Report Points Toxic Chemicals Extensively Damaging Human Health, Reproduction

Published By : 01 Oct 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

According to a report published by the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), rising number of miscarriages and still births are among the poor health outcomes associated with plastics, air pollutants, pesticides, and other chemicals. FIGO represents gynaecological and obstetrical organizations across 125 nations. The published report reveals that exposure to hazardous chemicals in air, water, and food is leading to millions of deaths with ever-increasing number of patients suffering from cancer, hyperactivity, and attention problems. The omnipresence of toxic environmental chemicals during pregnancy and breastfeeding has emerged as a threat to health human reproduction.

A team of scientists and physicians from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada have together worked on the report. Ahead of a global conference dealing with women’s health issues, the report has been published in the International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. According to Gian Carlo Di Renzo, a physician and the lead author of the report, unsafe and untested chemicals are impacting the human reproductive health to a larger extent and has emerged as a serious concern.

The report states that chemical manufacturing is estimated to be the fastest growing industry in the developing nations in the next five years. The international trade agreements are overlooking the much-required protections against the hazardous chemicals. The report has revealed some grave statistics: Due to exposure to outdoor and indoor air pollution, an estimated 7 million people die every year; exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in Europe is fuelling the healthcare costs at 157 billion euros per year; and the cost of childhood diseases caused by environmental toxins in the U.S. amounted to US$76.6 billion in 2008. The report mentions that policies need to be advocated by health professionals to prevent exposure to hazardous chemicals

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