By Leslie Carol Botha, WHE
This is a tough post to write… and at the same time it is probably one of the most important posts I have ever written. I have had articles saved for weeks on this… but could not seem to muster the writing needed to make you all aware that we are living in dangerous times. And then I had an email from my friend and colleague Christina England alerting me to the fact that estradiol (a bioidentical hormone extracted from yam or soy) has been discovered in polio vaccines being given to children in Kenya. Christina asked me to provide links to articles regarding the dangers of estradiol – and asked my thoughts on the matter – especially in regards to males receiving these vaccines and the risk to their fertility. And that my friends prompted me to write what has to be written.
I have been aware of the dangers of xenoestrogens in our environment for quite some time. Many of us have been sounding the alarm on this – and we have begun to see the ravaging effects of what has been called “gender-bending chemicals.” Bear with me gentle reader as I take you down the road to gender confusion.
The web site, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families reports:
In the U.S. today, there is increasing concern that environmental contaminants may be harming the reproductive health and fertility of women and men. Reproductive and fertility problems appear to be on the rise.
- At least 12% of women reported difficulty in conceiving and maintaining pregnancy in 2002, an increase of 40% from 1982. From 1982 to 1995, the prevalence of infertility almost doubled in younger women, ages 18–25. A recent update concludes that the trend may have leveled off, although there is disagreement on this.
- Fibroids and other fertility-related diseases, like endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome, are diagnosed more frequently now, which may be the result of a true increase, better detection, or both.
- According to a large study of men from the Boston area, testosterone levels in adult men are declining. This decline is not explained by an increase in age or other health or lifestyle factors such as obesity or smoking.
- Testicular cancer increased by 60% between 1973 and 2003 in the U.S.
- Sperm counts have declined in men in some areas of the U.S., Europe, and Australia.
- In U.S. girls, puberty is beginning earlier than in the past. A weight-of-the-evidence evaluation of human and animal studies suggests that endocrine-disrupting chemicals, particularly estrogen mimics and anti-androgens, as well as increased body fat and certain social circumstances, can advance the onset of puberty.
- Reproductive tract abnormalities are increasing in certain populations. In one analysis of two U.S. surveillance systems, cryptorchidism (undescended testicle(s)) increased 200% between 1970 and 1993. In some surveillance systems, the incidence of hypospadias (deformity of the penis) has increased, whereas in others, increases have leveled off.
Research is showing that elevated levels of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals are associated with adverse effects on reproductive measures and birth outcomes in the general population, including reduced sperm quality in men, premature birth, low birth weight, and behavioral changes in children.
The alarm was initially sounded in the 1990’s with the result of a Danish study pointed out the dangers of these “gender-bending” chemicals early in life.
In 1992 Dr Niels Skakkebaek, analyzed the results of all the studies of sperm production that had been conducted since the 1930s. These types of studies are known as a meta-analysis studies that compare global data and research and and are helpful in identifying trends.
The Danish doctor published his results in the British Medical Journal, concluding that sperm counts had been falling by 1% a year since 1930 and that infertility was rising. In fact, the World Health Organization confirms the analysis acknowledging that between 8 and 10% of couples of reproductive age have some form of fertility problem.
CHEMICALS FOUND IN HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT CONTAIN CHEMICAL ESTROGENS
Two-year-old children are being exposed to dangerous levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in domestic products such as rubber clogs and sun creams, according to an EU investigation being studied by the government.
The 327-page report says that while risks from “anti-androgen” and “oestrogen-like” substances in individual items have been recognised, the cumulative impact of such chemicals, particularly on boys, is being ignored.
Phthalates, one of the main anti-androgen chemicals, which are used as softeners in soap, rubber shoes, bath mats and soft toys, have been blamed for blocking the action of testosterone in the womb and are alleged to cause low sperm counts, high rates of testicular cancer and malformations of the sexual organs.
Research has suggested that male foetuses around 8-12 weeks after conception can be effectively demasculinised by exposure to such chemicals.
The Danish study, Survey and Health Assessment of the exposure of two-year-olds to chemical substances in consumer products, concludes: “A few exposures to a high content of an endocrine-disruptor, such as that of [the phthalate] DBP in rubber clogs may result in a critical risk for the two-year-old.
“…The amounts that two-year-olds absorb from the [preservative] parabens propylparaben and butylparaben can constitute a risk for oestrogen-like disruptions of the endocrine system. This contribution originates predominantly from cosmetic products such as oil-based creams, moisturising creams, lotions and sunscreen.
“Not only is there a need to reduce exposure to anti-androgens and oestrogen-like substances from food products, indoor air and dust, but also to reduce exposure to [domestic] products, as these contribute to both indoor air and dust and to direct exposure.
“There is also a need to reduce possible contributions from other sources, such as propyl-, butyl- and isobutyl paraben in cosmetics, and phthalates in footwear (such as light-weight sandals and rubber boots).”
