Wikipedia defines Endocrine Disruptors as:
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that, at certain doses, can interfere with the endocrine (or hormone system) in mammals. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Any system in the body controlled by hormones can be derailed by hormone disruptors. Specifically, endocrine disruptors may be associated with the development of learning disabilities, severe attention deficit disorder, cognitive and brain development problems; deformations of the body (including limbs); breast cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid and other cancers; sexual development problems such as feminizing of males or masculinizing effects on females.
What: Informational talk on Endocrine Disruptors by Dr. Paul Winchester
When: Thursday, June 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Unitarian Church, 3000 West Richwoods, Peoria (west on Richwoods off of Sterling just north of the Kroger store on Sterling)
Dr. Winchester is skilled in presenting his information about the potential health impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals- such as pesticides like Atrazine– to both lay people and professionals.
Dr. Winchester has conducted extensive research on endocrine disrupting chemicals and health outcomes. In one study, he found statistically significant correlations between birth defects among children conceived during peak periods of application of atrazine, a herbicide used widely in central Illinois. His further research found statistically significant correlations between learning disabilities among children conceived during peak periods of atrazine application.
Environmental contaminants, most of which are endocrine disruptors, have been linked to certain cancers, obesity, diabetes, autism, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD. These are the epidemics of modern life and the scourges of public health.
Dr. Winchester will review historical trends, patterns of exposure, mechanism of action, health impacts and alterations in gene structure not caused by heredity or natural effects.
The public is invited to a free presentation Dr. Winchester is giving at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 3000 W. Richwoods Boulevard, Peoria.