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Sunday, July 18th, 2004, 01:13 PM
Boys will be girls - eventually
Extinction threat rises as creatures ingest 'gender-bending' chemicals from plastics and pesticides

Mark Townsend
Sunday July 18, 2004
The Observer (http://www.observer.co.uk/)

Mother narure is taking over. An extraordinary feminisation process has begun to affect Britain's wildlife - and scientists warn it could ultimately dismantle the evolutionary process that has existed for 3.5 billion years. A trend first noted in whelks is starting to spread rapidly among other wildlife species in the food chain.

The first national survey of 42 rivers by the Environment Agency has just been completed and it found that a third of male fish are growing female reproductive tissues and organs. Effects were most pronounced in younger fish, raising grave implications for future stocks.

Scientists now fear that seals, dolphins, otters, birds such as peregrine falcons and even honey bees are heading towards a uni-sex existence that would lead to extinction. Blame has fallen on the increasing prevalence of a group of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors. These are found in in plastics, food packaging, shampoos and pesticides and accumulate in the environment. They can mimic the female hormone oestrogen when ingested.

A reduction in the size of male genitals, a lower sex drive and parts of the testes turning into ovary tissue are among the symptoms. As the effect of the chemicals starts to creep up the food chain, concern will mount over the potential effect on human health amid increasing evidence of falling sperm counts and infertility among men.

Charles Tyler, professor of environmental and molecular fish biology at the University of Exeter, who is leading an international team studying the impact of so-called 'gender-bending' chemicals warns that a point where a species can no longer reproduce is a very real concern.

'We have reached a crucial point. Now we are starting to see the effects while only just starting to understand what is happening. This poses a serious threat to species in some areas,' said Tyler.

Others studying the phenomena say the feminisation process is a warning from nature that a nightmare is about to unfold. Pressure will again resume this week on ministers to curb the use of 'gender-bending' chemicals. Environmentalists will point to research revealing that honey bees, so vital for the pollination of plants, were found to display a lower sex drive with fewer eggs laid by the queen after exposure to endocrine disruptors. They also point to recent studies involving bottle-nosed dolphins in the North Sea. Again, the presence of chemicals has been linked to an increase in birth defects, most notable among male specimens, along with more infant deaths which has resulted in an ageing of the population.

So far the government has agreed to fund studies into suspicions that the otter's comeback after decades of decline will be hampered by the feminising effects of the chemicals. A separate study has just been funded into the dipper which feeds on fish taken from the rivers.

Tyler is among those who have complained that the huge gap in scientific knowledge over gender bending pollutants has so far prevented any action in the outlawing of chemicals.

Toxicology expert Andreas Kortenkamp of the University of London's school of pharmacy, believes the government has 'grossly underestimated' the chemicals' effects. He believes that current safeguards to protect wildlife are grossly inadequate. In particular, he warns that nothing is being done to calculate how cocktails of chemicals react in the environment. More than 100,000 synthetic chemicals remain authorised for use, with the European Union holding a list of 550 potential endocrine disruptors. It is not yet known precisely which ones have altered the male reproductive organs of bream, carp, roach and gudgeon or caused hormone disruption among grey seal pups in the North Sea.

Bees were found to be affected by chemicals used commonly on crops in the UK countryside.

The findings coincide with renewed concern over fertility levels among men. Sperm counts have fallen by a third between 1989 and 2002, according to some studies, while one in six British couples now experiences difficulty in conceiving. Contaminated drinking water caused by the by-products of the contraceptive pill flowing back into the system is one of the the explanations put forward.

Justin Woolford, a spokesman for the World Wildlife Fund, said: 'What we do to wildlife we ultimately do to ourselves.'

Yet almost two years have passed since the World Health Organisation urged governments to investigate the effects of gender-bending chemicals.

Sunday, July 18th, 2004, 01:22 PM
George: Hey Bob! I think this stuff we're using will soon destroy all life on earth.

Bob: Shuddup George, that stuff has made more than 0.3% increase in profit over the last year. Do you want that to stop?!!

Taras Bulba
Monday, July 19th, 2004, 04:54 PM
Im sure this will come true as the last Ice Age scientists were screaming about.

Friday, January 2nd, 2009, 05:39 PM
Males of All Species are Becoming More Female

Various studies are indicating that unregulated chemicals released into the environment are causing male animals and humans to take on feminine characteristics.

Thousands of chemicals released into the environment are interfering with animal and human endocrine systems. These chemicals, nicknamed “gender-benders,” are causing the males in many species to become feminized.

In British lowland rivers, 50 percent of male fish were found to be growing eggs in their testes. Hermaphrodite polar bears have also been born.

Since all vertebrates have similar sex hormone receptors, the feminization of other animals could indicate a similar pattern in humans.

Finding Dulcinea December 9, 2008 (http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/science/2008/December/Males-of-All-Species-Are-Becoming-More-Female.html)
ChemTRUST (Free Full-Text Report) (http://www.chemtrust.org.uk/documents/Male%20Wildlife%20Under%20Threat%202008% 20full%20report.pdf)
Globe and Mail October 7, 2008 (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081007.wlplastic07/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home)
Environmental Research October 2008; 108(2):177-84 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?orig_db=PubMed&db=pubmed&cmd=Search&term=%22Environmental%20research%22%5BJo ur%5D%20AND%202008%2F10%5Bpdat%5D%20AND% 20Swan%5Bauthor%5D)http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/01/01/males-of-all-species-are-becoming-more-female.aspx

Veritas Æquitas
Friday, January 2nd, 2009, 06:53 PM
Come to think of it, I have been feeling rather more "in-touch" with my feminine side, and have been resisting the temptation to snuggle into the couch with a blanket with some hot tea, watching Oprah Winfrey, with a box of tissues.. :P

Seriously though, this sort of thing smacks of the "Chemtrail"(1) and "HAARP"(2) theories I've been researching and where I've created threads here (http://forums.skadi.net/showthread.php?p=918140#post918140)(1) and here (http://forums.skadi.net/showthread.php?p=918106#post918106)(2) for the purpose of further study on these topics.. Call them conspiracy theories if you like, but there's too much evidence to support that this is indeed a serious matter to just pass them off as tin-foil-hat-wearing borne non-sense, as it has alot of relevance to the topic brought to our attention by Dagna.. Mind control through the manipulation of magnetic forces in the atmosphere and in our bodies, coupled with metalic particles being discharged over our heads and into the environment.. hmmm .. something to consider even if you think it is far fetched..

