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Your Urine is now a matter of National Security.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Top Secret! National Security! You DO NOT need to know what you are pissing away!

Do I have a right to know what’s in my urine? How can what I urinate be a matter of National Security? It can’t be!

From fish to meat to baby shampoo to the pipes our water flows through, we are a world increasingly filled with unwanted, unintended chemicals in our bodies and now we are being told we can’t handle the truth.

The truth is, we already know we are being pumped full of pharmaceuticals and chemicals we never signed up for…now the small number of government officials and the other 1% of the public is being made aware.

We already know that 2 of the most powerful antibiotics, ciprofloxacin and enrofloxacin, both banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been getting into the food we eat.

These drugs have been proven to play a major role in the transmission of resistant microorganisms from animals to humans through the food chain.

We also know that Phthalates, a chemical used in many types of plastics, has been linked to testicular cancer and defects of the male reproduction system. Most of the water we drink passes through pipes made of PVC at some point.

In fact 90% of the phthalates produced in the UK go into the production of PVC products. The UK banned the use of products that use Phthalates that come into contact with food stuffs.

A condition known as Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome (TDS) is the name for the umbrella that covers a long list of male reproductive organ ailments. Cryptorchidism (undescended testicle), Hypospadias (a birth defect of the penis) and impaired sperm production known as spermatogenesis are all being linked to exposure to Phthalates.

Phthalates absorbed by pregnant women is also thought to be leading to the ‘feminization’ of the developing male fetus. The Chemical Bisphenol A, (BPA) is beginning to be linked to ‘gender confusion‘. Virtually everyone tested shows one or more types of Phthalates in their urine.

One of the most in-depth explanations of what and where these chemicals can be found in is in an article ‘down the drain’ that can be found here

Lab rats, babies, fish, mammals of all kinds and now birds have been found to be suffering from the effects of these hormone disrupting chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Labels: BPA, Bisphenol, Bottled Deep-sea Water, FDA, Feminization, Gender, Hypospadias, PVC, Plastic, TDS, antibotics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals

© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

Your Urine is now a matter of National Security.

3.5 MILLION tons of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Plastic doesn’t pollute, people pollute?

It’s no surprise that a member of the American Plastics Council was quoted in 2004 saying the reason plastic is everywhere is because it’s such a good material that does so much so well.

Plastic does do so many things so well. One of the things we are finding out it does so well is cause Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome (TDS) which has been increasing daily. Plastics that contain Phthalates can migrate into the foods they come into contact with and be ingested and absorbed into our systems.

The chemical BPA, Bisphenol A, which has been used in the manufacturing of some plastics since the 1950’s is now being shown to cause ‘gender confusion’.

BPA has been found to actually pass from generation to generation in utero. This is a topic of conversation best left to other forums, but cosider the fact that there may be less gender confusion in underdeveloped countries where less plastic has been used customarily in every aspect of life for generations.

We have now been exposed to so much plastic that we are urinating the stuff!

Why would anyone be surprised to find there is a bundle of trash, estimated to weigh 3.5 MILLION tons of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean. 80% of this heap, larger than twice the size of Texas, is made up from plastic debris. Debris that is blown washed and flooded out to sea.

Tons of plastic that doesn’t find its way into land fills finds it way to the coastlines and is carried out to see into a giant vortex of currents.

Shame on you, shame on me. Shame on all of us.

We are being told at this point cleaning this mess up isn’t an option. Continuing to live as though there is no tomorrow, and letting the petroleum and plastics industry continue to dictate our futures isn’t an option.

Not anymore.

Labels: BPA, Bisphenol, Ocean, Ocean Habitat, Phthalates, Plastic, Trash, Urine, ecosystems

© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

3.5 MILLION tons of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean!

Wholesome Glass: Progress isn’t always better.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Progress: The very nature of the word gives us a feeling of hope, the patient is making progress. The mission is progressing. The progress of research. In nearly every situation where we use the word progress something good is waiting at the end of the line. Maybe not all things new, should be called progressive.

Remember how wonderful a small ice cold glass bottle of soda tasted on a hot summer day? Pulling an icy wet bottle that had been resting in a chilling cooler made from metal was one of the most pleasant experiences I can recall as a kid. There were actually grids of some sort that kept the bottle from floating up in the icy waters of the soda machine. The bottles were small, they fit in the hand and cooled not only our throats, but our hands as well. Those days are gone.

