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This powerful video brings light to the tens of thousands of everyday products (makeup, vinyl, plastics, pesticides) that are linked to conditions such as asthma, autism, ADHD, diabetes, cancer, infertility, cognitive disorders, obesity, reproductive disorders and birth defects. Largely unregulated or even tested for safety, they have become embedded into every part of our lives and this video calls for a complete overhaul of their use. It looks specifically at three endocrine disruptors: phthalates, bisphenol A and flame retardants (PBDE). These chemicals enter our bodies, alter hormone regulation processes and can affect development, metabolism, fertility, and intelligence.
Consumer power and policy advocacy are encouraged as a means to better ensure public health and safety going forward.
This video could be used in high school biology classes to illustrate how chemicals in our environment can affect homeostasis by drawing attention to the effects that exposure to these products may have on the function of human tissues and organs. It also supports those outcomes in environmental chemistry and health science that address human activities and chemical reactions in the environment. The video encourages advocacy and individual action in bringing awareness to the links between many health conditions and the everyday products we use.
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