And what type of sandals are you wearing? What type of sandals/shoes are your children wearing? We also know that endocrine-disrupting chemicals are found in hormone birth control, laundry dryer sheets, shampoos, perfumes, cosmetics, household cleaners, pesticides – like glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup now being banned in countries around the world.
Mercury as an Endocrine Disruptor
Mercury has been found to be an endocrine system disrupting chemical in animals and people, disrupting function of the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, thymus gland, adrenal gland, pineal gland, enzyme production processes, and affecting many hormonal and enzymatic functions at very low levels of exposure. The hypothalamus in the brain controls hormone secretions by the pituitary gland. Mercury has been found to commonly accumulate in the hypothalamus, affecting hormone secretions of the pituitary or thyroid gland and many bodily functions.
The BBC news reported that 2010 that mercury exposure was affecting the behavior of white ibises by “turning them homosexual,” with higher doses resulting in males being more likely to pair with males.
Scientists in Florida and Sri Lanka studied the effect of mercury in the birds’ diet. Their aim was to find out why it reduced the ibises’ breeding.
Mercury pollution can come from burning coal and waste, and run-off from mines.
The report, in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, shows that wetland birds are particularly badly affected by it.
Although the researchers already knew that eating mercury-contaminated food could affect an animal’s development, they were surprised by the “strange” results of this experiment.
“We knew mercury could depress their testosterone (male sex hormone) levels,” explained Dr Peter Frederick from the University of Florida, who led the study. “But we didn’t expect this.”
In 2013, a writer for The Christian Post wrote a commentary citing:
According to Associated Press reports, “California has become the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender K-12 students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want.” Additionally, The new law gives students the right “to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities based on their self-perception and regardless of their birth gender.”
It appears that someone is aware – very aware of a momentous shift taking place in our society that is causing gender confusion in our children. Could it be that the gender-bending chemicals and heavy metals that have accumulated in our environment are the culprit….
The Coming Out of Caitlyn Jenner
There were many of us concerned about all the media play Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner received over his/her shift to being a woman. A recent UK article came out saying that even those in the transgender community – have concerns over Jenner’s admissions. .
But, as a new video by Cut.com reveals, a number of transgender people are still incredibly apprehensive, concerned and even angry about the impact that 65-year-old Caitlyn’s very-public transition has had, and will continue to have, on the community.
A number of the video’s participants admit they are unsure how they really feel about Caitlyn; some feel that her public profile and ongoing reality series is only serving to trivialize the experience of so many other transgender people, while others express hope that her fame will eventually help to shine a much-needed light on the community.
Was all of this mainstream media being used to warn the public of the coming gender shift. Seriously, how many years did it take for us to embrace gay marriages… and now transgender is being thrown in front of us. Do not get me wrong… I do not have a problem with transgender people… and I have known many…. I am looking at this as an environmentally-induced trend that we need to be aware of.
It’s a Girl – or Is She a He?
Think this is a stretch? Think again. I June 30th I sat down to watch Frontline on PBS – and to my shock and dismay it was a long segment entitled “Growing up Trans – An intimate look at the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.”
This is a much bigger issue than previously thought. Children are now being born with confusion over their identity and their body’s. Girls are identifying as boys… meaning that ‘boys’ now have a vagina instead of a penis…. and will menstruate… and have the ability to carry a pregnancy to term. Boys are identifying as girls – meaning that ‘girls’ will have a penis. Whatever it is parents’ are profoundly confused, angry, and scared. Knowing a child’s sex during pregnancy…. has just become obsolete.
And because these children are so confused about their identity, they are being put on sex castration hormone therapy (they call it hormone blockers) to delay puberty. Say what? One doctor in the segment, even stated: “I hope we know what we are doing.”
While transgender adults have taken hormones sometimes for years, the generation growing up now is among the first to start taking hormones so young. Since most people who start hormones take them for life, doctors say there also isn’t enough research into the long-term impact of taking estrogen or testosterone for what could end up being 50 to 70 years.
“There are so many unanswered questions around the long-term consequences, and whether your health risk profile really becomes that of a male or female,” Garofalo says. “If we start testosterone today, will you have the cardiac risk profile of a male or female as you grow older? Will you develop breast cancer because we’re administering estrogen?”
This is unchartered territory. They are delaying puberty until a child is 100% sure of which sex they want to identify with. There is even a heartbreaking segment of a child who know feels he/she mad the wrong choice about their sexual identity.
You can watch the entire production or you can read the script for each segment.
Growing up Trans…. can be viewed here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/growing-up-trans/
Welcome to a Brave New World… How much of this gender confusion is due to gender-bending chemicals in the environment? Our hormones are getting very mixed signals due to the amount of xenoestrogens in our environment. And now estradiol is being used in vaccines?
Where do we go from here?
According to the Intersex Society of North America, being born with both genitalia is not as rare as we believe; as many as one in 2,000 babies are believed to be born intersex. And now, people are speaking out more openly about the effects of reassignment surgery before a child is able to make their own choice about their identity.