It turns out glass was a good thing.

Glass can be recycled into infinity. One glass container can be recycled over and over without losing any of its quality or purity.

Arguments for using plastic containers range from safety issues, as falling down with a glass bottle in hand may result in injury to transporting glass requires more fuel. True that glass poses some hazard when broken, we need to weigh the risk benefit of using BPA vs. Glass to contain the products we ingest into our bodies.

Glass is made from sand, soda ash, and lime stone. Once a glass container is manufactured the cost of reincarnating it into another container is even less expensive than making a new glass container.

If you’ve ever taken glass containers to a recycling center you will have noticed that glass is separated by color. Once color is added to glass it cannot be removed. There for the colored glass is segregated by color. Color in glass does not effect its ability to be turned into another colored container.

There are certain types of glass that cannot be recycled. Window panes, light bulbs and some types of ovenware are not easily recycled. These types of glass are manufactured using a different method than food and beverage containers. Be sure to look for the ‘G’ on the glass you use. This means it has already been recycled into the container you are holding and it can be recycled again. Glass is amazing stuff folks.

As we have become more aware of the benefits of recycling, the amount of new plastics products have done nothing but risen. We are recycling more plastic, and yet more and more new plastic is being manufactured. In fact much of the plastic we do recycle is being sent to third world countries. We are simply tossing more weight on the backs of the people that are least capable of withstanding additional stress.

Generating one plastic bottle can generate more than 100 times the toxins emitted into the air and water than making the same container into glass.

Americans alone toss away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. That’s more than 22 Billion bottles tossed every year, only by Americans. wow!

For every ton of glass that is recycled 9 gallons of fuel are saved. Recycled glass also requires using up to 32% less energy to reincarnate.

Labels: BPA, Plastic, Recycle

© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

Wholesome Glass: Progress isn’t always better.

Gay by Nature or Nurture debate takes a backseat to environmental toxins!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Let’s see if we can wrap our minds around this scenario! It turns out that scientific studies have now proven exposure to BPA, bisphenol A, creates all kinds of reporductive ‘confussion’.

BPA is, but one more toxic chemical that has been absorbed into the envirnment and into humans…for generations. BPA is the substance used to create the slightly stiffer plastic items we use daily to take in much of our food and drink.

First let’s address only a few ways this toxin gets inside of us.

Many of the foods we eat come from cans that are coated on the inside with BPA to prevent the leaching of metal into the foods. We’re jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Speaking of heat, studies show that heating items that are made with BPA increases its ‘leaching’ or contamination with the BPA molecules. Millions of baby bottles are made with plastic containing BPA. As any parent knows baby bottles are continually exposed to heat. Many of todays water bottles are also manufactured using BPA. Beer and wine fermentation vats and even sealants used to protect children from cavities. The exposure to BPA is ubiquitous. There is no possilbe way for me to list all the ways this toxin is absorbed by humans.

To put the use of BPA into some perspective, more than 6 billion, that’s billion with a b, are produced yearly. The wide use of this chemical started in the 1950. Simply put, for more than a half century we have been slowly changeing the face of our own genitic make up, now reaching critical mass.

Now let’s look at just one ramification of BPA, which is quite simply amazing. Females reproductive eggs are established, formed and grown while still in the womb. When a woman has been exposed as we all have since the 1950’s to BPA, not only were our grandmothers eggs, ie, our parents who started growing their reproductive systems in utero and then in turn our own, but our children are now representing the 4th generation of BPA ’scrambled eggs’.

To understand this completely I’ve drawn a comparison from BPA in human ‘eggs’ to pearls. As a small particle of sand is at the core of a pearl, these BPA molecules are at the very beginning of the formation of our eggs and sperm. What BPA was absorbed by our grandmothers, was passed then in utero to our parents, this before they were ever exposed to any outside products containting BPA. You can see how the passing on, and the continuous exposoure of this chemical is having a cumulitive effect on all of us.

More than 700 published studies have been decrying the use of BPA. These studies have been summarily dismissed over the years by ‘experts’ in the field of plastics.

Studies have shown in lab rats that low doses of BPA have caused gender confussion. The feminazation of males, and the defeminazation of females, are giving the scientific community great cause for concern. Females when exposed to far lower doses of BPA than the equivilant ‘recomended safe’ exposure to humans caused them to take on masquline traits such as agression, sexual prowess and a lack of maternal nurturing towards their offspring. The females spent far less time in the nest, and took on male traits.

