Hormone-Mimicking Chemicals Labeled “Global Threat”!

19 Feb

From the link below:

An international team of experts reported today that evidence linking hormone-mimicking chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a “global threat” that should be addressed. The report is a joint effort by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme to give policymakers the latest information on chemicals that seem to mess with the hormones of people and wildlife. Much has changed since 2002, when the organizations released a report that called the evidence “weak.” The panel of 16 scientists from 10 nations found that endocrine-related diseases and disorders are on the rise. There is now “emerging evidence for adverse reproductive outcomes” and “mounting evidence” for effects on thyroids, brains and metabolism, the report summary says.


We all know that DES victims are the canaries in the coalmine re: effects of hormone-mimicking chemicals and endocrine disruptors. Sign and share the “Eli Lilly – Fess Up On DES!” Petition today: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/555/889/673/eli-lilly-fess-up-on-des/



3 Responses to “Hormone-Mimicking Chemicals Labeled “Global Threat”!”

  1. Marilyn Butler February 21, 2013 at 3:31 am #

    do you have a way to NOT send this to those who have already signed??

    • DES Info February 21, 2013 at 11:49 am #

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  2. Hugh Easton February 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    As I’ve been trying to tell people in Scotts’s DES sons support group, although it’s entirely possible that environmental EDCs can cause health problems, there’s really no compariing EDCs with DES. Most EDCs are relatively weak estrogen mimics and only get into the human food chain in small quantities, whereas DES is an extraordinarily potent artificial estrogen that is active at the microgram level. There was an incident towards the end of the 1950s where a pill-making company (Nysco Laboratories I think) processed a batch of DES pills, then didn’t clean their equipment thoroughly enough before moving on to their next production run, a batch of childrens medicines. The result, a few months later, was that thousands of children across the US started developing breasts!

    In high enough doses in a laboratory setting, BPA, pthalates and other environmental EDCs may well be able to produce noticeable estrogenic effects, testicular dysgenesis and so forth, but in the course of everyday living, people don’t usually get exposed to those kind of doses. By contrast, exposure to hormones in a medical setting will by definition almost always be to doses of the drug large enough to produce significant effects. The medical hormones are generally much more potent compounds than environmental EDCs too, being specifically designed to target particular hormone receptors.

    As Pat Cody put it in her book “DES Voices”,
    “By the time I had completed this course of treatment, I had swallowed a total of 10,100 milligrams, or more than ten grams, of DES—roughly the equivalent of 500,000 of today’s low-dose birth control pills.”

    What she’s said is accurate. The average dose of estrogen in modern combined oral contraceptive pills is 35 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen with about the same potency as DES). The “Smith and Smith” DES miscarriage treatment was so far beyond anything you’d get from environmental EDCs that there’s really no comparison between the two at all.

    The doses of DES used for miscarriage treatment were so large that, during its heyday, there must have been far more artificial estrogen getting through sewage treatment and into the waterways than there is today. That makes at least one of the claims about EDCs (that the hormones from birth control pills are getting into waterways and causing fish to change sex) look highly suspect. I’ve never noticed any tendency for plastic to dissolve in water either, so the claims made about BPA look very dodgy to me too. I can’t help but think that the whole EDCs thing might be a cover story set up by the pharmaceutical industry to divert attention away from medical hormones, to provide a plausible-seeming explanation for the public as to why male infertility rates are soaring and why so many men are developing “moobs” and other symptoms of endocrine problems, and to keep groups of people like yourselves who were affected by past medical hormone exposures distracted and preoccupied.

    There is at least one other large group of people from the wonder drug era left with lifelong disabilities as a result of exposure to medical hormones during pregnancy – the Primodos victims. As with DES (and particularly the DES sons), the disaster was covered up and is now largely forgotten, but during the peak years of use (between 1958 and 1975 I think) several hundred thousand pregnant women a year were being given Primodos and similar drugs, so even if the deformity rate was only 1 or 2 percent the total number of people affected must be in the tens of thousands if not more. With Primodos the exposure usually occurred very early in the pregnancy before sexually dimorphic development had started, and rather than causing intersexed development or reproductive system abnormalities the result was something called VACTERL syndrome, which is a range of thalidomide-like deformities including missing limbs, abnormalities of major internal organs and spina bifida.

    See: http://www.cbgnetwork.org/2883.html

    It might be worth contacting Valerie Williams and find out whether she and her organisation are interested in joining forces with yourselves. Although all of us have been affected in different ways, the underlying cause is the same – medical treatment during pregnancy with artificial hormones. In adults, hormones are an indispensible tool in the medical armoury, but in the unborn child, they’re an unmitigated disaster capable of causing all sorts of developmental abnormalities.

    Another organisation that might be worth contacting is Hhorages France. In their case, they are fighting for people with serious mental illnesses due to abnormalities in brain development, but again the cause is the same – medicinal hormones during pregnancy. Unfortunately their website is in French, and I failed French at school!

    There’s also the DES sons. As Pat noted in her book, it’s really hard to get them to talk about how they’ve been affected, but (certainly from what I’ve seen) a very high percentage of them are physically and/or psychologically intersexed – which is exactly what you’d expect to happen after being exposed to a colossal dose of female hormones for a large part of the pregnancy. Although DES itself is long gone, high dose artificial female hormones are to this day still being used to prevent miscarriages and premature births. I’ve been trying to make people in the transgender community aware that DES has caused both physical and psychological intersex conditions among many DES sons, and that medical hormones in pregnancy are probably a major cause of transsexuality. Unfortunately they so far seem very resistant to that idea, or at least doing anything about it!

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