Saturday, October 31st, 2009, 04:27 PM
Here's something rather rotten from the State of Denmark. Its government yesterday unveiled official research showing that two-year-old children are at risk from a bewildering array of gender-bending chemicals in such everyday items as waterproof clothes, rubber boots, bed linen, food, nappies, sunscreen lotion and moisturising cream.

The 326-page report, published by the environment protection agency, is the latest piece in an increasingly alarming jigsaw. A picture is emerging of ubiquitous chemical contamination driving down sperm counts and feminising male children all over the developed world. And anti-pollution measures and regulations are falling far short of getting to grips with it.

Sperm counts are falling so fast that young men are less fertile than their fathers and produce only a third as much, proportionately, as hamsters. And gender-bending chemicals are increasingly being blamed for the mystery of the "lost boys": babies who should normally be male who have been born as girls instead.

The Danish government set out to find out how much contamination from gender-bending chemicals a two-year-old child was exposed to every day. It concluded that a child could be "at critical risk" from just a few exposures to high levels of the substances, such as from rubber clogs, and imperilled by the amount it absorbed from sources ranging from food to sunscreens.

The results build on earlier studies showing that British children have higher levels of gender-bending chemicals in their blood than their parents or grandparents. Indeed WWF (formerly the World Wildlife Fund), which commissioned the older research, warned that the chemicals were so widespread that "there is very little, if anything, individuals can do to prevent contamination of themselves and their families." Prominent among them are dioxins, PVC, flame retardants, phthalates (extensively used to soften plastics) and the now largely banned PCBs, one and a half million tons of which were used in countless products from paints to electrical equipment.

Young boys, like those in the Danish study, could end up producing less sperm and developing feminised behaviour. Research at Rotterdam's Erasmus University found that boys whose mothers were exposed to PCBs and dioxins were more likely to play with dolls and tea sets and dress up in female clothes.

And it is in the womb that babies are most vulnerable; a study of umbilical cords from British mothers found that every one contained hazardous chemicals. Scientists at the University of Rochester in New York discovered that boys born to women exposed to phthalates had smaller penises and other feminisation of the genitals.

The contamination may also offer a clue to a mysterious shift in the sex of babies. Normally 106 boys are born for every 100 girls: it is thought to be nature's way of making up for the fact that men were more likely to be killed hunting or in conflict. But the proportion of females is rising, so much so that some 250,000 babies who statistically should have been boys have ended up as girls in Japan and the United States alone. In Britain, the discrepancy amounts to thousands of babies a year.

A Canadian Indian community living on ancestral lands at the eastern tip of Lake Huron, hemmed in by one of the biggest agglomerations of chemical factories on earth, gives birth to twice as many girls as boys. It's the same around Seveso in Italy, contaminated with dioxins from a notorious accident in the 1970s, and among Russian pesticide workers. And there's more evidence from places as far apart as Israel and Taiwan, Brazil and the Arctic.

Yet gender-benders are largely exempt from new EU regulations controlling hazardous chemicals. Britain, then under Tony Blair's premiership, was largely responsible for this – restricting their inclusion in the first draft of the legislation, and then causing even what was included to be watered down.Confidential documents show that it did so after pressure from George W Bush's administration, which protested that US exports "could be impacted".

Now the Danish government is planning to lobby to have the rules toughened up. It is particularly concerned by other studies which show that gender-bending chemicals acting together have far worse effects than the expected sum of their individual impacts. It wants this to be reflected in the regulations, citing its discovery of the many sources to which the two-year-olds are exposed – modern slings and arrows, as it were, of outrageous fortune.



Saturday, October 31st, 2009, 04:43 PM
Already had a thread on this a while back. You can't avoid all chemicals but the great bulk of them you can:

-drink out of glass bottles. Avoid aluminum and plastic.
- don't give your kids rubber things to suck on.
- avoid most processed foods- especially soy and corn. Never give your baby soy formula (its high in phyloestrogens). Breast milk is best, and I know they say not to but regular milk seems better than soy
- avoid processed grains. By whole wheat bread rather than bleached and refined.
- grow as much of your own food as possible.
- avoid chemicals (obviously) If you have a choice live in a house with brick walls or natural walls rather than drywall and painted with chemical paints.
- buy meat off a local butcher who goes organic. Or raise your own chickens or something.
-obviously avoid areas with a lot of pollution.

You could probably cut out 90% or so of the chemicals and estrogens right there. The great bulk of the problem comes from soy and plastic which we eat. Its 100% controllable. I'm glad the sperm count is going down for masses of morons. Just avoid the stuff yourself.

EQ Fighter
Saturday, October 31st, 2009, 05:05 PM
I really think they should look more at there left wing pro Feminist and Pro Trotsky BS. Before they start blaming “ The Chemicals”.

Sounds like a typical Leftist Copout to me.

Shove the blame elsewhere, cover up the crime.
Liberal Democrats/Communist are good at that.

And that is about all they are good at.