World | Chemical Generations

17 03 2010

Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent stemming the flow of cocaine, heroin and dope in the never-ending ‘war on drugs’, yet on the other side of the coin, hundreds of trillions are made from the sanctioned use of ‘suspect’ chemicals in production without a thought of the consequences.

A few old stories regarding some research undertaken about the increasing use of chemicals in everyday items and the correlation it has with the sissifying of the Nation.

Why boys are turning into girls

Published: 7:00PM BST 23 Oct 2009

Gender-bending chemicals are largely exempt from new EU regulations, warns Geoffrey Lean.

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.

More from that study…

Chemicals in plastics ‘feminising’ baby boys, says study

Published: 6:15AM GMT 16 Nov 2009

Chemicals used in plastics are “feminising” the brains of baby boys, according to a study.

Those exposed to high doses in the womb are less willing to join “rough and tumble” games and are less likely to play with “male” toys such as cars.

Researchers tested urine samples from mothers in the 28th week of pregnancy for traces of phthalates, chemicals which can mimic the female sex hormone oestrogen.

The women, who gave birth to 74 boys and 71 girls were contacted again when their children were aged between four and seven and were asked about their personalities, the toys they played with and the activities they liked.

The study, by the University of Rochester in New York State, found that two types of phthalate – DEHP and DBP – were strongly linked with the more feminine play in the boys but had no impact on girls.

Boys with higher doses were less likely to play with cars, trains and guns and preferred “gender neutral” activities such as sports, according to the research published in the International Journal of Andrology.

The research adds to growing evidence that hormone-disrupting chemicals in thousands of household products are interfering with the development of children.

Although the plastics industry says phthalates are safe, the EU has banned many of them from cosmetics, teething rings and children’s toys.

However, pregnant women are still exposed to the chemicals, which are used to soften plastics, in household items such as plastic furniture, shoes and PVC flooring.

And now one just for the girls…

Make-up ‘dangerous’ for young girls

Published: 7:52AM GMT 23 Dec 2009

Make-up for young girls poses serious health risks, it has been claimed.

Beauty products such as mascara, eye shadow and foundation reoprtedly have been found to contain chemicals which can be linked to conditions such as cancer, infertility and hormone imbalance.

The study, carried out by The Environmental Working Group, found the younger a girl was when she started using make-up, the greater the danger.

Most British girls do not wear make-up before the age of 11, but some salons and products are available to children as young as six.

According the The Sun, the EWG study on girls aged between 14 and 19 found all the beauty products they tested contained chemicals which cuold be dangerous, such as phthalates, triclosan, parabens and musks.

These chemicals have been linked in the past to cancer and hormone problems and scientists fear they may end up be connected to depression.

The EWG, which is based in Washington, discovered that young teenagers tend to use around 17 beauty products a day – such as nail polish and hair dye – while adults use 13.

Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, told The Sun: “By the time most girls become teenagers many have a daily make-up ritual.

“As the layers add up so does exposure to dangerous chemicals and that’s very bad news for a young girl’s health.”

We are truly the chemical generation and at the current rate, we’ll all be totally sissified within a few generations.  Sod the extensive testing to ensure no mutations will take place, us unwitting plebs will do.  With the same callousness used against our ‘percieved’ enemies, our own Government is willing to risk the Nation.  The things people do for money.

Then again…

This could have nothing to do with the chemicals and may just be natures way of adapting the species to suit our more mundane (and conditioned) lifestyles.  More and more of us are leading ‘safer‘ and ‘lazier‘ lives, so perhaps over time, we will ‘change‘ accordingly.

If anyone has seen the Pixar film ‘WALL-E’, maybe that is the future for us.

Better start doing those star-jumps I keep promising myself.

Still, better to be safe than sorry.

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