SPF’s PEPS’PE Study: Prioritizing Health Effects of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals for Public Health Surveillance

France’s national public health agency, Santé Publique France (SPF), has identified 21 health effects associated with endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are deemed a priority for surveillance. The PEPS’PE study initiated in 2021 aims to prioritize health effects linked to endocrine disruptors, acknowledging the growing body of scientific literature indicating potential risks such as neurodevelopment disorders, metabolic diseases, immune function disorders, and thyroid disorders.

Santé Publique France has been monitoring the reproductive health effects of endocrine disruptors since 2015 but now recognizes the need for expanded surveillance due to additional health risks posed by these chemicals. Endocrine disruptors interfere with the hormone system, impacting development in utero and health throughout life stages by attaching to hormone receptors and altering hormone levels in the body. As hormones regulate various bodily functions, even low doses of endocrine disruptors can have significant health effects, challenging traditional assumptions about dose-response relationships in toxicology.

The complexity of endocrine disruptors lies in their ability to influence multiple hormone receptors and biological pathways, potentially leading to a variety of health issues. Monitoring these effects is crucial to safeguard public health, prompting SPF to extend its surveillance. The agency plans to focus on the 21 prioritized health effects associated with endocrine disruptors, ranging from reproductive issues to metabolic disorders and cancer.

Recognizing the pervasiveness of endocrine disruptors in everyday products, such as plastics and household items, it becomes essential to minimize exposure. By making informed choices like filtering water, opting for organic foods, and reducing plastic usage, individuals can reduce their contact with these harmful chemicals. Avoiding products treated with flame retardants, stain-repellent treatments, and fast food containers, among others, can help limit exposure to endocrine disruptors.

The implications of endocrine disruptors on human health are far-reaching, with researchers warning about potential fertility crises and increased risks of various diseases. Understanding the effects of these chemicals and taking proactive steps to minimize exposure are crucial for maintaining overall well-being and reducing health risks associated with endocrine disruptors.

To read more about the impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on health and fitness, visit Dr. Mercola’s original article published on Losesize.com.

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