Sunday, April 18, 2010

Womens Health and PVC

SWHR sends out quick notes on woman's health every month. This is a great way to keep informed and the e- newsletters are free!

The latest SWHR bulletin released this report from the Mt Sinai Medical Center:

"Phenols, phthalates and phytoestrogens are among chemicals known as endocrine disruptors, which interfere with the body’s endocrine, or hormone, system. They are found in a wide range of consumer products, such as nail polishes, where they increase durability, and in cosmetics, perfumes, lotions, and shampoos, where they carry fragrance. Some are used to increase the flexibility and durability of plastics such as PVC, or are included as coatings on medications or nutritional supplements to make them timed-release."

The PVC industry supports this with:

"The functional qualities of PVC make it a great material for protective clothing outdoors. It has long been the material of choice for children's rainwear, but is also put through more demanding tests through its use in protective work-wear. At the other end of the clothing industry, PVC has played an important role in fashion design for many years. From its early applications in the 1960s, PVC has grown into one of the most fashionable materials to make a regular appearance at major fashion shows around the world."

However "....phenols, phthalates and phytoestrogens—in young girls may disrupt the timing of pubertal development, and put girls at risk for health complications later in life. The study, the first to examine the effects of these chemicals on pubertal development, is currently published online in the journal of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice

Isn't it time we think before we buy and hold industries accountable , like put the burden of proof on them? We are all paying the consequences of a few bad ideas...that isn't fair, just or tolerable and we needn't continue being amiable, naive pawns.

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