I can hardly keep up with the warnings in the news these days. I can’t pass this one up, because it is about one of my favorite scary words to say: phthalates. Ooooh, say it again. Phthalates. That sounds even worse than napthalene, doesn’t it?
Recent research, soon to be published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, shows significant feminization of boys born to mothers with high levels of four types of phthalates in their blood. Phthalates are used in so many pliable plastic products, from toys to medical tubing, that it is difficult to determine what the primary points of exposure are. But, this research convinces me that something more needs to be done.
Check out these conclusions:
“Tests showed that women with higher levels of four different phthalates were more likely to have baby boys with a range of conditions, from smaller penises and undescended testicles to a shorter perineum, the distance between the genitals and the anus. The differences, say the authors, indicate a feminisation of the boys similar to that seen in animals exposed to the chemicals.”
Animals studies have also showed more pervasive changes, affecting behavior and learning.
I hope more research is done, and not just because of the penis size issue.