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Can this happen to humans as well?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by boots, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. boots

    boots New Member

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. — An environmental group asked the federal government Tuesday to ban a class of toxic chemical compounds that are found in industrial and household detergents and are believed to cause male fish to develop female characteristics.
    The Sierra Club also asked the Environmental Protection Agency to bar the use of these products in areas where wastewater treatment plants aren’t equipped to remove nonylphenol ethoxylates, or NPEs.
    Scientists have documented so-called intersex fish in U.S. waters in the last decade, including the southern Great Lakes, the Potomac River watershed and the Southern California coast. The reasons for the problem aren’t fully known, but researchers suspect it is rooted in wastewater and farm runoff polluted with chemicals that are estrogenic, meaning they stimulate estrogen production. NPEs are one of them.
    NPEs, which are derived from petroleum, are used mainly in detergents but they are also used in paper manufacturing and flame retardants.
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Yes. Yes it can.
  3. Matt Foley

    Matt Foley Member

    It is theoretically possible. If exposure to a chemical compound caused the endocrine systems of human males to secrete excessive amounts of female hormones then they would begin to develop breasts, hips, and would lose their body hair (basically the same thing that happens when doctors begin giving hormone treatments to men who are preparing to sexual reassingment surgery) however, such an incident would not cause the men to develop female reproductive systems.
  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    This guy says "Ha! Some bastard has it worse than me!"

  5. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    Can males develop female characteristics? Umpossible, I say.
  6. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

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