Case Study On Endocrine Disruptors

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1. Research Question
a. What is an Endocrine Disruptors, and how does it affect the normal function of the endocrine system?
2. Overview of Topic by the Book
a. The endocrine system is responsible for controlling and organizing bodily functions. Hormones are first produced by the endocrine tissues, such as the testes, ovaries, adrenal, thyroid, pituitary, and pancreas. Once the hormone is produced, it is then secreted into the blood where it regulates the functions of organs in the body, maintaining homeostasis. (Kraemer, Fleck, & Deschenes, 2012). Endocrine disruptors can mimic naturally occurring hormones in the body like the estrogen, androgen, and thyroid hormones, potentially producing overstimulation (Kraemer, Fleck, & Deschenes, 2012).
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I will use the Exercise Physiology textbook to describe the basic function/ overview of how the endocrine system behaves. I can use the second question (see above) in the introduction when I am explaining the issue. This basic knowledge in the endocrine system, provided by the book, will make describing the scientific problems associated with endocrine disruptors easier since I am able to relate the issues back to the fundamental function of the endocrine system.
d. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (2010). Endocrine Disruptors. Retrieved February 15, 2016, from
i. This resource was created by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, as a way to help spread the awareness of Endocrine Disruptors. It goes through a basic overview, but the most valuable information is when the organization goes into how to spot, treat, and prevent the diseases associated to Endocrine Disruptors. For Example, the article lists the key points that researchers are beginning to explore.
1. • “Developing high throughput assays to determine which chemicals have endocrine disrupting activity” (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences,
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• “Developing intervention and prevention strategies” (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 2010).
Therefore, I will use the National Institute of Environment article as a way to help direct the final discussion with how to deal with this issue for the future.
e. Wang, Y., Zhou, J. (2013). Endocrine disrupting chemicals in aquatic environments: A potential reason for organism extinction? Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, 16(1), 88-93.
DOI: 10.1080/14634988.2013.759073
i. This source will mainly be used as support and research as justification for my thesis. This article houses multiple studies and experiments that relate to the environment effects caused by Endocrine Disruptors. This article is a quick overview of multiple studies done for this topic; highlights the methods and results sections. The abstract highlights how the environment and can accumulate within an organism, posing a potential threat to the survival and fitness specifically looking at aquatic species.

4. Thesis statement with Justification
a. Evidence concerns over endocrine disruptors are still debated, but the increasing incidence trends of endocrine-related metabolic disorders in humans, wildlife populations, and pre-natal studies are being to peak public and governmental

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