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(Reuters) - Man-made chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge in birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases, a U.N.-sponsored research team reported on Tuesday.
These substances, dubbed EDCs, could also be linked to a decline in the human male sperm count and female fertility, to an increase in once-rare childhood cancers and to the disappearance of some animal species, they said.
"It is clear that some of these chemical pollutants can affect the endocrinal (hormonal) system and ....may also interfere with the develop
dictator or a royal family or a religious group that may be more interested in their own wealth than they are in the health of their nation.
Effects of Human Exposure to Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Examined in Landmark United Nations Report
Feb. 19, 2013 — Many synthetic chemicals, untested for their disrupting effects on the hormone system, could have significant health implications according to the State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WHO.
More research is needed
In addition to chemical exposure, other environmental and non-genetic factors such as age and nutrition could be among the reasons for any observed increases in disease and disorders. But pinpointing exact causes and effects is extremely difficult due to wide gaps in knowledge.
"We urgently need more research to obtain a fuller picture of the health and environment impacts of endocrine disruptors," said Dr Maria Neira, WHO's Director for Public Health and Environment. "The latest science shows that communities across the globe are being exposed to EDCs, and their associated risks. WHO will work with partners to establish research priorities to investigate links to EDCs and human health impacts in order to mitigate the risks. We all have a responsibility to protect future generations."
Effects shown in wildlife or experimental animals may also occur in humans if they are exposed to EDCs at a vulnerable time and at concentrations leading to alterations of endocrine regulation. Of special concern are effects on early development of both humans and wildlife, as these effects are often irreversible and may not become evident until later in life. The third and final chapter of this document discusses exposure of humans and wildlife to EDCs and potential EDCs.
Maybe our grandchildren will go back towards what nature is left and enjoy a simpler life, being satisfied with what the earth creates.
Unfortunately this report will not slow the train down much, if at all. There are far to many people making millions on the profits of several industries to let that happen. But I pray that some day we will see an "Nuremburg style" trial for some of these folks. It is tatamount to "crimes against humanity" afterall. But I dare say that many millions will have to die before such a thing could come to pass.
About being independent individually and having a backyard garden, i think it would be much better to have a local community work together to form a self support unit, (let go of too much self interests!!!)
when things collapse the urban areas will be ruined but self sufficient rural areas will be much less affected.