TEDX's actions are based on three principles:
- Strict adherence to science is imperative during this period in the history of our country when science is being marginalized and dismissed while decisions are being made that could have widespread impact on the health of our children for generations to come. TEDX has developed a unique and comprehensive computer-based collection of scientific literature on endocrine disruptors. Although research on the health and environmental consequences of endocrine disruptors has decreased within government laboratories, considerable research is being conducted by academic scientists in the U.S. and other countries. As a result, the body of literature relative to endocrine disruption is growing rapidly, increasing the importance of data collection and collation within the TEDX database.
From this database, TEDX can develop reports on the endocrine disruption of specific chemicals and formulate research needs. As an example, a thorough review of TEDX’s database found that Bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic monomer used widely in the production of materials to package food, in plastics that are rapidly replacing steel, and as a fire retardant, has endocrine disrupting properties in every developing system in which it has been tested, depending on stage of exposure and dose. As another example of science-based service, TEDX was asked to assess the potential for endocrine disruption and other toxic effects of the chemicals injected into the ground and released into the air when drilling gas and oil deposits.
- Promoting education about the endocrine disruption posed by chemicals in the environment derives from concern that susceptible populations such as the embryo, fetus, young children, persons with infirmities, and the elderly may be at special risk. This concern is exacerbated by the fact that a growing list of endocrine disruptors are being found in almost all human tissue, including fetal tissue, in the northern hemisphere.
- Advocating policy changes to protect the public and the environment is based on the known and anticipated associations between endocrine disruptors and their link to reproductive and developmental disorders in children and offspring of animals in natural settings. It is well known within the public health community that prevention of disease and disability is the heart of public health purpose and practice. TEDX is committed to educating the public about the hazards of exposure to endocrine disruptors, promoting policies that support research on endocrine disruptors, and advocating public policies that will lead to reducing the number and amounts of endocrine disruptors in the home, workplace, and community environments.