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2006 Washington State University News Release
WSU Study Shows Environmental Toxins Can Cause Inherited Diseases

Girlie men (n.): the feminization of males, a direct result of the increased amounts of xenoestrogens and estrogen-mimics in our environment.

Hormones are amazing things. We start out thinking they are pretty discrete, that each one is related to a specific function. The thyroid hormones deal with thyroid things, estrogen with "female" things, testosterone with "male" things, and so on. It can be rude awakening, for patients and doctors alike, when it comes to hormones and disorders such as autoimmune disease and chemical sensitivity, to say nothing of having the rug pulled out of us when it comes to dealing with peri- and post-menopause.

Most of us are under the impression that hormones are just chemicals made in our bodies, and chemicals specifically made to be put into our bodies, such as birth control pills, thyroid medication, etc. What most of us don't realize is that an unknown number of the chemicals produced by the chemical industry for pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, plastics, solvents, and more are hormone mimics, that is, our body reacts to them as if they were hormones produced in or intentionally taken into our bodies.

Even purportedly (by the epeople who make and sell them) "natural" (with the implication that nothing that is natural can cause health problems) products like aromatherapy oils, pose various risks, as outlined in Lavender, Tea Tree Oils Linked to Breast Growth in Boys, which refers to a study that found these chemicals boost estrogen and suppress androgens. Could these chemicals and the products that contain them also cause problems in women at risk for estrogen-related breast cancer?

One of the biggest groups of unintentional hormones are the xenoestrogens--environmental estrogen mimics. It has taken decades for researchers to realize what was happening, what the risks are to humans and animals--males and females--when they are regularly exposed to these xenoestrogens. Not surprisingly, the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies responsible for seeing to the public and environmental health have been reacting too slowly to put a dent into these chemicals that have pervaded our environment and daily lives.

Matters are further complicated--and health impaired--by medical doctors who do not realize the extent of the potential impact of environmental hormones on human health. Add to that standard lab tests whose "norms" are so wide as to be absurd, to physicians who refuse to treat with appropriate hormones just because they look at a "normal" test result rather than carefully listen and look at their patients who are voicing and evidencing obvious signs of a dysregulated endocrine system.

And then there are all those chemicals we 'invite' into our homes: Low Sperm Counts and Deformed Penises: The Chemical Industry Has a Hold on Your Reproductive Future


Environmental Hormone/Endocrine Disruptors
Common Pollutant Undermine Masculinity
Disrupting the Truth
Environmental Assault on Immunity
Effects of Air Pollution on North American Temperate Forests
Farmed Salmon High in PCBs
Feminized Frogs: Herbicide Disrupts Sexual Growth
Hormonal Sabotage (Our Stolen Future)
More Frog Trouble: Herbicides May Emasculate Wild Males
Other Endocrine Disruptors
Raising Baby in an Era of Toxins
Soy: More Health Problems than Benefits



Environmental Estrogens/Xenoestrogens
A Fish Named Wayne/Wanda?
Estrogen Dominance: Underdiagnosed threat to women's health

Safety Concerns with Sunscreen
Sunblock: Gender-bending chemicals that mimic œstrogen are common

To Fu or Not To Fu: Soy's the Question


Estrogen, Serotonin & Peri/Menopause
Approach to the Perimenopausal Patient
Alcohol, ERT, and visuospatial processes in postmenopausal women
Depression, menopause and estrogens: is there a correlation?
Estrogen modifies brain cortical serotonin receptors
Estrogen Replacement Therapy and Mood
Estrogen, serotonin, and mood disturbance: where is the therapeutic bridge?
Keeping Ovaries After Hysterectomy Boosts Survival
Minding menopause: Psychotropics vs. estrogen?


More on Estrogens
Effects of Alcohol Use and Estrogen on Bone
Estrogen Therapy and Alcohol
High-density lipoproteins: effects of alcohol, estrogen, and phytoestrogens
Scientists Uncover Novel Role for Estrogen in Bone Marrow
Œstrogen-only HRT may not increase breast cancer risk

Modern Living: Maybe not so good...
Bright Lights, Big Cancer: Melatonin-depleted blood spurs tumor growth


Neurotransmitters (Nature's Other Hormones)
Neurotransmitters Play a New Role in Health
Thyroid Disease, Menopause, and Serotonin
Estrogen, serotonin, and mood disturbance: where is the therapeutic bridge?
Minding menopause: Psychotropics vs. estrogen?
Depression, menopause and estrogens: is there a correlation?
Serotonin and Obesity
ERT's effect on mood in menopausal women and the mechanics of this effect
More on Thyroid...
Books on Hormones and Menopause
Neurotransmitter Testing: Neuroscience Labs, Inc.


Soy: More Health Problems Than Benefits
Allergy to soy is one of the most common food allergies allergy, with many more people having soy intolerance. Despite all the noise about peanuts, and the fact that soy and soy byproducts are found in over 60% of foods, ranging from canned poultry to mayonnaise to shortening to vegetable oil and peanut butter, soy is rarely mentioned as an allergen, food companies and restaurants haven't a clue, and people just get sicker. And that's besides soy's phytoestrogens (some of the highly touted isoflavones) which pose a risk to women who should not be increasing their natural estrogen level, and soy's iodine-binding capacity which affects thyroid function and the millions of people with thyroid disease.

The Bad Effects of Soy
Soya Allergy
Soy Allergy  (
Soy Allergy (Cleveland Clinic)
Soy Allergies (
Soy Allergy Diet (Lucille Packard Children's Hospital)
Soy Protein Intolerance (eMedicine)

Tofu or Not Tofu
New Report on Soy Finds Limited Evidence for Health Outcomes


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