A new study by the University of Missouri reveals that residents living near "unconventional oil and gas operations" were at a higher risk for endocrine-disruption from exposure to fracking chemicals. Health professionals are well aware that tinkering with the endocrine system is no joke. Acting as the body's messengers, hormones are key to regulating growth, emotions, metabolism, puberty, and many other bodily functions. Mounting scientific evidence also suggests other associations between fracking and health effects, such as the relationship between air quality and fracking. Health experts who already respond to the problems their patients experience from endocrine disruption and respiratory issues can get involved in advocating for clean energy sources and working toward solutions. Fracking is no longer just a matter of energy, it's a matter of public health. This is why it's critical to address our concerns now, before fracking sites arrive in more communities.
By Jan Lee I Monday, Sep 21, 2015
There is mounting data to suggest that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can have adverse affects on the environment. A new study, however, suggests that populations living close to fracking sites also have a higher incidence of health complications.
Researchers at the University of Missouri studied data to determine whether residential populations living near what they called “unconventional oil and gas operations,” or UOGs, were at a higher risk for endocrine-disruption from exposure to fracking chemicals. The scientists examined case studies and peer-reviewed publications and concluded that each of the chemicals needed a more intensive case-by-case study when used near human populations.
“We recommend a process to examine the total endocrine disrupting activity from exposure to the mixtures of chemicals used in and resulting from these operations in addition to examining the effects of each chemical on its own,” said Susan C. Nagel and Christopher D. Kassotis. Nagel, a professor in obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health, and Kassotis, a doctoral student in the division of biological sciences, worked with colleagues from across the country to determine the impact of the chemicals — which have largely not been studied for their impact on the human endocrine system.
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