Well & Aware

Just The Facts: What’s An Endocrine Disruptor?

More often than not, when we think of how exposure to chemicals can harm us, we conjure images of barrels full of toxic sludge with the tell-tale skull and crossbones. Truth be told, that simply is not the case. Some chemicals can be harmful even in really low doses, like hormone (or endocrine) disruptors. In fact, tiny amounts of these chemicals can sometimes do more damage than large amounts. It may be counterintuitive, but the body is used to dealing with really small amounts of natural hormones. So when foreign endocrine disruptors from our environment—like our food and our cosmetics—enter our bodies in tiny doses throughout the day, they mimic real life.


The endocrine system is extraordinarily complex and important—it regulates our mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, sexual function, and reproductive processes. Any of these changes can produce serious developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune problems.