Estrogens in the Environment
The Pill, Plastics, Bioflavonoids, Fertility, Sperm


Environmental & Dietary Estrogens and Human Health

It has been hypothesized that organochlorine pesticides and other environmental and dietary estrogens may be associated with the increased incidence of breast cancer in women and decreased sperm concentrations and reproductive problems in men.

However, elevation of organochlorine compounds such as dichlorodipehenyldichloroethylene (DDE) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in breast cancer patients is not consistently observed. Reanalysis of the data showing that male sperm counts decreased by over 40% during 1940 to 1990 indicated that inadequate statistical methods were used and that the data did not support a significant decline in sperm count.

Humans are exposed to both natural and industrial chemicals which exhibit estrogenic and antiestrogenic activities. For example, bioflavonoids, which are widely distributed in foods, and several industrial compounds, including organochlorine pesticides and various phenolic chemicals, exhibit estrogenic activity.

S H Safe
Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, Texas A&M University, College Station 77843-4466, USA.
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1519094


A SURVEY OF ESTROGENIC ACTIVITY IN UNITED KINGDOM INLAND WATERS

Vitellogenin, a yolk-precursor protein normally found only in the blood plasma of sexually mature female teleosts and other egg-laying vertebrates, was used as an indicator of exposure of male rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) to exogenous estrogens.

Cages containing adult male trout were placed at the points of discharge and at varying distances downstream of treated sewage effluent outfalls into the River Lea (UK) during the summer and winter months of 1992. After 3 weeks exposure at the majority of sites, fish held up to 15 km downstream of inputs showed an increase in plasma vitellogenin concentration, with statistically significant elevations up to 4.5 km downstream.

Trout were also placed in 15 raw water storage reservoirs in southeast England during the summer of 1993 for an exposure period of 6 weeks. No biologically significant increases in plasma vitellogenin concentration were observed in any of the reservoirs.

http://www.setacjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1897%2F1551-5028(1996)015%3C1993:ASOEAI%3E2.3.CO%3B2&ct=1&SESSID=1d7a5bfc683b0e875c3c2395b9408e89


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