Dr. Patterson Stark
Dr. Patterson Stark


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The toxic environment

Clean up your home, your air, and your food; you will feel better and live longer.

Let us begin with a look at the effects of our modern environment us, on our health, and what recent science has taught us about our bodies' responses. The first known accounts and documentation of how manmade chemicals affected us were done in the latter part of the eighteenth century. By observing the toxic effects of chemicals, a scientific model was developed for the safety of the general population. This model viewed chemicals as poisons. It suggested that if over a certain amount was used (amount specific to each chemical), death would ensue. Burns and blindness from arsenic were utilized to set "safe" levels. The potential long-term toxic effects on the reproductive system were never considered.

It is now understood that man made chemicals, including compounds from plastics, garden pesticide sprays and germ warfare disrupt the body's delicate hormonal balance. This effect can be most pronounced upon the process of fetal sexual development. It can also affect immune system function, adult and childhood behavior, and intelligence.

What I have seen in twenty years of clinical practice is a multitude of hormonal signs and symptoms. Hormones control everything in the mammal's body. They are responsible for cell-to-cell communication, balancing blood sugar, and controlling the let down reflex of a nursing mother. About eighty- percent of man made chemicals have the ability to mimic the hormone, estrogen. Normally, estrogen is broken down and recycled in the body in about three days in both males and females. However, the man made chemicals cannot be broken down for about twenty-five years! They continue to accumulate in our bodies. Their abnormal hormonal effects can be pronounced, especially upon the developing fetus. The pivotal time in development is at five to seven weeks gestational age.

Overall, public focus has been on chemical toxicity and its carcinogenic potential. But why has the effect on the developing fetus gone greatly unnoticed? According to research, the following has been stated: " The real issue is the special sensitivity of the developing organism; developing hormone receptors are not as discriminating as adult receptors, therefore greater travesty".

We now understand how man made chemicals affect the human body. We realize that the toxic chemical model is no longer complete without taking into consideration the potentially disastrous effects upon the fetus. Laws and awareness are slow to change. You must take precautions to protect yourself and your unborn children. You cannot assume public health laws will protect you.

At first glance, we can say the toxic model is just fine. The chemical worker may have no "apparent" health problems after spraying chemicals for ten years. However, his children can have the effects listed above without any outward signs or symptoms because they are hormonal in basis. The developing fetus receives the most pronounced effects of chemicals on its biological functions, more than the adult does. When exposed to minute amounts of toxins the fetal genetic code has difficulty in expression of its destiny. The genetic code is perfect and the child physically looks fine. Yet, due to the jamming effect of estrogen mimicking compounds, the blue prints are not followed effectively; development is not completed, as it should be. To use an analogy: two identical twins, separated at birth "express" their genetic code differently when one is malnourished. Twenty years later, one is six inches shorter than the other. "Expression" of the identical genetic code is incomplete. This is what occurs when the fetus is exposed to estrogen mimicking compounds.

The hormonal system searches for a solution to the immediate environmental problem. Hormonal imbalances are the stressors, which change genetic codes after generations of insult. They are the first step in evolutionary change. The hormonal system is very delicate and when you affect one hormone, you will have an unknown effect on all. "All" in this case refers to every cell in the body.

The signs and symptoms of prenatal exposure to estrogen mimicking compounds are as follows:

Sexual organ malformation is usually minor and undetected until death or fertility issues arise as an adult. U.S. television in July 98 aired a Special on the alarming number of intersex births, children who have both male and female sexual organs in some combination. This is a direct effect of the estrogen mimicking by man made compounds. Defects increase dramatically in the second and third generations as chemical levels accumulate.