[LMB] OT: Hormones in the Water (was Re: Argh and squeek scenes)

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Mon Apr 2 21:17:06 BST 2012

-And then there's bisphenol-A, which a certain agency refused to ban in the 
USA claiming a lack of proof--which the agency of course refused to fund any 
credible studies by impartial researchers for, and won;t accept the studies 
done by people who aren't profiting or funded by profiters of BPA.....

I think it was Susan Crites who in an apazine long ago, said she'd fed 
slaughtered dairy cow to her dogs, and that it had feminizing effects as 
regards teats.

Meanwhile, there are frogs and fish etc. which are transgendered or 
hermaphroditic, from species which until a few decades ago, -weren't-...

----Original Message----- 
From: Elizabeth McCoy
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2012 3:50 PM
To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
Subject: [LMB] OT: Hormones in the Water (was Re: Argh and squeek scenes)

> Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2012 11:11:11 -0600
> From: William A Wenrich <wawenri at msn.com>
> Subject: Re: [LMB] Argh and squeek scenes
> This may get me massacred, but a major, never mentioned, source of
> estrogen-mimicking chemicals is birth control pills.

> Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2012 11:10:36 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Harimad <harimad2001 at yahoo.com>
> Hormonal birth control obviously releases sexual hormones into the person
> taking them.  Are there any reliable data on what proportion of such
> hormones in general circulation come from birth control?  For example,
> from unused pills being flushed, or from the excretions of persons with
> hormonal birth control.  Interested minds want to know.

says: ' “When you take a birth control pill, whatever is excreted goes
through a treatment plant, so only a very minimal amount reaches the
drinking water,” says study author Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, an associate
professor and director of University of California-San Francisco's Program
on Reproductive Health and the Environment. Unlike human urine, cow urine
is not treated before it enters our water supply.
Woodruff and colleagues analyzed the main sources of estrogen in the
drinking water supply. They found that waste water treatment systems
remove most of the estrogen found in birth control pills so it never
reaches the drinking water. Soy and dairy products and animal waste
contribute far more estrogen to the water supply than do oral

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20194073 says: "The consistently large
MOEs and MOSs strongly suggest that prescribed and total estrogens that
may potentially be present in drinking water in the United States are not
causing adverse effects in U.S. residents, including sensitive

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11380169 says: "Flemish rivers showed
the highest estrogenic potency, compared to effluents of waste water
treatment plants and reservoirs [...]."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14998751 says: "Tap water was devoid of
hormonal activity. We conclude that feedlot effluents contain sufficient
levels of hormonally active agents to warrant further investigation of
possible effects on aquatic ecosystem health."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2702426/ says:
"[...]suboptimal storage conditions—such as prolonged exposure to sunlight
and high temperatures—can cause leaching of chemicals from PET bottles
into fluid contents, [...]. [...] This study, published online 10 March
2009 in Environmental Science and Pollution Research, also included
experiments in which mud snails (Potamopyrgus antipodarum), an organism
that is highly sensitive to estrogens, were raised in glass and PET
bottles. The findings mirrored those from the yeast&#8722;based assay, but
with one interesting exception: A PET sample that showed minimal response
in the yeast assay induced one of the more significant results in the mud
snail assay.
The disparity implies bottled water may contain a mix of compounds.
'Perhaps the snails were reacting to, for example, anti&#8722;androgens
coming from these plastic bottles. We would have missed these in vitro
because we only looked for [estrogen receptor] ligands,' Wagner says."

Search term: /estrogen in water supply/
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