This they came about accidentally when an estrogenic effect was caused to a
human breast tissue culture due to leaching from a petri-dish. It caused the
cells to multiply. This occurred, despite the scientists having NOT added
estrogen to the culture.
After requesting data unsuccessfully regarding changes from the manufacturing
company, the scientists acquired services to do reverse engineering on the
petri dishes, to discovered the which compound was potentially causing the
estrogenic response. It was about this time, that they learned of
nonylphenols. And, a short time later, the manufacturer confessed that the
formula had been changed in the dishes, but the information was not shared on
All this was covered in the book, co-authored by Theo Colborn, PhD, which
documented the story behind the accidental discovery by Sonnenchein and Anna
Soto, Ph.D. Dr. Colborn's book, which will, no doubt, receive criticism by
industry flaks on this list, is titled OUR STOLEN FUTURE (1996) and is written
as a scientific mystery, but contains citations to thousands of scientific
Studies of which some are published in Environmental Health Perspectives and
other respectable journals.
We must be careful not to put words into press releases and studies that are
not actually present.
> I am not endorsing hormones in beef, but when a scientist says
> >"There is no other reason to explain it," Sonnenschein said in an
> >interview Friday.
> I get a little nervous. Yes, the problems the scientist identifies are
> real. And do we really want all these tasty hormones in our burgers? Of
> course not. But if there is no other way to explain why women get breast
> cancer than hormones in beef, how do you explain Linda McCartney's recent
> death from breast cancer? She was a vegetarian for decades.
> I think scienctist can have a lot to offer in these debates. But it is
> very easy for advocates on both sides of the issues to find -- and often
> pay -- scientists to say what supports their position. It would be better
> in the long run to develop a risk analysis than say you must do x or never
> do y to avoid the big C. It is more credible to the public (who are
> growing skeptical of scientists that say "never eat eggs" and then later
> say "eat eggs") and probably more reflective of the reality that there are
> a lot of things out there causing illness. Some are what we choose to put
> in our mouths, but some are what we breath or drink that are there because
> of our industrial society.
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