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Contraceptive pill is polluting environment: Vatican newspaper
Yahoo! News (AFP) ^ | 1/3/2009 | n/a

Posted on 01/03/2009 6:02:56 PM PST by Pyro7480

he contraceptive pill is polluting the environment and is in part responsible for male infertility, a report in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said Saturday.

The pill "has for some years had devastating effects on the environment by releasing tonnes of hormones into nature" through female urine, said Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, in the report.

"We have sufficient evidence to state that a non-negligible cause of male infertility in the West is the environmental pollution caused by the pill," he said, without elaborating further.

"We are faced with a clear anti-environmental effect which demands more explanation on the part of the manufacturers," added Castellvi.

The article was promptly dismissed by several organisations.

"Once metabolised, the hormones contained in oral contraceptives no longer have any of the characteristic effects of feminine hormones," said Gianbenedetto Melis, vice-president of a contraceptive research association, quoted by the ANSA news agency.

The hormones contained in the pill such as oestrogen "are present everywhere... in plastic, in disinfectants, in meat that we eat," added Flavia Franconi, of the Society of Italian Pharmacology....

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: contraception; contraceptives; enviromentalism; hormones; infertility; pollution; vatican
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The hormones contained in the pill such as oestrogen "are present everywhere... in plastic, in disinfectants, in meat that we eat," added Flavia Franconi, of the Society of Italian Pharmacology.

Quite true, and what she's not saying is that it's contributing to the problem.

1 posted on 01/03/2009 6:02:57 PM PST by Pyro7480
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; Salvation; american colleen; Desdemona; StAthanasiustheGreat; ..

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 01/03/2009 6:03:42 PM PST by Pyro7480 (This Papist asks everyone to continue to pray the Rosary for our country!)
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To: Pyro7480

this has got to be a joke right


3 posted on 01/03/2009 6:04:52 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: marajade

Yes, and there are measurable levels of antidepressants and other prescription medications in the nations major rivers.


4 posted on 01/03/2009 6:08:37 PM PST by ichabod1 (Reagan wouldÂ’ve fired them.)
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To: ichabod1

We have treatment plants in AZ.


5 posted on 01/03/2009 6:10:16 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: Pyro7480

pah-leze.

We get it, they don’t like birth control; just be honest about it because we don’t need the theatrics.


6 posted on 01/03/2009 6:11:33 PM PST by eclecticEel (In short, I want Obama given the same respect and deference that Democrats have given George Bush)
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To: eclecticEel

Yeah lets just ignore the science


7 posted on 01/03/2009 6:12:23 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: Pyro7480

It worked for Al Gore...


8 posted on 01/03/2009 6:13:01 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: Pyro7480

There was a group of scientists that came up with this study almost a year ago. Yes, it was posted on FR.


9 posted on 01/03/2009 6:13:14 PM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
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To: Pyro7480

It encourages sex, and sex causes heavy breathing, which increases greenhouse gases.


10 posted on 01/03/2009 6:14:07 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

and everyone of them great scholars i am sure


11 posted on 01/03/2009 6:14:59 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

The premise has been known fact for years....it’s only the damage that’s been in dispute.


12 posted on 01/03/2009 6:15:44 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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13 posted on 01/03/2009 6:22:15 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light!)
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To: Pyro7480

The real bugaboo in The Pill is progestin.

Google “progestin breast cancer.”


14 posted on 01/03/2009 6:23:12 PM PST by littlehouse36
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To: Pyro7480

Hmmm...even without The Pill humans must dump tons of hormones into the environment. And add to that animals and their urine, and it adds up to a large number!

Then there are all the insects dumping pheromones into the air, and people emit pheromones too, as do most animals.

Plants use ethylene gas as a hormone and as communications.

Life really must mess up Earth!

I’d like to read some papers on just how much BC hormone is excreted in human female urine and what it’s environmental fate is, before I decide if this is a problem.

Any of you researchers find some backup data to refute or prove this claim?


15 posted on 01/03/2009 6:24:24 PM PST by DBrow
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To: Pyro7480
Here is another story on the subject.
16 posted on 01/03/2009 6:26:31 PM PST by Greysard
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To: eclecticEel; marajade; DBrow

Hey, don’t shoot the messengers. See post #9


17 posted on 01/03/2009 6:27:36 PM PST by Pyro7480 (This Papist asks everyone to continue to pray the Rosary for our country!)
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An analytical procedure was developed that enables routine analysis of four estrogenic hormones in concentrations below 1 ng/l in surface water and waste water. The recovery was 88–98% with a limit of detection of 0.1–2.4 ng/l depending on the compound and the matrix measured. This method was used to determine the occurrence of 17β-estradiol, 17α-estradiol, estrone and 17α-ethinylestradiol in the aquatic environment in The Netherlands. The data show that estrogenic hormones can be detected at low concentrations (up to 6 ng/l) at some locations in surface water. In selected effluents of waste water treatment plants estrone and 17β-estradiol were detected in concentrations in the ng/l range. Concentrations of 17α-estradiol and the contraceptive 17α-ethinylestradiol were in most of these samples below the limit of detection. Hormone glucuronides were not detected in most surface water and effluents. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V78-3Y9RKF0-B&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=9359869a830b3072a4cac346607b05b5
18 posted on 01/03/2009 6:28:53 PM PST by DBrow
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To: eclecticEel; marajade; DBrow

Or post #16 for that matter.


19 posted on 01/03/2009 6:28:56 PM PST by Pyro7480 (This Papist asks everyone to continue to pray the Rosary for our country!)
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To: Pyro7480

True and not just birth control pills, but other drugs — all of which end up in our water and is affecting fish and other animals along with humans.


20 posted on 01/03/2009 6:33:45 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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