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Threat of women's pee no piddling problem for humanity
Mainichi Daily News ^ | April 27, 2004 | Ryann Connell

Posted on 05/03/2004 9:40:57 AM PDT by SteveH

Threat of women's pee no piddling problem for humanity

By Ryann Connell Staff Writer April 27, 2004

Women's weewee has the potential to wipe the Japanese off the face of the earth, screams Weekly Playboy (5/11-18).

And changes in the Tokyo Bay environment suggest this is no piddling problem.

"Marine life (in Tokyo Bay) has gradually been developing female characteristics for years and it was generally thought that this was caused by hormone balancing disrupting substances in the environment that people have been talking about for a few years now," a scientific journalist tells Weekly Playboy. "Actually, though, a Tokyo Metropolitan Government study has showed that the greatest cause of feminization of marine life has been the female hormone estrogen."

Tokyo examined hundreds of fish from 19 different breeds living in the bay, coming up with some alarming findings.

"Ovaries were found in some of the male fish. A high concentration of vitellogenin, a female protein, was also found in the bloodstream of another male fish," a spokesman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government tells Weekly Playboy. "We see one of the major reasons for the feminization of the fish lying in the area where they were caught. It is near a sewage drain and the concentration of female hormones in the area was about four times greater than water near the shoreline. We think the influence of female hormones in women's urine passing into the sea from the sewage treatment plant has a lot to do with the feminization of fish."

When a species loses the balance between its sexes, its survival is threatened. Some fear that eating fish carrying a high degree of female hormones could see the substances carried up the food chain and the feminization of humans begin.

Tokyo officials aren't too worried, however.

"We'll be all right if we improve the sewage treatment functions," says Kazuo Kazunami, head of the Tokyo Metropolitan Research Institute for Environmental Protection, which carried out the fishy probe.

Kazunami strongly refutes suggestions that women's pee could mean we all literally, well, piss off.

"Female hormones are also found in milk and tofu, not just fish. But just eating these foods doesn't mean the stomach or intestines are going to absorb female hormones," the scientist says, adding that the chances of the potentially lethal hormones passing up the food chain are virtually nil.

Not everybody is as confident, however.

"Every woman has estrogen, so it's not like you can legislate against it like you can with other hormone balance disrupting substances like dioxin or PCBs. Natural female hormones also work faster and stronger than the artificial substances, too," the science beat reporter tells Weekly Playboy. "Who knows how wide an effect estrogen could have on the feminization of fish? Who knows whether this won't one day affect humans? Just because we don't know what's going to happen in the future, the unknown is frightening."

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WaiWai stories are transcriptions of articles that originally appeared in Japanese language publications. The Mainichi Daily News cannot be held responsible for the contents of the original articles, nor does it guarantee their accuracy. Views expressed in the WaiWai column are not necessarily those held by the Mainichi Daily News or Mainichi Newspapers Co.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: coastalenvironment; environment; estrogen; fish; hormones; japan; pee

1 posted on 05/03/2004 9:40:58 AM PDT by SteveH
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To: farmfriend
ping
2 posted on 05/03/2004 10:23:40 AM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: SteveH
So, is this a good reason to take steroids and/or eat beef that has been given steriods?
3 posted on 05/03/2004 10:51:07 AM PDT by Chewbacca (I think I will stay single. Getting married is just so 'gay'.)
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To: Libertarianize the GOP
I've heard this before but I had always heard that is was the result of birthcontrol pills.
4 posted on 05/03/2004 10:52:43 AM PDT by farmfriend ( In Essentials, Unity...In Non-Essentials, Liberty...In All Things, Charity.)
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To: SteveH

5 posted on 05/03/2004 11:00:46 AM PDT by hookman
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To: farmfriend
heard that is was the result of birthcontrol pills.

That is the way I heard it but maybe both theories are just guesses.

6 posted on 05/03/2004 11:03:55 AM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: martin_fierro
marteen, this thread is calling out for your micturition....
7 posted on 05/03/2004 11:05:03 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
this thread is calling out for your micturition....

You mean erudition, don'cha ya Jagoff? <|:P~

(Goin' back to the 'Burgh for Mother's Day)

8 posted on 05/03/2004 11:17:50 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: 2Trievers; albee; annyokie; Augustus McCrae; Bloody Sam Roberts; Born Conservative; BraveMan; ...

No amateurs, please.
Send FReepmail if you want on/off ISHP list

9 posted on 05/03/2004 11:19:23 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: martin_fierro
just trying to P you Off, marteen ; )
10 posted on 05/03/2004 11:21:55 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: martin_fierro
take more pix, at home, by the way.
11 posted on 05/03/2004 11:22:16 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: martin_fierro
I have to respond.. but I have no earthly idea of what to say...


12 posted on 05/03/2004 11:22:55 AM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross (Every heart beats true for the red ,white and blue!)
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To: xsmommy
Will do!

There's bound to be good stuff around.

Yinz gonna be in tahhhn n'at?
13 posted on 05/03/2004 11:23:35 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: Diva Betsy Ross
I'm not entirely sure that I should've said anything. <|:)~
14 posted on 05/03/2004 11:25:38 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: martin_fierro
nope, since my mom and MIL are both gone now, mothers day is MY day and we will spend it right here. : )
15 posted on 05/03/2004 11:31:02 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SteveH; martin_fierro; mikrofon; mhking
Finding Hormone.
16 posted on 05/03/2004 11:35:53 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Fish with a swish.)
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To: xsmommy
Yeah, I figgered as much, but hadda ax.
17 posted on 05/03/2004 11:36:44 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: martin_fierro
i will def let you know if/when we go back up that way. i will be overnighting in LA en route to HI in June, with xsteen and xsbrownie. but that is too far for a meet and greet with the fierros, i assume?
18 posted on 05/03/2004 11:37:42 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Charles Henrickson
"Marine life (in Tokyo Bay) has gradually been developing female characteristics for years and it was generally thought that this was caused by hormone balancing disrupting substances in the environment that people have been talking about for a few years now"

And once a month, that marine life gets really, really cranky.

19 posted on 05/03/2004 11:41:00 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: xsmommy
OH yeah. Waaay too far.

I ain't drivin' no seven hours to meet ya.

<|:)~
20 posted on 05/03/2004 11:43:18 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: SteveH
Playboy is weekly in Japan?
21 posted on 05/03/2004 12:08:05 PM PDT by xp38
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To: SteveH
I guess Nicole Bass has nothing to worry about.


22 posted on 05/03/2004 12:44:15 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (`,,`,,Election '04...It's going to be a bumpy ride,,`,,`)
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To: SteveH
ma fish falistine
23 posted on 05/03/2004 12:51:49 PM PDT by freedom9
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To: SteveH
Women...
24 posted on 05/03/2004 3:24:15 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Good evening. I'm Sydney Biddle-Barrows, and welcome to Whore Stories!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Ugh...
25 posted on 05/03/2004 3:26:52 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Good evening. I'm Sydney Biddle-Barrows, and welcome to Whore Stories!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I'd be afraid to have sex with Nicole Bass. If she ever sneezed during intercourse, she'd squirt me across the room like a pumpkin seed.
26 posted on 05/03/2004 3:31:56 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (`,,`,,Election '04...It's going to be a bumpy ride,,`,,`)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
I'd be afraid to have sex with Nicole Bass. If she ever sneezed during intercourse, she'd squirt me across the room like a pumpkin seed.

thanks for that visual - eeeewwwwwww

27 posted on 05/04/2004 5:14:37 AM PDT by Revelation 911
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