The Endocrine Disruptor Exchange: Exploring Environmental Chemicals

Welcome to the Endocrine Disruptor Exchange page, where you will explore the world of persistent environmental chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system. Learn about major endocrine-disrupting chemicals, the impact of fracking, and the concerning presence of PFAS compounds. Gain insights into the implications of these disruptors on human and environmental health.

Founded in 2003 by Theo Colborn, with the prize money from the Blue Planet Prize (Asahi Glass Foundation), TEDX was a science based, nonprofit research institute with a mission to reduce the production and use of chemicals that interfere with healthy hormone function. TEDX identified and responded to pressing scientific questions and collaborating with partners to protect and improve human and ecological health. Until it closed in 2019, five years after Theo’s death, TEDX produced and shared scientific evidence of endocrine disruption with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and the public. Although no longer operating, the TEDX website resources remain available and are the source of excellent information about endocrine disruption.

Using systematic review methods developed by the US National Toxicology Program, TEDX answered questions about the hazards chemicals pose and published the results of those reviews in peer-reviewed scientific journals. It also hosted presentations and created unique interactive tools to communicate the work of other scientists studying endocrine disruption.
By partnering with other nonprofit organizations, TEDX shared this information with the public, policy makers from the local to global level, government agencies, and health-conscious businesses. The primary focus was endocrine disruption; however, it also explored the effects of other chemicals that, like endocrine disruptors, undermine the potential of humans and animals to thrive. TEDX believed preventing exposure to harmful chemicals is the best path to good health.

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