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The host of chemicals used to produce today's cosmetics, cleansers, household products and foods—from phthalates to BPA—are enough to make a person sick, literally.

These toxins, along with mercury from power plant emissions and lead from old paints and pipes, are contaminating the bodies of people around the world. As endocrine disruptors that mimic hormones, they can interfere with organ development, change brain chemistry and behavior, tamper with cognitive and reproductive processes and contribute to cancer. Read Pollution in People to learn about the problem and how to lessen your exposure.

Infants and children—and fetuses in the womb—are more vulnerable to endocrine-disrupting effects than adults. See Raising Healthy Children if you are a parent or think you may someday become one.

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