Phthalate warning: Medications contain chemicals that "feminize" unborn baby boys
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 by: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) In a bombshell finding that has far-reaching implications for society and culture, scientists at the University of Rochester have found that phthalates -- the chemical found in many vinyl and plastic products -- tends to "feminize" boys, altering their brains to express more feminine characteristics. The study has been published in the Journal of Andrology.
Phthalates are found in vinyl products (including vinyl flooring), PVC shower curtains, plastic furniture and even in the plastic coating of the insides of dishwashing machines.
The feminization process happens during pregnancy when phthalate exposure causes hormone disruptions in the unborn baby. This chemical feminizes males by disrupting the action of the hormone testosterone.
In this recent study, researchers found a strong correlation between the types of toys that male children play with and the level of phthalates found in their mothers when they were pregnant. Researchers discovered that boys exposed to high levels of phthalates in the womb tend to avoid playing with cars, trains or toy guns. They also avoided rough play, instead preferring more feminine toys and activities. (Barbie?)
Phthalates used in pharmaceutical coatings
What very few people know about phthalates is that they are used in the coatings of pharmaceuticals to create "enteric" coatings. This means that many people taking certain pharmaceuticals are unknowingly eating phthalates. If expectant mothers take such pharmaceuticals during pregnancy, they may then feminize their unborn male babies.
How do we know phthalates are used in pharmaceuticals? This Google Books link (http://books.google.com/books?id=e7...) shows a page from the Handbook of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Formulations: Over-the-counter products. In it, a recipe is given for manufacturing a clear enteric coating. The ingredients are:
Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose Phthalate
This combination of highly toxic chemicals is cooked, stirred and then used to coat pharmaceutical pills that people actually swallow!
Here's a patent that describes the process in more detail:
Phthalates in antidepressant SSRI drugs
These phthalate chemicals are also used in antidepressant drugs. Here's a patent that describes the process: "Controlled Release Compositions of an Antidepressant Agent" http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/200...
As the patent explains:
"...the enteric coating polymer is selected from the group consisting of cellulose acetate phthalate, polyvinyl acetate phthalate, methacrylicacid copolymer, cellulose acetate trimellitate, shellac, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose phthalate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate and combination thereof."