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What is wrong with estrogen-mimicking hormones?

Posted Aug 21 2009 11:58am
What is wrong with estrogen-mimicking hormones? Posted By MELANIE VOLLICK

Estrogen mimickers are a group of different molecules that do not have any obvious structural similarities.

What most of these molecules do is attach themselves to estrogen receptors in cells and mimic the action of the body's natural estrogen. They are considered a possible cause of kidney, eye, liver and reproductive problems.

Too much estrogen levels in our lakes and rivers have been linked to male fish having characteristics of both female and male.

"I've done a lot of studies throughout my career which extends back to 1973," says research associate John Woodling. "This is the very first time that what I've found scared me."

Watch the CBC documentary, The Disappearing Male, for further information on this topic. A host of common chemicals is feminizing males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including humans.

The following is a list of sources of estrogen mimickers that your family is exposed to everyday:

Pesticides: Pesticides are used on animals, farms, lawns and gardens, and golf courses. Collingwood has an anti-pesticide by-law for the cosmetic use of pesticides.

The term "pesticide" includes herbicides and fungicides, and all of these easily enter the body through the skin and lungs.

If you are using more than one pesticide in a single application, an enhancing effect is known to occur, thereby promoting greater toxicity. Male snapping turtles have been found with female characteristics around the Great Lakes, where wildlife has been found to be contaminated with more than 400 different chemicals.

Beef: Cattle for beef production in both Canada and the U. S. are given hormones which convert into estrogens, therefore high levels of estrogens have been found in North American beef products.

If you choose to purchase meat, buy free-range or from your local farmer. And, remember that in the U. S. cows are still given B. G. H. The bovine growth hormone is an artificial hormone that is genetically engineered to copy the naturally occurring hormone produced by cows causing cows to produce more milk.
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