Researchers in the United States have discovered a class of chemicals found in water, air, and food that can seriously affect human health. They need additional tests, but scientists are proposing to temporarily ban them.
Scientists have compiled a list of synthetic chemicals known as “endocrine disruptors” that have gradually spread in water, air, food, and blood. Large amounts of these substances can cause great harm to the body.
These include some household chemicals used in food, packaging, cosmetics, household products, detergents, textiles, electronics, and pesticides. For example, researchers have identified 15 chemicals that disrupt the human endocrine system. The United Nations (UN) has listed 45 known chemicals that can inhibit hormonal development.
Also, a group of researchers from New York University School of Medicine added to this list. This includes polybrominated diphenyl ethers, widely used as fire retardants. The authors found evidence that these chemicals may be linked to hormonal problems, polycystic ovary syndrome, obesity, increased glucose intolerance, and so on.
What’s more, the authors say they have more evidence that exposure to bisphenols, organophosphate pesticides, and flame retardants may be associated with cognitive problems such as impaired attention. However, they need more research.
While most research on these chemicals is still in its early stages, scientists are confident that the substances should be banned during this time. They argue that there is already sufficient evidence to proactively take action, at least until “until we can make these chemicals really safe”.