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Chemicals in our food and consumer products – A missing link in the epidemics of obesity & diabetes? March 2012

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Chemical Cocktails – Harmful mixtures upset our hormonesJuly 2010

Scientists believe that increasing rates of cancer, diabetes and infertility could be reduced by removing certain hormone disrupting chemicals from products that we use in our daily lives. But to date political action has been half-hearted. This leaflet shows that there are opportunities to protect human and wildlife health by better implementation of chemicals legislation, they just need to be grasped. It also contains tips how to reduce individual exposures.

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The concerns about Bisphenol A (BPA) and recommendations for action.  Dec 2010

Most people in the industrialised world are exposed to BPA, a known hormone disrupting chemical (gender bender). It is used in the manufacture of clear polycarbonate plastic; for babies’ feeding bottles and to manufacture other plastics, including the lining inside food and drink cans.  The health effects linked with exposure to BPA include: breast cancer, prostate cancer, endometriosis, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, altered immune system and effects on reproduction, brain development and behaviour, including behaviour in children.

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Men under threat: The decline in male reproductive health and the potential role of exposure to chemicals during in-utero development 2009

This briefing highlights the trend in deteriorating male reproductive health and the links with hormone disrupting chemicals.  It also has a comprehensive list of chemicals that are associated with disruption of male reproductive development and the consumer products and food in which they are found.

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Breast Cancer: Preventing the preventable 2008

This short leaflet briefly describes the evidence that hormonally active chemical may be implicated in breast cancer.

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The Toxic Consumer 2006
Karen Ashton & Elizabeth Salter GreenThe Toxic Consumer is an accessible guide to the most common toxic chemicals, the products they are in and ways to reduce your exposure to them. This entertaining book lifts the lid on the potential hazards of modern living and shows you how to clean up your act.
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