Monday, July 03, 2017

Something In The Water?

Where I live the water comes from reservoirs surrounded by woods and orchards and the water is very pure. They don’t use chemicals to treat the water instead they use Ultraviolet light.

Many municipalities use river water and is heavily treated and may have all types of chemicals in it.
Fish becoming transgender from contraceptive pill chemicals being flushed down household drains
By Sophie Jamieson
July 2, 2017

A fifth of male fish are now transgender because of chemicals from the contraceptive pill being flushed down household drains, a study by has suggested.

Male river fish are displaying feminised traits and even producing eggs, the study found. Some have reduced sperm quality and display less aggressive and competitive behaviour, which makes them less likely to breed successfully.

The chemicals causing these effects include ingredients in the contraceptive pill, by-products of cleaning agents, plastics and cosmetics, according to the findings.
Tests showed 20 per cent of male freshwater fish, such as roach, at 50 sites had feminine characteristics.

More than 200 chemicals from sewage plants have been identified with oestrogen-like effects and drugs such as antidepressants are also altering fish's natural behaviour, his study found.

"Other research has shown that many other chemicals that are discharged through sewage treatment works can affect fish, including antidepressant drugs that reduce the natural shyness of some fish species, including the way they react to predators," Professor Tyler said.
When river water is treated they can’t remove chemical compounds unless they use something like reverse osmosis which is costly, so a result drinking water from rivers have a lot of dissolved inorganic solids. As the article points out some of the compounds in the drinking water are estrogens from birth control pills and our Cross Gender Hormones and hormones from stock yards and farms.

I remember once at a support group meeting there were four or five trans people from not only the same small town but within blocks of each other and not too far downstream from a chemical plant. We used to joke that there was “something in the water” but I always thought that it might not be too far from the truth.

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