Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are environmental chemicals that affect the function of the endocrine system—chemicals found in certain drugs, pesticides, and compounds used in the plastics industry.
Commonweal has been concerned about, and working to bring awareness about, the adverse environmental and health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals for decades. Founded in 2016 by Jerrold J. (Jerry) Heindel, Phd, Commonweal’s Healthy Environment and Endocrine Disruptor Strategies (HEEDS) is a non-profit multidisciplinary coalition of scientists dedicated to improving communication, coordination and collaboration in the endocrine disruption field.
HEEDS is developed by scientists for scientists. Our overall goal is to help provide the data and framework needed to facilitate change in the manufacturing, marketing and management of chemicals to avert the ongoing erosion in the welfare of life on earth.
To accomplish this goal, we focus on the scientists working in the EDC field and on the scientific evidence evaluating the effect of endocrine disruption on human and wildlife health. We focus on improving communication, coordination and collaboration among scientists working on EDCs. We also aim to educate policy makers, regulatory agencies, physicians, and the general public.