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    May 2, 2012

    Scientists are observing with increasing alarm that some very common hormone-mimicking chemicals can have grotesque effects.

    A widely used herbicide acts as a female hormone and feminizes male animals in the wild. Thus male frogs can have female organs, and some male fish actually produce eggs. In a Florida lake contaminated by these chemicals, male alligators have tiny penises.

    These days there is also growing evidence linking this class of chemicals to problems in humans. These include breast cancer, infertility, low sperm counts, genital deformities, early menstruation and even diabetes and obesity.

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    Chemicals known as endocrine disruptors are everywhere....even in gas station and ATM receipts. Phthalates are among the most common endocrine disruptors, and have the greatest impact on fetuses. Boy fetuses are most at risk of being feminized because of phthalates, which are almost next to impossible for the mother to avoid. They’re even in tap water, and certain plastic water bottles. BPA--found in canned goods, plastics, etc.--should be banned from the food supply, but the FDA needs more evidence. Right?

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    Mellow did some research and what they are replacing BPA with might be an even worse endocrine disruptor......
    Julieanne posted an article discussing the replacement chemical, Bisphenol-S (BPS):

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    Out of the frying pan ...

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    Yes of course chemical do effect humans. As they have quite destructive effects in it. They could harm human genetics, could effect human skin, food and in many other ways. As plastic bottles and bags being used in our daily lives are greatly effect our lives.

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