Bisphenol A is only one of far too many toxins we are exposing ourselves and future generations to that are used by us daily. It’s time for us to start turning the tide back to clean wholesome glass containers for our food and drink.

Labels: BPA, Bisphenol, Feminization, Human Reproduction, Plastic, Poison, Toxin

© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

Gay by Nature or Nurture debate takes a backseat to environmental toxins!

Phthalates are Literally Everywhere

Friday, July 6, 2007

It would be easier to list product that don’t contain any type of phthalates. This Class of toxic chemical is being found in nearly everything that is tested for its presence.

In our environment everything from literally, from below the ground to the air we breathe, up to the clouds held in that air, contain some amount of phthalates.

Building materials, all types of flooring PVC pipes and even household dust contains phthalates. Kitchen utensils and packaging of all types of products that contact both you and your food are found in our environment.

In hospitals, besides the building materials and plastic pipes phthalates are found in blood-bags, medical tubing ans all sorts of medical equipment. This is especially disturbing when considering people in hospitals generally have compromised health situations thereby perhaps making them more susceptible to the dangers of this class of chemical.

Cosmetic products are replete with phthalates. Products such as perfumes, hair spray and nail polish. Women between the ages of 20-40 years were found to have the highest levels of phthalates of any group tested. This is especially disturbing when considering woman in that age group in the main child bearing years. Given the fact that phthalates are endocrine disruptor and estrogen stimulators; no wonder birth defects of males reproductive systems are on the rise.

Also commonly found in foods, phthalates are easily absorbed by fatty foods such as cheese and meat. Restrictions placed on plastics contain phthalates coming in contact with food were meant to reduce the exposure and absorption of these chemicals. But, these chemicals are entering food from a variety of ways, not just from being wrapped in plastics.

Phthalates are being found in food before processing, suggesting they are so prevalent in our environment there may be no way to escape them.

Vast amounts of products containing phthalates plastics such as PVC, toiletries and cosmetics are being literally washed down the drain into sewage and wastewater systems. From wastewater it then goes on to rivers, estuaries and the sea. Ocean habitat, marine mammals and everything in the middle are being affected and poisoned by runoff tainted with these chemicals.

Plastics being incinerated are distributed into the atmosphere where they are then rained down upon the oceans and land. Crops are being irrigated with water that contains phthalates and then is run through pipes that contain them. Crops are then harvested and fed to animals that we then eat that are processed in plants that use equipment that cnatinas phthalates…We are getting the picture!

There isn’t any way for me to put into words the totality of this situation, other than saying “it’s even in our urine”.

How can we protect ourselves from the ubiquitous phthalate? One government website suggests we vacuume regularly. How ridiculous!

Labels: Feminization, Nonylphenolthoxylates, Ocean Habitat, PVC, Phthalates, Plastic, Poison, Sea Mammals, Sewage, TDS, endocrine, estorgen

© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

Phthalates are Literally Everywhere

Feminized Intersex Fish, Deformed Male Penis, Hermaphroditic Whales. Linking estorgen stimulating, endocrine blocking chemicals.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

The old joke ‘if you want to feel like a real woman, then wash this shirt and get me a beer’ may actually have more truth to it than we previously thought.

I don’t mean to imply men don’t do laundry. But, the constant contact with household cleaners usually does fall upon the human female. So it’s remarkable to find a connection between a class of toxic chemicals widely used in household detergents and the feminization of male fish.

This development has been studied for about the last 10 years. Nonylphenol ethoxylates, (NPE) known as estrogenic, means contact with this chemical will actually stimulate the production of estrogen.

There’s some irony! Maybe washing shirts really does make me feel more like a woman.

I don’t know if the mature male fish that carry eggs in their testes exhibit female behavior, but eggs in the reproductive system is definitely a female trait.

Canada and Europe have tighter restrictions imposed on the use of NPEs than the US.

In the US the answer to the use of these toxic class chemicals appears to be awarding certificates, maybe bronze plaques to companies that voluntarily commit to the use of safer substitutes for NPEs. How’s that for feminization? Why not a nice scrapbook page for their memory book too?

Voluntarily reducing the use of toxic chemicals is a ‘good thing’ as Martha Stewart would say. Procter & Gamble and Unilever have voluntarily substituted NPE’s with other chemicals in their products. Wal-Mart is still trying to hop on the green-train by rewarding companies it does business with that find alternatives to NPEs.

