Solved by a verified expert:Disruptions of the Endocrine System
Your endocrine system regulates so
many important activities. It is scary to think that there are natural and
man-made substances that could possibly disrupt it. In certain doses, chemicals
known as endocrine disruptors can interfere with the normal functioning of the
endocrine system. Have you ever seen a plastic product indicating that it is
“BPA-free”? BPA (bisphenol A) is a chemical used in the production of
polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. It can enter the body by seeping into
food from the internal epoxy resin coatings of canned foods or from products
such as plastic polycarbonate tableware, water bottles and baby bottles. Some
research has shown that exposure to BPA can have possible effects on the brain,
mimic the effects of reproductive hormones and can alter the behavior in
infants and children.
Conduct some additional research on
the different types of endocrine disruptors that are recognized, and then, in
your main post, answer the following topics:
1. List two examples of man-made and nature made endocrine
2. For your two examples, describe the effects of either a
man-made or natural endocrine disruptor at a high and low dose.
3. Before conducting your research, were you aware of what
endocrine disruptors were? If so, explain your knowledge of these chemicals.
4. What steps can you take to help ensure you do not come in
contact with endocrine disruptors?
What other food, drugs, dyes, or
environmental factors can you avoid (unrelated to the endocrine system) because
you believe they alter the body’s normal chemistry or functioning? Explain your