Oestrogen Pollution

Global warming, peak oil, over consumption, nuclear holocaust: These are all well known factors that may push us to extinction. Another overlooked causation for our very likely collective demise is the over abundance of the hormone oestrogen in the world. This can be called oestrogen pollution.

Menopausal women have long been urged to take oestrogen in the form of Hormone Replacement Therapy to keep them young and active and in spite of the fact that the Women’s Health Initiative study found a slightly greater rate of breast cancer in the women taking hormone replacement, many continue to do so. Similarly millions of women consume the contraceptive pill containing synthetic oestrogen when the taking of the pill has also been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer in pre-menopausal women. Then there is the unpleasant reality that our very environments are over loaded with oestrogen mimicking man- made chemicals called xeno-oestrogens. These come from the widespread use of herbicides, pesticides and plastics and have created a problem that has never before existed on this planet.

In the natural scheme of things, a woman’s body is designed to produce the two hormones; progesterone and oestrogen. These two hormones having been designed to exist in a very sensitive and precise balance in order to maximize reproduction. When the balance that exists between oestrogen and progesterone is altered, the state of oestrogen dominance exists.

The presence of stress in our lives, nutritional deficiencies, and the oestrogenic substances from our environment, plus the taking of synthetic oestrogens, are the likely contributing factors to the creation of oestrogen dominance.

Oestrogen dominance can result in a huge range of conditions that women frequently complain of such as breast tenderness, depression, fatigue, hair thinning, excessive facial hair, fibrocystic breasts, even foggy thinking, and headaches. More serious conditions can occur such as increased risk of stroke, infertility, osteoporosis, thyroid dysfunction, uterine and breast cancer, gall bladder disease and auto-immune disorders.

We have polluted our environment and ourselves in a sea of oestrogen-like mimics. These oestrogen like chemicals are in the air, water, soil, and over abundantly in our bodies and have a powerful oestrogenic effect on the body, are fat-soluble and non-biodegradable. They are also dangerously toxic.The legacy of this pollution has resulted in an epidemic of reproductive abnormalities, including the steadily increasing number of cancers of the reproductive tract, infertility, low sperm- counts, poor sperm-quality and the feminisation of males.

Media reports during the month of April told us that the number of boys born with genital defects has risen by more than 50 per cent in the past two decades, leading researchers to speculate that in-vitro fertilisation drugs, airborne pollution and agricultural chemicals are playing havoc with hormone levels of male foetuses. Although the study could not identify causes for the abnormal development, possible causes were air pollution, pesticides and the use of potent drugs in assisted reproduction treatment. Another theory blamed maternal diets high in soy protein, which promotes oestrogen production.

The weekend Australian 5th May told us that right now is not a great time to be a fish, especially if you inhabit English rivers.About 85 percent of the water in these rivers is re-cycled sewage water. And more and more of the fish are female. Experts have analysed what chemicals in the river water are causing the fish to change sex, and have found ethinyl estradiol which is the hormonal component of the female contraceptive pill, used by millions of women.

Makes you really wary of drinking our collective recycled sewage, doesn’t it. Much has been said and written about the pill in regard to sexual liberation but little about the effects of the pill. This could be termed contraceptive "waste". Where is the debate about the residues which leave the bodies of women taking the pill and hrt? What is the impact of these compounds appearing in the environment?

Oestrogen pollution should be a cause for concern.