Jodi Flaws, Professor of Comparative Biosciences, recently published a paper in Toxicological Sciences reviewing the research linking dozens of environmental chemicals to changes in the gut microbiome and associated health challenges.

“Chemicals such as bisphenols, phthalates and some pesticides, persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals can alter hormone metabolism and are associated with adverse health outcomes,” said Flaws.

According to the paper, BPA exposure may impact the risk of developing certain human cancers, including colorectal cancer.