Poison in the Animal World

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Poison in the Animal World

There’s disturbing news from research labs around the world.

Researchers are starting to see extremely disturbing trends in fertility rates, gender, and general resilience of certain species (including ours).

It started with frogs and alligators.

Why are alligators’ penises shrinking?

Why are boy toads turning into girl toads?

Why are fireflies disappearing?

What’s causing honeybees to disappear?

Why are bats getting the mysterious white-nose disease?

Maybe you wouldn’t care if all the bees and bats died.

But aside from the fact these animals are essential to our survival on this planet, they’re also indicators of the viability of life for us.

They’re our canaries in the coal mine.

Already we’re seeing these indicators infiltrate our own species.

Genital deformities in human males are on the rise, as are sperm abnormalities and testicular cancers.

And girls are experiencing an earlier onset of puberty and problems leading to infertility and cancer later in life.

There are recent scientific findings showing we’re threatening our own and our children’s fertility, and low-level exposures could also pose threats to our immune, hormonal, and neurological systems and our development.

These may be the result of changes in our DNA.

What’s really scary is the genetic changes may be becoming inbred.

Chemicals that have already caused genetic changes in rats include vinclozolin, a common fungicide used on grapes, and bisphenol A, found in plastic baby bottles and toys.

There’s no guarantee that even if we stop using the chemicals right now, we could return our DNA to a healthy, normal state.

Many years ago, despite threats from chemical companies, a study was published showing aldicarb (an N-methyl carbamate), an insecticide commonly applied to citrus, cotton, potatoes, and watermelon crops and added to irrigation water, is a powerful immune suppressant.

That means it reduces your body’s ability to fight off disease.

The greatest effects were at the lowest doses (1 part per billion), 100 times lower than the EPA’s safety standard.

Rather than remove aldicarb from the market as a result of this study, the EPA stopped funding the research.

Aldicarb is still used heavily today.

In fact, it was the chemical that in 1984 caused the disaster at Bhopal, India, killing thousands of Indians instantly and leaving more than 100,000 chronically ill, deformed, and in pain.

But you don’t need a manufacturing plant explosion to cause damage.

Scientists are all seeing the inverse dose response to many chemicals – from aldicarb to lead.

They’ve found in some cases smaller doses actually do more harm than larger doses.

This flies in the face of all government standards that set “allowable safe limits” to chemical exposures.

In a scientific paper published in 2003, it was shown how, in low concentrations of estrogen-mimicking chemicals, the EPA model for assessing biological effects underestimated those effects by a factor of 10,000!

There are no safe limits, no matter how small.

The biggest bang for the buck still occurs at the lowest doses.

Larger doses, of course, cause death.

In 2002, a paper was published showing a weed killer commonly used on lawns causes abortions and absorption of fetuses.

A representative from the chemical company selling this product demanded the paper be retracted.

The peer-review process settled any concerns and, thankfully, responsible scientific process prevailed as there was no credible scientific evidence to counter the data in the paper.

Yet products containing 2,4-D remain the most commonly used herbicides in the world today, with more than 46 million pounds applied in the US every year.

Once again, just because a toxic chemical is scientifically proven to be harmful doesn’t guarantee our government will respond in a way to protect us.

A 1999 study shows how atrazine and nitrates in drinking water can alter the aggression levels, thyroid hormone levels, and immune systems of mice.

It’s not good.

Many studies have shown atrazine, one of the herbicides most commonly used in the US, is an endocrine disruptor.

It has demasculinized frogs, caused mutations in frogs’ testes and ovaries, diminished their ability to call for a mate, damaged sperm quality in frogs and possibly humans, and contaminated groundwater.

The European Union banned atrazine in 2003, yet more than 76 million pounds are applied in the US each year.

In 2006, the EPA issued a statement declaring the use of atrazine posed no threat to the US population, including children and infants.

It based this conclusion on the results of a few studies done by Syngenta, the maker of atrazine.

Although Syngenta is a Swiss company, it has a very large US business.

When you look up atrazine on the EPA’s website, it attributes these health effects to short-term exposure:  “congestion of heart, lungs and kidneys; low blood pressure; muscle spasms; weight loss; damage to adrenal glands.”

Long-term exposure can cause cancer.

Thousands of wells in America are contaminated with atrazine.

Atrazine is banned in Switzerland, which is where Syngenta is based.

Fortunately, the EPA – under new leadership – has agreed to review the safety of atrazine.

The USDA has stated banning atrazine would reduce crop production by 1%.

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