Tuesday, March 18, 2008

“'Gender-Bender Chemicals' are Negatively Affecting the Environment"

by Judie Brown


When I saw the latest report on starlings and the dreadful damage that birth control hormones are doing to their ability to sing, I was amazed!

The thing that made me stop and take notice was not that additional research is showing that “gender-bender chemicals” are negatively affecting the environment, but rather that such scientific results do not get even a minimal amount of attention from the major media in America.

According to this most recent article, “scientists at Cardiff University have discovered that the brains of male starlings foraging for worms at a sewage treatment works in South-West England have been subtly changed by being contaminated by estrogen from the contraceptive pill and hormone replacement therapy.“

The report says that female hormones pass into the sewage by way of female urine and remain unaffected by the sewage itself. However the hormones do cause the part of the brain that controls the starling’s song to grow much bigger, causing them to sing at greater length and with more “virtuosity than usual.”

At UCLA researchers have found the same effect on female finches so that they are singing like the males do, though in the past female finches never sang.

Some researchers are even describing the hormones that enter the environment as a type of “pollution” and are concerned about the long range effects they will have on the environment as we know it. For example, in Florida during the 1980s alligators were failing to reproduce because males had been negatively affected by the estrogen in the streams and rivers. And in Britain another study found that, “a third of male roaches in rivers and streams have been producing eggs which are normally produced by female sex organs."

Some research suggests that these negative effects are having a deleterious impact on men as well, predicting that the “average man will be unable to father children within decades.”

The article does not represent some harebrained idea that was concocted in the back room of a pub! It is based on the scientific research of several environmental scientists from various parts of the world and their work should be taken seriously.

We already know that synthetic hormones can cause all sorts of problems for the women who ingest them. Add to that the problems that the residuals are causing for the environment and for the men in society and you have to wonder why there is not more effort to get the things off the market. Of course no sooner did I get that sentence onto my screen then the answer became obvious: money!

Pharmaceutical companies make billions on birth control chemicals and hormone replacement therapy, so why sound alarms when it is so easy to ignore these studies and keep the results from the public? While some would say that the health and wellbeing of the nation’s human beings should be the number one priority of the government, the media and big business, it has become painfully clear over the years that this is simply not the case when dealing with matters of sexual relations that involve birth control and abortion.

When you read about the impact these hormones is having on humans, you really have to wonder what in the world is wrong with people who are in positions to warn the public of the impending disaster that human beings will face. For instance:

Communities exposed to high levels of these and other gender-bender chemicals, from the Great Lakes of North America to the Russian Arctic, have been found to give birth to twice as many girls as boys.


Gender-bender chemicals are not just for the birds! Apparently they are going to negatively affect every aspect of society as we know it . . . unless something is done to correct the problems that have caused the imbalances reported in this article.

Don’t hold your breath!

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