November 2009 the statements below caused Ann Fonfa (founder and president of the Annie Appleseed Project, to send a heated response:
"Many of us our aware of the carcinogens embedded in the chemicals we are bombarded with in our everyday lives. They are in our food, clothes, air, the toys our children play with, etc. But new studies show that we have more than cancer to be afraid of. Many of these chemicals are slowly turning our boys into girls.
Studies are showing that these chemicals are driving down sperm counts in the younger population. Babies who should have been born as boys are being born as girls. For years scientists have tried to find out why there has been a decline in males being born. Now they think these studies are the answer they have been searching for.
The study shows that boys whose mothers were exposed to PCB's and dioxins are more likely to play with dolls and tea sets, and dress up as girls. In a New York study, researchers found that boys born to mothers who were exposed to phthalates had smaller penises".
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Ann's NOTE: Friends,
The study is okay, it is this organization's interpretation that drove me NUTS. And I wrote the following to them:
This is totally absurd and presupposes that feminization is gender orientation and societal behavior. Utter nonsense. It is not inherently female to play with dolls and tea sets. A test of 'feminization' caused by chemicals would include DNA examination, NOT behavior! Totally ridiculous reporting.
Ann F. FEMINIST, Social Activist, LGBT activist, and founder of www.annieappleseedproject.org for people with cancer.
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The possibility that some environmental chemical
contaminants may interfere with endocrine system function and adversely affect human health should be investigated, concludes "Hormonally Active Agents in the Environment", a new report from the National Research Council.
The agents involved include a wide variety of chemicals that mimic the actions of hormones. They include substances such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-ethylene(DDE), and polychlorinated dibenzofuran (PCDF). Exposure to these agents has been shown to have adverse reproductive and developmental effects in humans, wildlife, and laboratory animals.
People may come into contact with these chemicals by consuming food contaminated with agents such as PCBs or dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT)--which has long been banned in the United States but is still made and used in other countries--and by using commercial products such as cleaners, pesticides, and food additives. The committee focused its attention on compounds that have been reported
to induce reproductive changes, developmental defects, neurobehavioral abnormalities, immunologic deficits, carcinogenesis, and adverse ecologic effects.
Ann's NOTE: And those are just the chemicals, compounds and products they know about.
EPA finds this pesticide used
with corn, citrus fruits and
more a "likely" carcinogen
Feminization of Male Frogs in the Wild
Study shows Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarons (PAH)
Cancer Clusters Need Research
Inhibition by Persistent Organochlorines
Bca Incidence/Mortality: Marin County, CA
Cadmium & Estrogenic Effects
Research on Envir Pollutants & Bca
Glycol Methyl Ether (EGME) & Valproic Acid (Depakote)
Residential Pesticide Use & Reproductive Risks
Report from the Pesticide Action
Network of NA and Commonweal
Widely Dispersed Industrial Chemicals/Pesticides
POP's & Cancer Risks
Environ Health Perspect,
Bay Area Higher than Europe/Japan
BCa Risk & Historical Exposure to Pesticides
JNCI, May, 2001
Organochlorines&Bca Risk:assoc w/larger tumors
Plasma Concentrations of PCB & Risk of Bca
PCBs May Increase Risk of Bca
California to Study Breast Milk Contaminants
OCP Residue & Antioxidant Enzyme Activities
Estrogenic Organochlorines & Bca SURVIVAL
Pesticide Exposure & HER-2/neu Overexpression
EGME/Depakote Boost Estrogen/Progestin In Cells
216 Chemical Carinogens Connected to Breast Cancer
Rachel's Environment & Health News #723
Institute of Medicine report
Reuters article, 9/14/01
J Occupational & Environmental Medicine,
Euro J Cancer Prevention, 1/02
Am Chem Soc, 4/02
Frog Deformities Linked to Pesticides & Parasites
Organic Bytes, 6/05
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