Are Plastic Bottles Causing Low Testosterone in Men and Women?

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Plastic water bottles have been linked to low testosterone in males and low libido in both sexes? Today everyone has heard about low testosterone that is in epidemic proportions. This has made an explosive market for prescribed testosterone.

Research shows we have ten thousand times the level of phthalates we did just a decade ago. We are all being poisoned.  We get phthalates from many sources, including plastic water bottles.  Studies show using a very accurate method of measuring phthalates that are decreasing blood testosterone in both sexes and at all ages.

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We need to understand that environmental exposures and accumulations are not just lead, mercury, other heavy metals and the halides, but we are getting poisoned with endocrine disruptors in air, food and water.  The worst place is most likely in the womb.  It is stated that mothers are downloading their toxins into the baby from conception clear up to delivery. If nursing, the toxins are disseminated in the breast milk.  If the baby is on formula, who knows all of the toxins that are being given to babies?

The research shows that just detoxification of lead alone requires 15 years minimum.  Harvard University has proven that bone lead levels are more predictive of dis-ease and death than anything else we can measure.

Unfortunately they also state bone lead is not related to blood lead levels. Getting the blood lead levels down is always useful but that does not mean there will be any lasting benefit.  The bone will excrete lead and blood levels will rise again.  Gary Gordon DO, MD, MD(H), states even after 100 IV chelation treatments, the blood will look better for a time and then will increase again because the bone lead has not been depleted (removed).  He states, “The truth is, once you stop chelating you soon are back to square one, even without going back to welding or painting the patient is sick again.”

It is a constant vigil to detoxify and minimize exposure to inorganic toxins like heavy metals and accumulations of toxic halides etc.  We have a whole new and severe problem with dioxins, PBDE, PCB, Bisphenyl A and Phthalates.  We have not had time enough to know all of the long term consequences but it is not a happy ending.  Nutritional Detox, Foot Baths, Oral Chelation are all important and will need to become an everyday part of our lives to survive.  Now we have added GMO foods or should I say non-foods.
As stated in the title, present research is linking phthalates and low testosterone. Organic toxins are also carcinogens and neurotoxins.  Yet, the public does not have the facts and testing for these toxins is usually not covered by insurance.  The tests are expensive, so most people settle for getting some treatment with hormones, which can be a contributor to their overall problem.

Dr Gordon feels we are to the point we need to raise food in our own COOP or individual based wellness gardens. Even then, we will still need to consume daily substances that can help neutralize the adverse effects of the toxins already present in our body and to combat the constant environmental exposure.  Mount, Sinai in NYC has the kind of testing necessary to know just some of our accumulated toxins at the cost $4900.


“Nancy A. Melville

August 19, 2014

Increased urinary levels of endocrine-disrupting phthalates, found in flexible plastic and some personal-care products are associated with significant declines in testosterone levels not just in men, but in women and children as well, according to research published online August 14 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

“We found associations between markers of phthalate exposure and testosterone levels among multiple age groups and in both sexes, including children – 6- to 12-year-old boys and girls, and girls ages 12 to 20,” lead author John D. Meeker, ScD, CIH, told Medscape Medical News.

The findings add to mounting evidence on reproductive risks linked to exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemicals; however, many questions have remained regarding which chemicals are disruptive and who is most at risk. Dr. Meeker admits that while their findings expand the body of research in this field, the clinical implications remain unclear.

Asked to comment, Andrea C. Gore, PhD, the Gustavus & Louise Pfeiffer Professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Texas at Austin, said this new work “really has taken the research up a step in terms of drawing stronger conclusions.” This is primarily because of the study’s relatively large sample size and its use of a more accurate methodology than is typically used, she told Medscape Medical News.

First Work in a Large and General Population

While previous studies have identified phthalates, particularly di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), to be antiandrogenic in rats and associated with decreased testosterone levels, most studies looking at their effect on testosterone have been small or involved unique subpopulations.

In seeking to investigate the relationship in a larger, more general population, Dr. Meeker and colleagues evaluated new data on 13 urinary phthalate metabolites and serum testosterone levels in 2208 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in 2011-2012.

The study is nevertheless highly valuable in improving the understanding of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, said Dr. Gore.

“Most research on the effects of endocrine-disruptive chemicals on humans have relied on other types of hormone measures, and there have not been many that have measured it the way they did here, with isotope dilution-liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry,” she told Medscape Medical News.

The more accurate assessment is critical because some hormone assays either grossly under- or overestimate hormone levels, especially when looking at the kinds of very low levels that are typical seen in women, Dr. Gore explained.

“Because of the low levels, if you don’t use a very sensitive and well-validated method for measuring the hormones, you will really not get reliable data.”

As reported by Medscape Medical News, the Endocrine Society published recommendations in 2012 to better define and improve screening of endocrine disruptors, and the UN’s Environment Programme and the World Health Organization followed suit with a global assessment of the chemicals

The authors and Dr. Gore have reported no relevant financial relationships.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. Published online August 14, 2014″

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