I was a child in the fifties when suddenly the world was excited by new synthetic chemicals from fossil fuels.
Noone thought of consequences. The chemicals drifting into our lives on all levels seemed exciting and new, and it was assumed science was always right.
Endocrine disruption or the gradual assimilation of these chemicals into our bodies had begun.
Yes there had been such chemicals before but it was only in the 1950's that such a massive onslaught of endocrine disrupters entered everyday life.
An international public health issue had begun under the glowing banner of progress.
Recognition of the damage of endocrine disrupting chemicals began in the late 1970s and early 1980s with a myriad of animal and human health issues.
Somehow the complexity of both animal and human endocrine systems had been overlooked by the scientific bodies monitoring the safety of the many new chemicals being introduced or maybe they simply had not considered how long the chemicals would last or how they would combine with what was already out there in the reality called our planet.
I was a child during this comedy of errors and three breast cancers later I have removed myself from as many of these chemicals as I am able and am cancer free and well.
But many of my contemporaries have not been so lucky and I think back to how it was really believed science had all the answers.
Now governments are allowing Coal Seam Gas, that is CSG or Fracking, more endocrine disrupting chemicals being spewed out into an already overloaded world
Short term monetary gain will destroy good soil and clean water.
I could scream over this issue.
Just when are our leaders going to find solutions that create a cleaner world not one filled with more endocrine disrupting chemicals.