Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s)

An endocrine disruptor is a synthetic chemical that when absorbed into the body either mimics or blocks hormones and disrupts the body’s normal functions. This disruption can happen through altering normal hormone levels, halting or stimulating the production of hormones, or changing the way hormones travel through the body, thus affecting the functions that these hormones control. Chemicals that are known human endocrine disruptors include diethylstilbesterol (the drug DES), dioxin, PCBs, DDT, and some other pesticides. Many chemicals, particularly pesticides and plasticizers, are suspected endocrine disruptors based on limited animal studies.   (from NRDC website)

NRDC: General information on EDCs

General information about EDCs in nature and affects on fish and wildlife 

Nice compendium of current scientific articles

Endocrine Society Statement 


Click for a list of common, known EDCs