Hypothesis on endocrine disruption and other health issues
Extensive research ongoing
This has become known as the hormone – or endocrine – disruption theory. Extensive research into endocrine disruption theory is being carried out by the chemical industry and others in Europe, the United States and elsewhere. Phthalates have been implicated as one of a number of possible hormone-mimicking chemicals but they are not the only substances under scrutiny. So far, over 80 man-made products have come under scrutiny along with many naturally occurring substances (phyto-oestrogens) found in plants and vegetables.