hydrocarbons, such as polychlorinated biphenols (PCBs) and dioxin, has been
demonstrated in laboratory animals (Rier SE et al 1995; Mayani A et al 1997);
some human data support the association. These toxic chemicals can affect
hormones and disrupt immune function.
hormonal responses and immune system function (Clark GC et al 1991; Neubert R et
al 1991; Koninckx PR 1999; Safe S et al 1991). One study showed a direct link
between exposure to dioxin and the incidence of endometriosis in monkeys.
Severity of disease was directly correlated with the dose of dioxin. Monkeys in
the study showed abnormalities in their immune systems similar to the changes
seen in women with endometriosis (Rier SE et al 1993, 2001).
pesticides. Dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs have been shown to increase the risk of
multiple cancers, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease; impair prostate
development and reproductive capabilities; reduce memory function; and suppress
the immune system (Roman BL et al 1998; Michalek JE et al 1999; Barrett DH et al
2001; Crump KS et al 2002; Lind PM et al 2004).