Volume11, Issue 27 | April 2, 2014  
A hidden cause of infertility and
possibly prostate cancer
I've told you in the past about bisphenol A or BPA in plastic. While you can avoid many of these plasticizers by following my advice, there's one source that I have to admit, took me aback. When I found out, I was almost in shock. Big Pharma is adding a known plasticizer toxin to your FDA-approved drugs.

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Phthalates are petrochemicals used to soften plastic. They leach out of the plastic and into your body. They poison you, and they are poisoning wildlife. They act as powerful estrogens. It's not enough that the chemical industry is putting it in your plastic. Now Pharma is poisoning you with it.

Phthalates are found in at least 47 prescription drugs, including popular stomach acid blockers like omeprazole, used in Prilosec. Drug makers add them for time release. The phthalate coating dissolves when the pill reaches a certain pH. Otherwise, the pill would dissolve in the stomach, perhaps far from the target area. And, since the FDA has approved its use, the drug companies aren't interested in looking for safe alternatives. And FDA approval may limit your legal recourse if the chemicals damage your health.

Industry reps maintain that phthalates used in consumer products are safe. They say human studies are small and inconclusive, and that the animals in studies showing effects were exposed to high doses.

They think the problem isn't real? Ask a Boston man who was contaminated with 100 times more phthalates than ever before recorded in a human being. The source? Asacol, a popular prescription drug for colon problems.

Dr. Shanna Swan, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and of environmental medicine at University of Rochester, called DBP, used in Asacol, "one of the most toxic" phthalates. It was associated with feminization of newborn boys — a shortened distance between the genitals and the anus — in a study that Swan and her colleagues published in 2005. Congress enacted a law in August 2008 banning the chemicals in toys and other children's products. But the FDA permits it in your drugs.

The Boston man had 17,000 parts per billion of phthalates in his blood. The average for the general population was 46. In his early 30s, he was tested for phthalates as part of an infertility workup. He and his wife were unable to conceive a child.

You are past the age of sexual development. You might be past the age of childbearing. But you will never be past the age of unwarranted estrogenic stimulation to your organs. Unbridled estrogen stimulation can cause cancer. Pure and simple.

Big Pharma might not have detected problems with the chemical. But perhaps they are not looking in the right place, long enough. Prostate cancer is epidemic. We know that it is related to estrogen.

If you are taking any pharmaceuticals, ask your pharmacist if the product contains phthalates. If it does, demand an alternative. No ifs, ands, or buts. Return to glass where possible in all of your drink containers and utensils, and please recycle. Do your best to avoid plastic contact with your food and water. Plastic contains phthalates as well as BPA. Stay away from it as best you can.


Environmental Health News, 10 November 2008

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