Our Stolen Futurea book by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers



On 26 May 2005, Environmental Media Services held an international teleconference to allow reporters to hear and question experts on endocrine disruption about two new scientific studies being released:

  • Swan et al. report strong associations between phthalate levels in pregnant women and demasculinization of their baby boys' genitals. According to nation-wide surveys, one-quarter of American women have phthalate levels at least as high as the levels associated with significant changes in this study.
  • In experiments with mice, Muñoz-de-Toro et al. show that perinatal exposure to extremely low (part-per-trillion) doses of bisphenol A (BPA) causes changes in patterns of mammary gland development at the time of puberty. When changes like those observed in these mice take place in humans, they are associated with increased risks to breast cancer. Most people in the US are exposed to this level of BPA.

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Arlie Schardt
Environmental Media Services


Shanna Swan, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Paul Foster, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Ana M. Soto, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell Biology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D.
Professor, Reproductive Biology and Neurobiology, University of Missouri-Columbia






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Questions from press

Elizabeth Weise, USA Today

Matt Crenson, Associated Press

Juliet Elperin, Washington Post

Seth Borenstein, Knight Ridder

Jane Kay, San Francisco Chronicle

Elizabeth Weise, USA Today

Matt Crenson, Associated Press

Andy Coghlan, New Scientist

Mark Prigg, Evening Standard, London

Richard Harris, National Public Radio

Jane Kay, San Francisco Chronicle






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