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Worth investigating health, environmental consequences of birth-control pills

Letter to the Editor

04/21/2017 | Comments

Once again we have observed “Forty Days for Life.”

I think it was in 1960 that an unsuspecting world was sold on the tempting thought that sex without its normal consequence was a wonderful idea. The “pill” got a warm welcome by many. Even the most astute among us could not have anticipated the sad results of that little monster.

Allow me to mention a few.

The first “canary in the coal mine” was a story in the Denver Post. In 2005, some scientists were interested in some fish caught in Colorado’s Boulder Creek. They reported that of 123 fish randomly captured, 101 were female, 12 were male, and 10 were “a strange hybrid of male and female,” so much so that the scientists could not determine their certain genders.

Wasn’t it only a few weeks earlier we were chuckling about some frogs and uncertain genders? How come all of a sudden there is so much interest in the genitalia of frogs and fish?

Dr. Conrad Volz, an environmental oncologist at the University of Pittsburgh, warned us nine years ago that the increased amount of hormones in our water supply systems is a threat to our health.

As early as 2007, scientists from the University of Pittsburgh investigated fish populations in the Allegheny River near sewer outflow pipes and found the same deformities. This is old news. That region depends on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers for its domestic water supply.

Chemicals and hormones found in 25 randomly captured fish caught in these rivers caused the growth of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells cultured in the laboratory. Eleven of these caused very aggressive cancer growth. Is it strange there is so much cancer? Shouldn’t we have some urgent questions?

In an article in the Vatican newspaper L’Observatore Romano, Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the Vatican based World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, wrote, “We have sufficient evidence to argue that one of the considerable factors contributing to male infertility in the West — with its ever decreasing numbers of spermatozoa in men — is environmental pollution caused by the by-products of the pill released in human waste.”

He wrote that the birth control pill is causing “devastating” environmental damage and plays a role in rising male infertility rates.

“The pill has created devastating ecological effects from tons of hormones released into the environment for years,” Castellvi wrote. “According to news reports, scientists world-wide have found sexual abnormalities in fish and other water dwelling creatures that have been exposed to sewer contamination with synthetic estrogen and other hormones like those used in the pill.” Don’t you think this is scary?

Those hormones are coming from birth control pills, patches, Norplant and Depo-Provera. The estrogen is not metabolized but is excreted in urine and sent down the sewer to the water treatment plant. Their equipment does not filter out hormones.

Has any scientist explored the possibility that these hormones are passed on to us through meat, vegetables and fruit grown on land irrigated with hormone-contaminated water? That’s a scary idea!

Could your morning cup of coffee have estrogen in it? Is your drinking and cooking water safe? Could an immature fetus have his/her hormone system screwed up by mother’s estrogen contaminated diet? Is it possible that some people who suffer from gender identity problems could be victims of our nations’ half-century use of birth control products? We had better get some scientific answers to some of these questions before we risk becoming a nation that died of hormonal assisted genocide.


Evelyn French

Black Forest

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