TEDX, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange in Paonia, is recognized for its focus on health and environmental problems caused by low-dose or ambient exposure to chemicals that interfere with human development and function.
Carol Kwiatkowski, TEDX executive director, recently spoke at the HEAL Annual General Assembly 2012 in Belgium on Sept. 14.
HEAL is an acronym for Health and Environment Alliance which is based in Brussels. HEAL is a non-profit exploring how the environment affects health in the European Union. They have over 70 member organizations in the alliance.
Kwiatkowski attended the conference to demonstrate the science behind endocrine disrupting chemicals. Specifically, she shared the science behind the TEDX tool, Critical Windows of Development. This research can be found on the TEDX website. The current tool TEDX has shown the effect of two plastics, a pesticide and a combustion by-product. The researchers and scientists at TEDX are now looking at the effects of chemicals used in non-stick pans and for water-proofing clothes.
About 50 professionals from the EU participated representing Action for Breast Cancer Foundation in Malta, Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment in Armenia, Cancer Prevention and Education Society from the United Kingdom, European Academy for Environmental Medicine in Germany, European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association in Belgium, Infection Ecology and Epidemiology Network in Sweden, Clean Air Action Group from Hungary, International Network on Children's Health, Environment and Safety in the Netherlands, and others.
"It's informing those groups how important it is to look at environmental origins of disorders they are concerned with," Kwiatkowski stated. "What I was specifically presenting was this tool that we have to look at the impact of chemicals at various points in prenatal development."
Her two points from her talk were that just one chemical can affect multiple different systems throughout the body whether it's the brain, reproductive system, various endocrine organs or the immune system.
"That's one of out of hundreds and hundreds of endocrine disrupting chemicals we are exposed to on a regular basis," she said.
Her second point was that this is studied in just the first two months of pregnancy when a woman may not even realize she is pregnant. "It's real important for people to understand these as part of pre-pregnancy health."
TEDX is encouraging the various groups to collaborate and coordinate their efforts to push for policy change. "The same chemical that affects the metabolic system, which relates to diabetes and obesity, also affects breast cancer outcomes," she said.
Besides policy changes for governments, it is hoped that there will be more public information available.
Kwiatkowski said the attendees jumped from the science in her talk to how they could use the information in their work. "They were excited about moving forward in their organizations developing materials for policy and public information," Kwiatkowski said.blog comments powered by Disqus