Theo Colborn, Ph.D.
President of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Theo Colborn is Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and President of TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange). She written and lectured widely on the human health and environmental threat posed by endocrine disruptors and other industrially-produced chemicals at low concentrations in the environment. Her prior positions include a Fellowship at the Office of Technology Assessment (US Congress); Senior Fellow, W. Alton Jones Foundation; researcher at the Conservation Foundation; director of the Wildlife and Contaminants program at WWF-US. In June 2000 Dr. Colborn was awarded the Blue Planet Prize, the 1999 Norwegian Rachel Carson Prize, the 2003 Society of Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry's Rachel Carson Award, and Time Magazine's 2007 Environmental Heroes Award.
"When one asks, “What caused that single cell to split and keep splitting until it morphed into a baby?”, the baby-making story begins to read like a real fairy tale. It is hard to believe that in the invisible universe where the egg is developing, there are hormones operating in the part-per-trillion range. And that each hormone is programmed to exert its influence on the construction of the baby only during rigid windows of time. No other period in the baby’s life is as fragile as during those early days when its organs and brains are being constructed and programmed. And just as there are fairy tale villains, there are many modern chemicals that can enter the womb environment and disturb its sacred hormonal balance."From HEALTHY CHILD HEALTHY WORLD. Reprinted by arrangement with Plume, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright (c) 2009 by Healthy Child Healthy World.To read more from Theo and many others, pick up your copy of our book, Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home, today.