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New research proves that ‘gender-bending’ chemicals, which leach from human products into rivers and oceans, can have a significant impact on the ability of fish to breed. The study has important implications for understanding the impacts of these chemicals.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) affect hormones. They are found in products ranging from contraceptive drugs to liquid detergents.
They have been seeping into rivers through the sewage system for decades and alter the biology of fish, changing male fish to make them more female.
Concerns about the human health effects of perpetual exposure to environmental toxins often get dismissed or ignored by health authorities on the grounds that such chemicals don’t stick around inside the body long enough to cause problems. But a new report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) – the first of its kind – suggests quite the opposite, and could help explain why rates of cancer and other chronic diseases continue to skyrocket in the developed world.
Researchers from the respected environmental watchdog group spent upwards of a year poring through data compiled from more than 1,000 biomonitoring studies, as well as other research published by leading government agencies and independent scientists, and came to some shocking conclusions. They found that as many as 420 unique chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, are now being detected in human blood, urine, hair and other tissue samples, demonstrating not only that carcinogens are everywhere, but that they’re also permeating our bodies at an alarming rate.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Jim Stone raised the issue that the dramatic loss of fish stocks worldwide, was most probably nothing to do with Fukushima but more likely simple over-fishing of particular species.
Nevertheless, we (I mean Global Corporations with our ignorant, benign approval) have been dumping all sorts of toxic crap into our “DUSTBIN” oceans for decades for our fish stocks to consume.
Now the wheel turns, yet again!”
Poisonous chemicals dumped in the sea are coming back to haunt us in the fish we eat, interfering with a “critical defence system” of the body, according to new research.
The scientists warned that newborn babies are particularly at risk as they are exposed to high concentrations of the pollutants in breast milk and their defence mechanism is not yet fully developed.
Consumers who are sensitive to fragrances found in detergents and other cleaning products are often forced to brave the cleaning process through most of their lives, ignoring their bodies’ responses. According to FairWarning.org, the fact that companies aren’t required to disclose the list of specific chemicals used in parts of their products may have a great deal to do with the problem.
According to FairWarning’s report, fragrance makers treat their recipes as trade secrets. Cleaning product manufacturers, as a result, are often forced to simply list the ingredient as “fragrance,” rather than listing the ingredients used to produce scents. Without full knowledge of what fragrance makers use, consumers who are allergic or sensitive to certain ingredients end up failing to recognize exactly which products to avoid.
Israeli planes have reportedly sprayed chemical substances on farmlands across the besieged Gaza Strip, killing off the crops in the already impoverished Palestinian territory.
“Several farmers informed us that Israeli planes had sprayed their lands with pesticides,” Wael Thabet, head of the plant protection department at Gaza Agriculture Ministry, said on Wednesday.
The outskirts of al-Qarara town north of Khan Yunis, and Wadi as-Salqa agricultural town south of Deir al-Balah are the affected areas.
H/t Reader squodgy:
“Are they waking up to what we already know?
THEY have been poisoning us excessively since before WWll, subsidising the Sugar industry, interfering with vaccines, adding benzene to all skin products, giving students, soldiers, sailors free tobacco products knowing they were addictive, banning cannabis products, setting supplement vitamin RDA levels so low they cannot possibly be of any use……”
Fluoride in toothpaste, pesticides, drinking water, drugs (chemotherapy, antidepressants), etc. is just one of many cancer causing substances:
“Fluoride causes more human cancer, and causes it faster, than any other chemical.”
– Dean Burk, Chief Chemist Emeritus, US National Cancer Institute
Modern lifestyles are causing 90 per cent of cancers, according to new research.
Poor diet, a lack of exercise, stress and pollution are cited as the main contributory factors for the majority of cancers of the lung, breast and prostate.
From the article:
“…the FDA also reiterated its belief that BPA is safe to use in the lining of canned foods and beverages.”
And yes, the alternatives are NOT safe either …
– BPA alternative disrupts normal brain-cell growth, is tied to hyperactivity, study says (Washington Post, Jan 12, 2015):
In a groundbreaking study, researchers have shown why a chemical once thought to be a safe alternative to bisphenol-A, which was abandoned by manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups after a public outcry, might itself be more harmful than BPA.
University of Calgary scientists say they think their research is the first to show that bisphenol-S, an ingredient in many products bearing “BPA-free” labels, causes abnormal growth surges of neurons in an animal embryo.
The same surges were also found with BPA, though not at the same levels as with BPS, prompting the scientists to suggest that all structurally similar compounds now in use or considered for use by plastic manufacturers are unsafe.
It’s called methyl iodide, and even some chemists won’t go near it. It’s such a powerful and reliable carcinogen that researchers use it to induce cancer in lab animals.
But go ahead, take a bite. California says it’s OK — and never mind the five Nobel-winning chemists and dozens of other experts who’ve written a letter begging the EPA to keep this poison out of strawberry fields, forever.
Who do you believe — a roomful of Nobel winners and their trusted colleagues, or a bunch of politically motivated bureaucrats?
This toxic monster has been linked to thyroid tumors, nerve damage, and brain and lung problems. It’s also been known to cause miscarriages in lab animals — when it’s not being used to give them cancer.
