New at ToxTown: Endocrine Disruptors

Never heard of “endocrine disruptors” or how you might be exposed to them? Then new information on the SIS online site, ToxTown, will help you understand how these everyday chemicals may interfere with your hormones and the human endocrine system. 

Known disruptors include dioxins, PCBs, DDT and some other pesticides. Suspected ones include phytoestrogens and fungal estrogens, the herbicide atrazine, bisphenol A and phthalate plasticizers. Also, many products and industrial processes use and/or release
several naturally-occurring heavy metals that affect hormonal activity and reproduction, including arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury.