Phthalates is a chemical mimicking the female hormone estrogen, it does disrupt the development of baby boys, the first evidence linking certain chemicals in everyday plastics to effect men and boys.
The chemical Phthalates, which makes plastics more pliable in many toys, baby feeding bottles and paints. The studies suggested that these chemicals influence on the male hormone testosterone on healthy development of males, the research high lights the need for tougher controls on gender bending chemicals, says Gwynne Lyons toxic advisor to the WWF,UK ( World Wildlife Foundation) other wise wildlife and the males will be the losers.
The incriminating findings came from a study of 85 baby boys born to women exposed to everyday levels of Phthalates during pregnancy. As an index of feminization she measured the anogenital distance between the anus and the base of the penis, earlier studies have shown that the anogenital distance is twice for girls than boys.
In animals anogenital is reduced by Phthalates which mimics estrogen which keeps testosterone from doing it’s normal job, in higher doses animals develop more serious abnornmalities such as, under scended testicles and misplaced openings to the urethra on the penis a group of symptoms called Phthalate syndrome.
New Scientist.com/ genderbendingchemicals May 2005
Gender Bending Chemicals in the Water
In 2008 researchers of the Calgary University sampled populations of long nose minnows in Oldman and Bow Rivers, the Bow River flows through downtown where the drinking water comes from. There random catch was overwhelmingly female the males had all but vanished.
Toxic Compounds in our midst
The Alberta researchers found that the leading suspect is a broad range of potent chemicals that act on or mimic endocine hormones EDC’s the chemicals that carry signals around the body of living creatures to trigger or turn off physiological activity.
These chemicals aren’t just in hot spots down stream from cities and feed lots, some 23,000 toxic compounds are estimated to be present in the Canadian living and working environment, with 1000 new ones added every year. Another 7000 pesticide for mulations are registered with federal authorities at least 60 of these are banned in most other industrialized nations.
In Canada researchers found a clear shift towards fewer males being born, appeared in the 70’s the shift in radios had amounted to a decline of 2.2 males’s for every 1000 births.