The wastewater is then treated for bacteria and other pathogens, but not for birth control hormones. Our municipal wastewater is also not treated for the many other chemicals and drugs people are taking in the aging, hedonistic, and drug-obsessed culture of the West (cocaine, nicotine, heroin, anti-depressants, pain-killers, caffeine, antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, sunscreens, detergents, etc.).
Women who take birth control hormones have increased risk of breast cancer, abortion (or miscarriage), and infertility. Men who take birth control hormones become effeminate and have an increased risk of infertility (low sperm count). The humanists are oh, so, concerned about the androgyny increasingly found in male fish because of this problem---but, honey, it ain't just the fish (and frogs and river otters).
Human males are taking on feminine characteristics, too. It is a spiritual, moral problem, but it has a physical manifestation.
Oh, the poetic justice of God's judgment. Sometimes, God really doesn't have to do anything to us; just leave us alone. We'll dig our own pit.
(Although it shouldn't amaze me, it always amazes me that, to the environmentalist humanists, it's just fine for men to be inadvertently feminized and sterilized, but if fish are inadvertently feminized and sterilized, now we have a real problem. How topsy-turvy.)
The problem is NOT a lack of "consciousness" and education about the environment. The problem is a MORAL problem. For "There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man."
We do not love children as God says we should, we do not love our husbands as God says we should, we are not meek as God says we should be. We aren't helping our husbands take a stewardship dominion over the earth (including fish) as God says we should be doing. Rather, we want to play God with the womb, with our health, and with future generations.
At the root, this wish to play God is a really a wish to replace God and put ourselves on the throne, in sinful rebellion. "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
But God is sovereign; there is no way anyone, not one person, is going to get away with that. Either one will believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and have his heart changed; or he will continue in sin and rebellion and be consigned to hell for eternity. I urge you to believe in, repent of your sin and put your trust in, the Lord Jesus Christ, for "whosoever believeth in Him [shall] not perish, but have eternal life."
If this is the first time you've heard of this problem, you may be interested in reading one or more of the following articles (and you can find many more online; this is a small sampling):
"Birth control pills spark an environmental debate" (Columbia Univ, Feb. 2008)
"Thousands of chemical traces found in drinking water" (New York Times, Apr. 2007)
"Pharamceuticals in our water supplies" (Univ. of Arizona, Jul. 2000)
"Is birth control aborting our health?" (The Daily Green, Jun. 2009)
"Health impacts of estrogens on the environment, considering complex mixture effects" (Environmental Health News, 2007, a more scholarly synopsis of a study done on minnows)
"Birth control hormones threaten fish fecundity" (ScienceAGoGo, Apr. 2010) - Here's an interesting quote:
"Writing in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, researchers from Sweden say that traces of many medicines can be found in fish that have been swimming in treated waste water. One such medicine, the hormone levonorgestrel, was found in higher concentrations in fish than in women who take the contraceptive pill. Elevated levels of levonorgestrel can lead to infertility in fish. Levonorgestrel is a synthetic hormone that is used in many contraceptive pills, hormone implants and morning-after pills. It is thought that around 80-90 million women use contraceptive pills worldwide.""Birth-control pills poison everyone?" (World Net Daily, Jul. 2007)
What can we do? I highly recommend at least filtering the tap water that you use for cooking and drinking.
To quote from "Is birth control aborting our health? " above:
"With such contaminants proving elusive to municipal filtration systems, the burden of protection often lies with the end user. But getting traces of birth control and other drugs out of your tap water isn’t so easy. Of the many different kinds of in-home water filtration systems available today, only those employing reverse osmosis have been shown to filter out some drugs. Some makers of activated carbon water filters claim their products catch pharmaceuticals, but independent research has not verified such claims.
“The best choice,” says Cathy Sherman of the natural health website Natural News, “would probably be a combination of a reverse osmosis filter augmented by pre- and post-activated carbon filters.” Installing such a system just for drinking water is sufficient, she says, given that water used for cleaning and plumbing doesn’t typically get ingested. As to prevention, the non-profit public health and safety agency, NSF International, urges individuals to not use their toilets or sinks to dispose of unused medications and to opt for the garbage instead; most modern landfills are lined to keep such contaminants inside."
And only drink rBST-free milk. Don't get me started.
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