The Sierra Club thinks it’s time the EPA takes action to restrict or ban the use of this class of chemical.

Feminized or intersex fish have been found nearly everywhere. This leads me to agree with the idea that more than on estrogen stimulating, endocrine blocking chemical is being introduced into the environment and in more than one way.

Meanwhile, male salmon are loosing their urge to swim up stream, and becoming more amiable to staying home with the kids and keeping house.

More tomorrow on Phthalates, Nonylphenol ethoxylates, the Feminization of Marine life and the Human Male.

Labels: Canada, FDA, Feminization, Nonylphenol ethoxylates, Ocean, Ocean Habitat, PVC, Phthalates, Plastic, Poison, Polar Bear, Polar Bears, Salmon, Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome, USA, Wal-Mart, Whales

© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

Feminized Intersex Fish, Deformed Male Penis, Hermaphroditic Whales. Linking estorgen stimulating, endocrine blocking chemicals.

Feminized Male Fish, Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome and Phthalates in Plactics are Linked

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

This article began as being a story about the feminization of some types of male fish. While doing research I came upon some very sobering statistics regarding male testicular cancer and other types of frightening conditions of the male reproductive organs. This type of cancer as well as defects of the male reproduction system are on a disturbing rise and are being increasingly linked to the use of a chemicals called Phthalates.

Phthalates are found in all types of plastics. sometime in the 1950’s these chemicals started being mass-produced and used in the production of plastics. this chemical makes plastic more flexible. Look around your home or office and see just how many things are made from, or contain plastic. Don’t forget about those things unseen like PVC pipes. Most all of the water you come in contact with has moved at some point through some PVC pipe. In fact 90% of the Phthalates produced in the UK go into the production of PVC products.

The danger to the male reproduction system is so high in fact that the European Food Safety Authority placed a temporary ban on the use of Phthalates in the use of products that directly contact food. In 2004 Greenpeace research reveled, in fact, packaging used by UK retailers still contained Phthalates, which can migrate into foods. In 2005 the European Parliament voted to permanently ban the use of these chemicals in children’s toys and childcare articles, belief being that’s the most critically sensitive time in the reproduction system development.

The ban may be too little, too late. A laundry list of conditions now on the rise reads like an alien sci-fi movie script. Cryptorchidism (undescended testicle) hypospadias ( a birth defect of the penis) impaired spermatogenesis (sperm production) and testicular cancers are taking a steep rise.

The blanket term for all these conditions is now known as Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome (TDS). Keep an eye out for that term in the coming years. I fear we are only just now seeing the tip of the iceberg regarding this terrible trend.

In particular there is also thought to be a very real link between Phthalates absorbed by women while pregnant. This is causing disruption of the prenatal testicular development leading to ‘feminization’ of the developing reproductive tracts in the womb.

Male fish of many variety, both fresh and saltwater, are increasingly being found actually producing eggs in their testis rather than sperm. They are also developing ovary tissue and being found with a reduction of sperm.

As fish are not shopping for their meals at the market, how are they coming in contact with Phthalates?

We will continue this tomorrow.

Labels: Feminization, PVC, Phthalates, Plastic, TDS, Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome, testical cancer

© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

Feminized Male Fish, Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome and Phthalates in Plactics are Linked

Recycling and Eliminating Toxins From Ewaste: Corperate Responsibility and Consumer Savvy!

Friday, June 15, 2007

We were wondering yesterday if there was any way to slow the tide of toxic Ewaste polluting our oceans, air and land. The most practical way of course will be to eliminate the use of these toxins used manufacturing of electronic equipment.

Business policing itself for the sake of the greater good isn’t something we come across very often. The fast track to profit equals the status quo. Some companies have moved towards cleaning up their products while others are simply ignoring the dangers to our environment.

One of the best ways to effect a change in any industry is to vote with your wallet. Making a conscious effort to buy products that are greener will cause the market to produce greener products.

Manufactures need to implement more responsible end-of-life recycling of their own products. These manufactures need to set up a means by which consumers can return useless electronics back to the company of origin.

Consumers shouldn’t be left holding the toxic bag.

Greenpeace lists the top 3 as most improved Lenovo, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung.

Nokia though listed as number 2 has fallen from number 1. Sony Ericsson now in the number 3 spot was number 5.

Apple is at the ultimate bottom of the list followed by Panasonic and LGE.

