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Main Title Toxic bodies : hormone disruptors and the legacy of DES /
Author Langston, Nancy.
Publisher Yale University Press,
Year Published 2010
OCLC Number 416215460
ISBN 9780300136074 (hc : alk. paper); 0300136072
Subjects Endocrine disrupting chemicals--History ; Endocrine disrupting chemicals--Government policy--United States--History ; Endocrine Disruptors--adverse effects--United States ; Endocrine Disruptors--history--United States ; Environmental Exposure--adverse effects--United States ; Environmental Exposure--history--United States ; History, 20th Century--United States ; History, 21st Century--United States
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ELAM  RA1224.2.L36 2010 Region 5 Library/Chicago,IL 08/30/2010
ERAM  RA1224.2 .L36 2010 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 02/22/2011
ESAM  RA1224.2.L36 2010 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 12/06/2010
Collation xvii, 233 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
Disrupting hormonal signals -- Before World War II : chemicals, risk, and regulation -- Help for women over forty -- Bigger, stronger babies with diethylstilbestrol -- Modern meat : hormones in livestock -- Growing concerns -- Assessing new risks -- Sexual development and a new ecology of health -- Precaution and the lessons of history. "In 1941 the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of diethylstilbestrol (DES), the first synthetic chemical to be marketed as an estrogen and one of the first to be identified as a hormone disruptor - a chemical that mimics hormones. Although researchers knew that DES caused cancer and disrupted sexual development, doctors prescribed it for millions of women, initially for menopause and then for miscarriage, while farmers gave cattle the hormone to promote rapid weight gain. Its residues, and those of other chemicals, in the American food supply are changing the internal ecosystems of human, livestock, and wildlife bodies in increasingly troubling ways." "In this gripping exploration, Nancy Langston shows how these chemicals have penetrated into every aspect of our bodies and ecosystems, yet the U.S. government has largely failed to regulate them and has skillfully manipulated scientific uncertainty to delay regulation. Personally affected by endocrine disruptors, Langston argues that the FDA needs to institute proper regulation of these commonly produced synthetic chemicals."--BOOK JACKET.