– 7 banned food chemicals still allowed in the U.S. (HLNtv, Oct 30, 2014):
- Also known as ‘7 Reasons to Either Buy Organic or Immediately Move to Europe’
- Other nations taking fewer food chances than America
- Whiskey sold in U.S. just recalled in European nations
Three European nations decided this week they would rather not continue to keep drinking an ingredient that’s also found in antifreeze. Seems reasonable enough.
Cinnamon-flavored Fireball whiskey, owned by a Louisiana-based company, was recalled from shelves in Sweden, Norway and Finland over concerns about the amount of Propylene glycol in it. Consumption of the sweetener/antifreeze component is more tightly regulated in Europe than the United States, so when a U.S. batch of the stuff hit Scandinavia, it had to go.
And NO, you don’t need to buy their products to protect yourself and be healthy.
– Another Independent Study Confirms Monsanto’s RoundUp Chemicals are Lethal, Even in Small Doses (Natural Society, Sep 20, 2014):
Published just this month in the International Journal of Toxicology, the study “Glyphosate Commercial Formulation Causes Cytotoxicity, Oxidative Effects, and Apoptosis on Human Cells: Differences With its Active Ingredient,” proposes what most of us have already surmised: Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide du jour – RoundUp – is utterly killing us. What’s more – it kills us in much smaller servings than the Agriculture industry is dishing out in its common GMO and pesticide spraying practices, and it is made stronger by the additional chemicals used in the RoundUp formula.
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– North Carolina GOP Pushes Unprecedented Bill to Jail Anyone Who Discloses Fracking Chemicals (Mother Jones, May 19, 2014):
As hydraulic fracturing ramps up around the country, so do concerns about its health impacts. These concerns have led 20 states to require the disclosure of industrial chemicals used in the fracking process.
North Carolina isn’t on that list of states yet—and it may be hurtling in the opposite direction.
On Thursday, three Republican state senators introduced a bill that would slap a felony charge on individuals who disclosed confidential information about fracking chemicals. The bill, whose sponsors include a member of Republican party leadership, establishes procedures for fire chiefs and health care providers to obtain chemical information during emergencies. But as the trade publication Energywire noted Friday, individuals who leak information outside of emergency settings could be penalized with fines and several months in prison.
– Hundreds report symptoms after chemical spill in West Virginia (PressTV, Jan 11, 2014):
Hundreds of people in the US state of West Virginia have complained of symptoms following a chemical spill into the Elk River that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 residents.
The chemical, used to wash coal of impurities, spilled into the river from a holding tank and prompted Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to declare a state of emergency.
Release date: January 10, 2014
Release Number: R3-14-01
PHILADELPHIA – The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its regional office in Philadelphia, Pa., continues to work in close coordination with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to support state and local efforts to ensure public health and safety, in response to emergency conditions resulting from a chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia on Thursday.
This morning, President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration making federal disaster assistance available to West Virginia to supplement state and local response efforts in Boone, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane counties to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Earlier today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson spoke with West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to convey concern for those impacted by this incident and to make sure there were no unmet needs as the response continues.
– West Virginia chemical spill triggers widespread tap water ban (Reuters, Jan 10, 2014):
Up to 300,000 residents in West Virginia were left without tap water on Friday after a chemical spill that forced the closure of schools and business in the state capital and led the federal government to declare a disaster.
Health officials advised residents to use tap water only for flushing toilets and fighting fires and the company that runs the state’s largest water treatment plant said it was unable to predict when the water would be safe again to drink.
– Jesse Ventura Conspiracy Theory: ‘Gulf Coast Oil Spill’ (Full Length Video)
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– Gulf spill sickness wrecking lives (Al Jazeera, Jan 9, 2014):
Nearly a year after the oil disaster began, Gulf Coast residents are sick, and dying from BP’s toxic chemicals.
“I have critically high levels of chemicals in my body,” 33-year-old Steven Aguinaga of Hazlehurst, Mississippi told Al Jazeera. “Yesterday I went to see another doctor to get my blood test results and the nurse said she didn’t know how I even got there.”
Aguinaga and his close friend Merrick Vallian went swimming at Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in July 2010.
“I swam underwater, then found I had orange slick stuff all over me,” Aguinaga said. “At that time I had no knowledge of what dispersants were, but within a few hours, we were drained of energy and not feeling good. I’ve been extremely sick ever since.”
– Bottled Water Leeches 24,000 Chemicals into Your Body, Study Finds (Natural Society, Nov 30, 2013):
Several companies have stopped using BPA in plastic production due to consumer outrage, but just because a plastic container says it is “BPA Free” doesn’t mean it’s free of potentially harmful chemicals. As a matter of fact, recent research out of Germany indicates there are more than 24,000 of such chemicals in any given bottle of water—with some of them causing serious hormone-disrupting effects.
According to the story from Goethe University Frankfort, the researchers tested 18 different bottled water products in an effort to look for endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs. They found far more than expected, identifying 24,520 different chemicals in their testing. After isolating the chemicals and determining their impact on the body, the researchers narrowed down those with anti-estrogenic properties to one: DEHF or di(2-ethylhexyl) fumarate. This finding was of major concern.