Is Gender-Bending Drinking Water Coming From Your Tap?
By Nurse Mark
Men: Is Your Water Turning You Into a "Girlie-Man"?
Guys, this is a subject near and dear to my, uh, heart
(and other important
Did you know that some drinking water supplies in the US can change the gender
of a fish? A US Geological Survey team reports finding a large number of male
fish with female traits. In some Potomac River tributaries, nearly all the male
small-mouth bass caught in the survey were abnormal. In the Potomac River
itself, 7 out of 13 male largemouth bass had female characteristics. Some of
them were even producing eggs!
Gender-bending fish might not sound like a big deal to you, but this actually
affects your health far more than you might imagine. The reason so many of these
male fish are "turning female" is that they are exposed to environmental toxins
in the water --- toxins that resemble human estrogens. We call these toxins
"estrogen mimickers," and these estrogen look-a-likes have profound effects on
Estrogens in Men
All men have a small amount of the "female" hormone estrogen. That's normal and
we need a little bit to keep all our parts running right. But when estrogen
levels become elevated because of an outside source --- like drinking water---
serious health changes can result. Estrogen mimickers cause high estrogen and
low testosterone levels in men.
This altered estrogen/testosterone ratio causes the onset of feminine features.
Once muscular “pecs” (chest muscles) turn into soft, female-like "breasts buds."
A “spare tire” forms around the middle and the risk of prostate cancer goes
sky-high. The high estrogen-to-testosterone ratio wreaks havoc with libido and
sexual function and often results in a lack of energy. If all that isn't bad
enough, these sex hormone changes can cause feelings of hopelessness and
depression. They can even elevate cardiac risk factors in men.
You Can Run, But You Can't Hide
Estrogen mimickers can show up in drinking water from agricultural runoff (many
pesticides and herbicides are estrogen look-alikes), but here's the real kicker.
Chlorine --- the stuff used to purify all municipal water supplies --- is highly
toxic and forms estrogen-mimicking organochlorides when it binds with organic
matter. This means that unless you are drinking tested pure well or spring
water, you are likely consuming estrogen-like compounds in your drinking water.
If you think buying bottled water is safer, I have bad news for you. Bottled
water is no better than tap water, and may even be worse, on two counts:
First, the FDA standards for bottled water are much lower than they are for
municipally-delivered tap water. Much of what you buy as "purified drinking
water" is nothing more than tap water that has been "purified." More than 25
percent of bottled water is actually tap water from municipal water supplies,
and another 30 percent of bottled water has chemical and bacterial contamination
above the levels considered safe by state and industry regulations.
Second, bottled water "lives" in plastic bottles. The bottles themselves can
leach chemicals that are "estrogen mimickers." Now do you see why bottled water
isn't a good "alternative choice"?
Your Best Bet for Safe Drinking Water
Your best bet for safe, clean drinking water is install an under-sink purifier.
The reverse-osmosis type is very reliable. If you don’t want to invest the money
to do that, a simple pitcher with a charcoal filter is better than most bottled
And don't forget your shower-water! When you're hot (and your pores are
wide-open), you can absorb toxins from the water. Shower-head filters are
inexpensive and reliable.
A Good Water Filter is a Cheap Investment in Your Health
A reliable, highly-effective under-sink water filter is an excellent health
investment, especially when you consider how important water is to health. The
human body is about 60% water. That means we can have 60% of our total body
weight contaminated with estrogen-mimicking toxins if we drink lousy water. (And
NO, beer, coffee and other beverages are not "safer"! Beer in particular can
turn you into a "girlie man," because it is made with hops, an estrogenic herb.
The highest-rated water filters cost about the same as the cheap junk.
Aquasana Water Purifiers
makes some of the highest-rated filters at the best prices.
Bottom Line? "Just say no" to becoming a "girlie-man" and start drinking and
bathing in estrogen-free water!
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