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Hormonal Chaos: The Scientific and Social Origins of the Environmental Endocrine Hypothesis Hardcover – March 27, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press (March 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756771137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756771133
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,042,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The environmental endocrine hypothesis claims that a diverse array of industrial and agricultural chemicals can interfere with the body's normal hormone functions and cause reproductive, neurological, and developmental abnormalities in humans and wildlife. Based upon a sizable body of literature and research initially documented in Theo Colborn & others' Our Stolen Future (LJ 2/15/96), this hypothesis quickly gained both supporters and critics among various organizations, government agencies, scientific bodies, and trade groups. Krimsky (urban and environmental policy, Tufts Univ.) explains the development of the theory, response of the scientific community, challenges facing policy makers, and attitudes regarding public safety. This is a fascinating look at the motivations and responsibilities of scientists, politicians, journalists, and industries, who rush to defend their turf when new controversies arise regarding public safety. It also details the complexity of scientific communication. Recommended for environmental and public health collections.AIrwin Weintraub, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The environmental endocrine hypothesis claims that a diverse array of industrial and agricultural chemicals can interfere with the body's normal hormone functions and cause reproductive, neurological, and developmental abnormalities in humans and wildlife. Based upon a sizable body of literature and research initially documented in Theo Colborn & others' Our Stolen Future (LJ 2/15/96), this hypothesis quickly gained both supporters and critics among various organizations, government agencies, scientific bodies, and trade groups. Krimsky (urban and environmental policy, Tufts Univ.) explains the development of the theory, response of the scientific community, challenges facing policy makers, and attitudes regarding public safety. This is a fascinating look at the motivations and responsibilities of scientists, politicians, journalists, and industries, who rush to defend their turf when new controversies arise regarding public safety. It also details the complexity of scientific communication. ---- Library Journal

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Grose on June 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is not a book for environmentalists, only. Those who are pregnant or those who want healthy grandchildren will especially want to read Hormonal Chaos by Sheldon Krimsky. Every person who bought Mary Shomons' or Dr. Sanford Siegals' new books on thyroid failure should be interested in this book on the Environmental Endocrine Hypothesis. Synthetic thyroid is one of the most prescribed medications in the world. Thyroid disease is on the rise. Any person who ever faced infertility, prostate cancer or most cancer for that matter, reduced cognitive function, congestive heart failure, diabetes or immune dysfunction in themselves or someone they love must read Hormonal Chaos. Endocrine failure is involved in all of the above; furthermore,environmental endocrine disrupters may be the trigger that sets off a cascade of disease which results in "ambiguous sexual development" or fewer males. Krimsky has a very important message.
Sheldon Krimsky has written a readable, persuasive, informative and timely book. This is not a quick read but an engrossing read. Sheldon has proven a link between environmental toxins and endocrine disease. He offers not only a credible theory for endocrine failure through environmental toxins but documents it with scientifically sound data. Krimsky says, "It is usually in books, not in peer-reviewed journals, that one finds bold synthetic ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries." Sheldon Krimsky has crossed those boundaries; he is one of those courageous individuals who takes us to the next paradigm at perhaps his own peril.
Could the trigger that unleashes endocrine imbalance and failure be estrogenic hormonal modulators? Is it possible that with or even without a genetic glitch an environmental trigger could mean hormonal chaos?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hadassah H. Paz on April 4, 2009
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This is a good book but took awhile to get it over here on Guam. Thanks

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