Endocrine Specialist West Plains MO

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.

Burton Creek Weight Loss Solutions, Llc
(417) 256-2111
805 N Kentucky Ave
West Plains, MO
 
Stephen Robert Braddock, MD
(573) 882-6991
1 Hospital Dr Dept Peds
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1988

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Judith Helen Miles, MD
(573) 882-6991
U Mo Hlth Sci Ctr
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1975

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Stephen Bruce Dowton, MD
(314) 454-9376
1 Childrens Pl
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sydney, Fac Of Med, Sydney, Nsw, Australia
Graduation Year: 1980

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Laurie Denise Smith, MD
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1994

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Burton Creek Weight Loss Solutions, Llc
(417) 256-2111
805 N Kentucky Ave
West Plains, MO
 
Merlin Gene Butler, MD
(816) 234-3290
24th And Gillham
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Clinical Genetics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Childrens Mercy Hosp, Kansas City, Mo
Group Practice: Childrens Mercy Hospital Professional Group

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Rick Allen Martin, MD
(215) 427-8413
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1987

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Richard Ephraim Hillman, MD
(573) 882-6544
1 Hospital Drive,
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Medical Genetics, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1965

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Diana L Gray, MD
(314) 454-7700
216 S Kingshighway Blvd Ste 5300
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Medical Genetics, Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Barnes Jewish Hosp, Saint Louis, Mo

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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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