Endocrine Specialist Mineral Wells TX

Endocrine disrupters are chemicals found in scads of widely used products. They resemble hormones in their chemical structure, leading many researchers to believe that the body treats them as hormones, too. Once inside us, endocrine disrupters interfere with normal hormonal processes, causing genetic damage, especially in developing fetuses and children.

Kim Lewis McBride, MD
(713) 798-6550
Pearland, TX
Specialties
Medical Genetics, Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Saskatchewan, Coll Of Med, Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Texas Childrens Hospital, Houston, Tx; Ben Taub Hosp, Houston, Tx

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Mahlon V Freeman, MD
(940) 387-3585
Denton, TX
Specialties
Medical Genetics, Obstetrics And Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: Denton Reg Med Ctr, Denton, Tx; Denton Comm Hosp, Denton, Tx

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Vernon Reid Sutton, MD
(713) 798-4982
6701 Fannin St # F
Houston, TX
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1992

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Mary Esther Carlin, MD
(817) 877-1166
801 E Border St
Arlington, TX
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1970

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Heidi Ann Heilstedt, MD
6701 Fannin St # F
Houston, TX
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1994

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James R Lupski, MD
(713) 798-6530
1 Baylor Plz
Houston, TX
Specialties
Pediatrics, Medical Genetics
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Texas Childrens Hospital, Houston, Tx

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Maria A Blazo, MD
(361) 992-5253
6630 de Moss Dr
Houston, TX
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1993

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Terry Lewis Myers, MD
Plano, TX
Specialties
Clinical Genetics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1973

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Joaquin Santolaya Forgas, MD
(312) 355-3282
1400 Wallace Blvd
Amarillo, TX
Specialties
Clinical Genetics, Obstetrics And Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Madrid, Fac De Med, Madrid, Spain
Graduation Year: 1980

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Stephanie Marie Ware, MD
Pearland, TX
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1997

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A Clear & Plastic Danger

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By Alan Reder

In Hollywood’s 1967 classic The Graduate, our floundering hero, recent law school grad Ben Braddock, wonders what to do with his life when a family friend offers him a surefire career tip: “I want to say one word to you—plastics.” While Braddock doesn’t follow that advice, it was indeed solid counsel for that era. In 2008, however, plastics face a far more troubled future. The crux of the problem? Endocrine disruption.

Endocrine disrupters are chemicals found in scads of widely used products. They resemble hormones in their chemical structure, leading many researchers to believe that the body treats them as hormones, too. Once inside us, endocrine disrupters interfere with normal hormonal processes, causing genetic damage, especially in developing fetuses and children. Among other things, the chemicals throw sexual development off course, make reproductive systems go haywire, and cause hormone- related cancers. While the only proof of harm comes from animal testing, the threat appears to extend to humans as well.

Endocrine disruption flared as a hot topic in 1996, sparked by the book Our Stolen Future (Penguin, 1996), by zoologist Theo Colborn and others. By tying some alarming research to some just-as-alarming human trends, Colborn demonstrated that major impacts from endocrine disrupters might already be affecting the human population. For instance, the authors suggested that breast cancer rates, which have risen sharply since the mid-20th century, might be related to the widespread use of pesticides and herbicides that contain hormone-mimicking chemicals. Studies at the Strang Cornell Cancer Research Laboratory showed that the chemicals appear to push estrogen metabolism in a direction that profoundly boosts cancer risk.

In the 12 years since Colborn published Our Stolen Future, the federal government has responded to research-based questions about endocrine disrupters mainly by protecting corporations that profit from them. Yet evidence that Colborn and her coauthors were right continues to mount.

For a microcosm of what’s been happening with endocrine disrupters in the US, consider the case of the widely used chemical bisphenol-A (BPA). Industry loves BPA because it makes polycarbonate plastic clear and nearly unbreakable. An extensive body of literature supports the view that this chemical, originally developed as a synthetic estrogen, can cause hormonal chaos. “We’re talking about hundreds of studies with large sample sizes by the world’s premier scientists in endocrinology, neurobiology, and developmental biology—published in the major journals in the world,” says University of Missouri-Columbia neurobiologist Fred vom Saal, a pioneer in BPA research. But the FDA has so far declared BPA safe, citing instead two tiny studies. Those studies, unlike the independent research that counters them, were funded by the chemical industry.

The government has also failed to act against phthalates—chemicals used mainly to ...

Author: Alan Reder

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