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Re: [Fwd: Reproductive Health Scientific Studies]

   I don't know who they are, but we certainly need to find out.
  They could do a lot of damage to reputable scientific
  inquiry. By focusing on phthalates, they could veer people
  away from the much more dangerous organochlorine
  endocrine disruptors - PCBs, dioxins, and others...
  We need to find out who they are and who funds them.
  Weinberg sounds familiar. I wonder if it is Alvin Weinberg,
  the pro-nuclear guy...
  -----Original Message-----
  From: Jackie Hunt Christensen <jchristensen@igc.apc.org>
  To: Multiple recipients of list <dioxin-l@essential.org>
  Date: Thursday, November 13, 1997 12:24 PM
  Subject: Re: [Fwd: Reproductive Health Scientific Studies]
  >As the Sundance Kid said to Butch Cassidy, "Who ARE those guys???"
  >At 11:41 AM 11/13/97 -0500, you wrote:
  >>Chemicals and Plastics Do Not Impair Reproductive Health Scientific
  >Studies Find
  >>LA Times
  >>McLEAN, Va.--(BW HealthWire)--Nov. 11, 1997-- Misuses of Science in Public
  >>Health Scares Explored at American College of Toxicology -- Drive On to
  >>Improve Quality of Science in Legal and Media Communities The Weinberg
  >>Cites Poor Science Used in Endocrine Disruptor Debate Low-level chemical
  >>exposures to plastics in food, water and man-made consumer products have
  >>been found not to cause reproductive harm in humans, according to new
  >>scientific research by the Weinberg Group, a Washington, D.C. and Brussels
  >>based international scientific consulting firm. The disclosure was made in
  >>symposium on "Toxicity, Risk Assessment, and the Law," at the Eighteenth
  >>Annual Meeting of the American College of Toxicology (ACT), November 9-12
  >>McLean, Virginia. To avoid unnecessary public health scares and
  >>expenditures, the Weinberg Group underscored the increasing challenge of
  >>using quality science in the endocrine disruptor and other health debates.
  >>Dr. Paul Chrostowski, scientific head and worldwide director for Risk
  >>Management at the Weinberg Group responded to the recent high level of
  >>activity surrounding a particular category of xenobiotic chemicals
  >>disruptors -- which are alleged to harm human endocrine systems and
  >>reproductive health at very low levels of exposure. Dr. Chrostowski
  >>highlighted the challenge to the legal community and the media in using
  >>good, rigorous scientific analysis, rather than junk science to address
  >>important issue. Dr. Chrostowski said, "Many issues that exist at the
  >>interface between science and the law have become so complex that they can
  >>only be addressed by use of highly technical scientific evidence. As the
  >>burden on science to supply legal answers has increased, the potential for
  >>the misuse of science has also increased."
  >>The annual meetings included thirteen separate symposiums on scientific
  >>issues affecting human and animal health, and the environment, assembling
  >>international scientists, lawyers and media representatives from
  >>academic and industry from the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe.
  >>Scientific Response
  >>Many alarmists have alleged that declining sperm counts, increased
  >>testicular, prostate, and breast cancer and reproductive health risks to
  >>adults as well as children, are the result of plastics and similar
  >>in the environment. New data that absolves certain plastics of being the
  >>cause of these illnesses has been presented to the National Institutes of
  >>Health and International Life Sciences Institute by scientists at the
  >>Weinberg Group. The firm's scientific evaluation team reported that the
  >>class of chemicals in question were 30,000 times less potent than natural
  >>estrogens and are non-toxic to reproductive systems at environmentally
  >>relevant levels of exposure.
  >>The Weinberg Group's research report indicated that "experimental doses
  >>necessary to cause reproductive toxicity in animals are generally a
  >>to more than one hundred thousand times higher than the typical daily
  >>exposure level in humans." The Weinberg Group concluded that, "available
  >>data do not support the notion that certain chemical components of
  >>specifically phthalates, pose a significant reproductive or developmental
  >>risk from ambient or other low-level exposures, such as is likely with
  >>dietary or consumer product use." The report announced that "additional
  >>study and regulation do not appear warranted, given the low magnitude of
  >>threat posed by these compounds."
  >>The Weinberg Group has undertaken a series of research efforts aimed at
  >>addressing the threat posed by endocrine modulating chemicals. The Group
  >>investigated the potential threat posed by phthalate esters and related
  >>compounds, which are used extensively in the manufacture of plastics and
  >>present at low levels in many consumer products and medical devices.
  >>It was in the review of the information gathered in this investigation,
  >>along with a detailed review of other published literature and a classical
  >>health risk assessment, that The Weinberg Group uncovered the non-threat
  >>posed by these compounds.
  >>Alarmists Push Endocrine Disruptors Issue
  >>Chemical modulation of the endocrine system has been a topic of scientific
  >>investigation for decades, but the publication of Our Stolen Future in the
  >>Spring of 1996 elevated this issue from the ranks of academic speculation
  >>one of nationwide concern. Since that time, the popular and scientific
  >>has been peppered with scare stories about the illnesses caused by certain
  >>chemicals and plastics.
  >>This level of concern and the accumulated scientific evidence led Congress
  >>to pass legislation in the Summer of 1996 requiring the U.S. Environmental
  >>Protection Agency to develop and implement a testing program to identify
  >>endocrine modulating chemicals that are present in any product to which a
  >>"substantial segment of the population" could be exposed.
  >>In the meantime, individual states, including New York, Massachusetts, and
  >>Illinois, have begun to develop regulatory agendas to address this issue.
  >>The European Union also is contemplating similar activities. Plasticizers,
  >>resins, and surfactants used in detergents and other consumer products
  >>been widely targeted as chemicals requiring research and possible
  >>The Weinberg Group is the leading international scientific consultancy in
  >>the world, resolving issues that combine science, management, law, and
  >>regulation. Founded in 1983, the Weinberg Group provides scientifically
  >>based management consulting services from its U.S. and European
  >>in Washington and Brussels.
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  >>Do no harm.
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  >>with a mosquito!
  >Jackie Hunt Christensen
  >Food Safety Project Director
  >Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
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