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Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in Europe as well as globally. Environmental risk factors for Alzheimer’s have only recently been researched, with relatively few studies on the influence of toxic chemical exposures compared with other diseases. However, evidence is starting to emerge, and ongoing research is focusing on metal exposures (lead, aluminium, iron zinc, copper), pesticides, PCBs, […]

Attention Deficit Disorders

Attention Deficit Disorders

The incidence of developmental disabilities, which include learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and behavioural problems are dramatically increasing among children. Environmental, social and genetic factors, which interact, are important determinants of childhood brain development and function. The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights that, there is plausible evidence to conclude that chemicals contaminating the environment are linked with attention deficit disorders […]

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Today, it is breast and prostate cancer – two cancers which are “hormone dependent” and linked to our sex organs – that dominate the cancer epidemic. During the past 30 years – a period in which our exposure to chemicals has grown rapidly – the toll of breast cancer cases in women has increased 97%. As well as the traditional […]

Diabetes

Diabetes

Europe is faced with an epidemic of diabetes. The number of new cases has doubled in the past 15 years and is expected to rise by roughly 1% per year from now on. Rates vary from roughly one person in 65 in the 20-79 age group in Iceland to one person in 12 in Germany and Cyprus. The recent World […]

Obesity

Obesity

The number of people who are obese has tripled in many European countries since the 1980s, and the numbers affected continue to rise at an alarming rate. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the rate of obesity has more than doubled in the European Union and now affects 1 in 6 of the adult EU population. Scientific evidence on the […]

Male Reproductive Problems

Male Reproductive Problems

In some European countries, one in five boys has such a low sperm count that he may have difficulty fathering a child. One reason may be that male hormones are being disturbed by exposure to environmental chemicals, including the so-called “gender bending” hormone disruptors. Around one in six couples in the UK today will struggle to conceive a baby. In […]

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disease characterised by motor skill and speech impairments. The disease occurs as a result of a loss of nerve cells in the part of the brain that coordinates movement. Based on a large number of research studies, this disease has a long history of links to environmental exposures. A single causative toxicant has not […]

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Today, one in four cancers diagnosed in men is of the prostate. Prostate cancer – which is “hormone dependent” and linked to our sex organs – is one that dominates the cancer epidemic. During the past 30 years – a period in which our exposure to chemicals has grown rapidly – the number of cases of prostate cancer in men […]

Testicular Cancer

Testicular Cancer

One cancer that is primarily affected by the human sex hormones is testicular cancer. Although relatively rare, incidence is increasing in Europe with rates estimated to be doubling every 30 years. In Denmark, where rates are high, nearly 1% of men can expect to contract the disease. The case of testicular cancer’s causes being related to chemicals exposures is important […]

Other Diseases

Other Diseases

A large number of diseases and health problems other than those listed above have been linked to chemical exposure from the everyday environment. They include early puberty in girls, female infertility and adverse pregnancy outcomes, cancer of the ovary and the endometrium, thyroid cancer, endometriosis, asthma, and so on. Many of these conditions are increasingly common and environmental causes are […]