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The detection of numerous pharmaceutical agents and chemicals with endocrine disrupting potential in surface waters around the country has raised concern about drinking water as a significant route of exposure.
Endocrine disruptors are naturally occurring or man-made substances that may mimic or interfere with the function of hormones in the body. Endocrine disruptors may turn on, shut off, or modify signals that hormones carry and thus affect the normal functions of tissues and organs. NIEHS has had a longstanding interest in these chemicals with its support for research dating back to the beginning of the Institute in the 1960s.
Over the past fifty years, researchers observed increases in endocrine-sensitive health outcomes. Breast and prostatic cancer incidence increased between 1969 and 1986 ; there was a four-fold increase in ectopic pregnancies (development of the fertilized egg outside of the uterus) in the U.S. between 1970 and 1987 ; the incidence of cryptorchidism (undescended testicles) doubled in the U.K. between 1960 and the mid 1980s ; and there was an approximately 42% decrease in sperm count worldwide between 1940 and 1990 .
...[We] now know that birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptive methods are not the primary reason for estrogenic compounds to be placed in our environment. Nevertheless, exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment can harm reproductive health, and reproductive health advocates should work alongside environmental health advocates to reduce exposures to toxic chemicals.
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: Boadicea
Beware. If the at-this-moment efforts to control speech in regard to guns and ammo comes to pass, the pharms will heed the beauty of that effort and will lobby Congress, FDA, etc. to get similar restrictions on meds such that the internet will not be as open on that subject as it is at present.
During Your research did You come across any info regarding opiate based pain medications? Did You know that in 2001 when The Taliban ran things in Afghanistan they only produced 7% of the world's opium. Now it is 84%+ so it is either easier to grow opium in a war zone OR BigPHarma™ has their tentacles everywhere and couldn't/wouldn't give 2 squirts for the health of a Serf..
originally posted by: Baddogma
A very important topic... and a topic full of depressing realities.
I don't know the answer... only know many small, expensive fixes that most won't be able to implement ...even IF they hear and understand the problem.
It's difficult being informed enough about a problem to see it's threat... but powerless to fight it in a meaningful, timely way.
originally posted by: Boadicea
A couple links I forgot to post earlier -- doh!
There is some (intended) confusion regarding the differences between synthetic vs. "bioidentical" vs. natural. For my purposes at least, "natural" refers to plants/substances in their most natural form, with little to no processing, and especially no chemical processing. Natural virtually always "wins", probably because of synergies amongst the many components of our foods/plants. We may isolate what we believe is the "active" ingredient, but totally miss how it interacts with other properties. Anyway, here is a much better explanation from a doctor:
Buyer Beware: "Bioidentical" Hormone Myths
It's also important to know that it's not just the extra hormones in our water harming our health, it's also the hormone blockers. Many are prescribed for various health conditions, including prostate and breast cancer, acne, hairloss, sex reassignment, and now for children who think they might be transgender, as discussed here on ATS. But there are other sources as well:
New tests reveal many pesticides block male hormones
This is a multi-faceted problem, and will require a multi-faceted solution.
DIRTY DOZEN ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS
12 Hormone-Altering Chemicals and How to Avoid Them
originally posted by: fyrebyrd
The Environmental Working Group is a great website to bookmark.
They have lists of what to buy organic and those things that you don't have to.
List of cosmetic ingrediants and how harmful.
A great resource for those trying to clean up their life as best they can, considering.....