Daily News Archive
September 15, 2005
Linked to Fertility Reduction in Women
September 15, 2005) A recent study conducted by researchers
at the Yale School of Medicine reveals that Methoxychlor
(MXC), a synthetic pesticide originally manufactured as a safer replacement
for DDT, induces abnormalities in the female reproductive system. The
insecticide MXC is found to interfere with the proper development and
function of the reproductive tract thereby reducing fertility in women.
MXC is able to mimic
the action of other hormones sometimes creating endocrine disruptors.
Some of the endocrine disruptors bind to estrogen receptors, which plays
a major role in the reproductive tract development. By altering the gene
Hoxa10, which is regulated by estrogen, MXC reduces the ability of the
uterus to support embryo implantation. The research included both mice
and human cell lines.
MXC is used to kill
a variety of bugs and is used directly on food crops, livestock, animal
feed, grain, pets and home gardens. MXC is EPA registered and can legally
be used in the United States. It is most commonly applied to a long list
of crops including apples, grapes, sweet potatoes, and cabbage.
Hugh S. Taylor, M.D., associate professor in the Division of Reproductive
Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology
& Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine and senior author
of the study, commented that, “MXC has an adverse effect on these
mice similar to that of DES, a synthetic estrogen…Female offspring
of women exposed to DES were more likely to have an abnormally shaped
cervix, were more prone to cancer of the vagina, miscarriages, early labor
and other complications.”
Write the U.S.EPA Administrator Stephen
Johnson and let the agency know that they have a duty to strictly
regulate pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables.
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