Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Laundry Day and Hormone confusion

The Non-Toxic Times Newsletter - Seventh Generation

Seventh Generation published an article regarding NPEs (nonylphenol ethoxylates) Surfactants that "mimic the hormone estrogen". These chemicals are commonly found in laundry detergent and household cleaners. The problem comes in twos- as we are exposed to the chemicals in our homes, and as our waste water enters the environment. Apparently their mimicry of estrogen causes "cellular confusion" in trout that are exposed to it- the boys' bodies get confused and they become part girls- not so good if you are a fisherman and expect a nice crop of fertilized fish eggs. Wonder what it does to menopausal women? HRT, anyone?

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