Quoted in The Hundred-Year Lie:
Medical scientists rarely make alarmist statements or apocalyptic predictions in public for fear of ridicule or being ostracized by their peers. That tendency toward caution makes the joint declaration known as “The Vallombrosa Consensus Statement on Environmental Contaminants” all the more startling in its directness and import. Sounding an alarm about the link between synthetic chemicals and infertility, forty U.S. and Canadian physicians and scientists representing the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Stanford University’s School of Medicine, Harvard’s School of Public Health, and a dozen other prominent research institutions signed and released a public statement in October 2005 affirming key findings in this book:
- 12 percent of the U.S. reproductive population now experiences infertility, and that rate is rising overall, particularly among women under twenty-five years of age.
- A “growing body of literature and research” implicates “a wide array of modern chemicals” in this infertility trend.
- Similar effects of infertility, along with desmasculinization and birth defects, are being documented among wildlife populations.
- Low levels of exposures to chemical contaminants are causing these effects in both humans and animal life.
- Current technologies to measure the health impacts of multiple chemicals in the human body “significantly underestimate effects of chemical mixtures.”
- The link between synthetic chemicals and infertility “is a question of profound human, scientific and public policy significance” and the scientific evidence for such a connection “is sufficient to raise troubling questions about the future of human reproductive health.”
Fitzgerald, Randall (2006-06-22). The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health (p. 220). Plume. Kindle Edition.