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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
1:31 pm
[bronwe]
Were you early, late, or on-time coming into puberty, compared with your peers?
 Have you had any testing done on your hormone levels? What were the results?
read:
http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/science/10/14/asexual.study/index.html http://archive.salon.com/mwt/feature/2005/05/26/asexual/index_np.html
Friday, July 14th, 2006
10:18 pm
[bronwe]
http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/07/13/premature.births.ap/index.html

I wouldn't be surprised if there was an endocrine disruptor behind that.

In other news, I've decided to become a vegetarian again after reading about persistent chemicals in Our Stolen Future.  Persistent chemicals are stored in fat, and wreak all sorts of havoc on your body and those of your children, so not eating meat would be a good thing because it means you're getting less persistent chemicals in you in the first place, and that there isn't as much fat for them to be stored in.

Persistent chemicals, for those of you who don't know, are chemicals that your body cannot break down.  Most of them cannot be broken down by anything except ultra-violet light.  Most of them wreak havoc on your body, so it's wise to stay away from them.
Friday, July 7th, 2006
11:44 am
[_anxi0us]
I got Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, and Our Stolen Future, by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers for my birthday.  I'm reading Our Stolen Future right now, and it's quite scary.  I had no idea that DES was given out so freely.  Doctors prescribed it like candy to pregnant women.  It was supposed to prevent miscarriages, but it actually caused them.  It also caused clear cell adenocarcinoma of the vagina in the daughters of women who took DES during their pregnancies.  Reading that kind of scared me because I'm on birth control, and the type I'm on hasn't been around for all that long, and what if it causes some weird cancer or birth defect in my children?

Another interesting thing I've learned so far (I'm only on page 79) is that many plants produce estrogenic substances as a means of protection against predators.  If they can cause miscarriages in their predators, there will be less animals to prey on them.  They are found in many foods we eat, such as parsley, garlic, wheat, rice, potatoes, carrots, apples, and coffee!  They're even in marijuana!  So if you're trying to make yourself infertile, try those!

As a side note, my boyfriend got me a stainless steel thermos for my birthday!  I'm wicked excited cuz this means I don't have to drink my coffee out of plastic anymore!  Now I just need to get a small aluminum bottle for my juice.  And a stainless steel sandwich container. 

And all of you should go out and buy/borrow Our Stolen Future and Silent Spring if you haven't already read them, because they are very important books!
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
4:18 pm
[_anxi0us]
Sex reversal effects on Caiman latirostris exposed to environmentally relevant doses of the xenoestrogen bisphenol A (General and Comparitive Endocrinology, C. Stoker, F. Rey, H. Rodriguez, J. G. Ramos, P. Sirosky, A. Larriera, E. H. Luque and M. Munoz-de-Toro)
It's a long url and I don't wanna mess up any friends pages.

I thought this was pretty interesting, as Caiman latirostris is a crocodile, and is so much bigger than us. Enjoy!
Monday, March 6th, 2006
11:33 pm
[_anxi0us]
I just made the terribly disheartening discovery that Nalgene bottles have BPA in them!!!!!! http://www.nalgene-outdoor.com/technical/bpaInfo.html I've been drinking out of those for years!
Sunday, March 5th, 2006
11:16 pm
[_anxi0us]
I found the NRDC article!!! It’s pretty long, but I highly recommend it.

http://www.nrdc.org/onearth/06win/chem1.asp


Also, if any of you are looking for non-plastic food containers or water bottles, go here: http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=40000000226&storeId=226&categoryId=47923&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=252. I imagine they’re kinda bulky, but that’s all I’ve been able to find. I’ll post more sites if I find them.
9:33 pm
[_anxi0us]
This is a very new topic to me, so I don't know all that much about it. What I do know is that not enough people know about them, and how very dangerous they are. I read a great article about them in the NRDC publication On Earth, and when I find the article, I'll definitely post about it. Here are some interesting links you all might be interested in:


http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/qendoc.asp
http://www.epa.gov/endocrine/
http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/
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