Dioxin pollution leads to more baby girls: study
By Jonathan Spicer
Thu Oct 18, 2007
More girls than boys are born in some Canadian communities because airborne pollutants called dioxins can alter normal sex ratios, even if the source of the pollution is many kilometers away, researchers say.Dioxin exposure has been shown elsewhere to lead to both higher cancer rates and the birth of more females.
Researchers at the IntrAmericas Centre for Environment and Health say their findings, released this month, confirm the phenomenon in Canada.The study also reveals the health risks of living within 25 km (15.5 miles) of sources of pollution -- a greater distance than previously thought, they said.Normally, 51 percent of births are boys and 49 percent are girls.
But the ratio was reversed -- with as few as 46 males born for every 54 females -- in Canadian cities and towns where parents were exposed to pollutants from sources such as oil refineries, paper mills and metal smelters, according to the study."If you find an inverted sex ratio, and want to know what causes it, look for sources of dioxin," said James Argo, a medical geographer who headed the study, which was published in a journal of the American Chemical Society."In every one of those cities where those industries are found ... there was a higher probability of female births to male births," Argo said in an interview.
Using birth data and an inventory of pollution sources, the study also concluded that early exposure to dioxins -- even at 25 km away from the source -- increased the risk of cancer later in life in a group of 20,000 people surveyed during the 1990s.Previous studies that linked dioxins with cancer and a gender imbalance focused on smaller distances, usually about 5 km, Argo said. Dioxins are toxic chemicals found in very small amounts in the air, water, soil and some foods.
The large-scale burning of municipal and medical waste is the primary source of dioxins in Canada, but they are also created by fuel and wood burning, electrical power generation, and in the production of iron and steel.Since more females were born in the 90 communities studied, more breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancers were observed among them than other forms of cancer, Argo said.
Straight talk from Hort
This problem has been known for years. I first learned about it several years ago from a doctor who was involved in a study in the south of France. They noticed that in most of the wine growing areas in the south of France, female children were being born with horrendous malformations while there was a total absence of any male births. They had come to the conclusion that this was due to the enormous amounts of chemicals that were being used in that area. They were also studying the problem in Martinique and Guadeloupe because they noticed that Martiniquan men who worked in the banana industry which used abundant amounts of chemicals suffered from very high rates of prostrate cancer. A few weeks ago the French government finally admitted that those two islands are completely contaminated and their people suffer from very high cancer rates when compared to the rest of the French population. I am sure that all the Caribbean islands must be suffering from the same problem since most of them export bananas and use chemicals in their agriculture.
As a result of this low birth rate among white males in Europe, stringent immigration laws have been introduced to control the flow of African males coming into Europe. This is why immigration has become the number one problem in Europe today. European leaders are afraid that the white race will become extinct if white females are allowed to have babies with black males from Africa, so everything is being done to scale back the number of black men in Europe. Now you can understand where the roots of the present immigration debate really stems from.
The West has been trying to encourage African countries to use more chemicals because they know the consequences; It is an excellent method of birth control. That is why African countries must resist all pressure from the west to increase chemical use in their agriculture. Africa needs to return to its traditional method of farming rather than use more chemicals.