New America Media - New Study Asks: Is Your Home Trying to Kill You?

August 20, 2010

Question & Answer, Ngoc Nguyen

Excerpt: A new study that measures levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in homes in two San Francisco Bay Area cities – Richmond and Bolinas – found similar levels of the chemicals in both settings. These results indicate that exposure to the compounds is widespread.

The health impacts of endocrine disruptors, which mimic naturally occurring human hormones, are still being studied. But concern is mounting that these chemicals could be partly to blame for aberrations in child development, including early puberty and breast development in girls as young as 7 or 8.

The study, published online this month in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, was funded by The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and The New York Community Trust.

Study co-author Rachel Morello-Frosch, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, spoke with New America Media’s Ngoc Nguyen about the study findings.

Household Exposure Study: Richmond and Bolinas, California