By looking at the list the responsible consumer can make a more informed decision regarding the electronics they buy. This guide is updated every 3 months so keep corporate responsibility on your mind when making your next purchase.

Think about what you are replacing and ask yourself it your purchase is really necessary and how are you going to responsibly dispose of the item you may be replacing. If you aren’t replacing anything worn out, but buying a new technology find out where you can rid yourself if it when it is worn out or out dated.

Remember always ‘if you aren’t part of the solution, you really are part of the problem.’

Labels: Ewaste, Global Warming, Ocean, Plastic, Toxic Ewaste

© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

Recycling and Eliminating Toxins From Ewaste: Corperate Responsibility and Consumer Savvy!

Ocean Voyages of Toxic Ewaste

Thursday, June 14, 2007

We mentioned in our May 29 entry between 1997 and 2007 an unbelievable 500 million computers were discarded, by the US alone, producing a staggering 600,000 tons of toxic waste. What happens to all of this poison waste?

Here are some figures from The Basel Convention.
500 computers alone contain:

  • 717kg of lead
  • 1.36kg cadmium
  • 863 grams chromium
  • 287 grams mercury

    The Basel convention is part of the United Nations Environment Programme. (UNEP)Basel seeks control of the transboundry movement of hazardous wastes and their disposal, much of which is transported via our oceans.

    I first came across the Basel convention while researching the tainted products, in a seeming endless flow out of China into the rest of the world. Instead I became carried away looking at the apparent endless flow of poison waste flowing into China.

    China is only one country receiving mountains of toxic waste created by other nations. Smaller under-developed countries all over the world are receiving toxic waste at an alarming rate. It may be easier to understand why these smaller extremely poor countries would import hazards for pay it’s not immediately clear why China would expose its land and its people to such hazards.

    China has taken positive steps toward environmental cooperation by signing onto the Kyoto Protocol in 1998, something the US still stands away from. With poverty eradication and economic development still two of China’s top priorities it is still difficult to reconcile the importation of Ewaste from other countries.

    I found a piece on the BBC News Series ‘Disposable Planet?’ A photo essay entitled ‘China’s hi-tech toxics’. The piece chronicles how, what was a perfectly good farming village is now a toxic hole in the ground. A hole with hundreds and in some cases thousands of times higher levels of toxins than are deemed safe by the WHO for lead, chromium and tin.

    These already poor villagers dismantling Ewaste shipped in from other countries are falling victim to incredible healthy problems as well as ruining farm land.

    These poisons get washed into the not only the soil, but the water.

    What in the world can be done about slowing down the Ewaste? Computers and peripherals, we spends thousands of dollars on, are rendered virtually worthless with each new computer and electronics show.

    But, having just purchased a new laptop with the new VISTA installed, I’m thinking the race to discard our old computers will dramatically slow. So maybe there is some good news, for a little while at least!

    Labels: Ewaste, Global Warming, Ocean, Plastic, Toxic Ewaste

    © 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

    Ocean Voyages of Toxic Ewaste

    I want to say one word to you. Just one word.

    Tuesday, May 29, 2007


    According to a UN report plastic debris entering the ocean could be as high as 24 million pieces per day. 20% of that plastic comes from ships and offshore platforms, the rest is blown in from or washed off of land.

    Plastic debris is now being found in even the most remote regions of the globe, like Antarctica.

    Most plastics just break up into smaller and smaller particles. British scientists have found microscopic pieces of plastic even inside plankton which is the foundation for the marine food chain.

    A Dutch study done in 2004 found on average 30 pieces of plastic in the stomachs of dead Seagulls in the North Sea. The UN has reported more than a million seabirds and 100,000 mammals and sea turtles are killed by the consumption or hazards associated with plastics.

    It is estimated between 1997 and 2007 some 500 million computers used in the U.S. alone will have produced a staggering 600,000 tones of toxic waste, much of which is plastic. Perhaps 50-80 percent of this waste will be exported to developing countries. Where it goes from there is any one’s guess, but our oceans might be a good guess.

    Disappearing plankton from the waters off of Northern California, Oregon and Washington were thought to have met their end from the lack of ‘upwelling’. (seasonal movement of cold nutrient-rich offshore waters near shores)

    Maybe….Mr. Mc Guire: Plastics.
    Benjamin: Just how do you mean that, sir?

    Labels: Ocean, Ocean Habitat, Plastic, Sewage

    © 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

    I want to say one word to you. Just one word.

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