Altering Eden by Deborah Cadbury
The Feminization of Nature

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Have we traded our future for the products of modern life?

Scientists around the world are finding alarming changes in human reproduction and health. There is strong evidence that sperm counts have fallen dramatically. Testicular, prostate and breast cancer are on the rise. Different animal species are even showing signs of "feminization" or "changing sex," the males actually producing eggs like females. According to scientific evidence compiled worldwide, the prime suspect in these worrying findings is the increased exposure to chemicals that can mimic the female hormone estrogen and other hormones.

Indeed, man-made chemicals like DDT, PCB and other "hormone disrupters" have become soaked into our environment from their use in countless modern products, from plastics to pesticides. Only now is the full impact of their extensive use coming to light. Believed responsible for genital abnormalities and cancers across a wide range of species, these hormone-disrupting chemicals may pose a threat not only to our human potential, but to our very survival.

Through extensive interviews with fertility experts and scientists worldwide as well as members of the chemical industry, Cadbury provides a balanced, cogent argument that propels us toward a disturbing conclusion with compelling logic.

In the spirit of Rachel Carson's groundbreaking work Silent Spring, Cadbury's well-researched, even-handed analysis of these findings is a startling wake-up call to the far-reaching consequences of widespread environmental pollution.


About Deborah Cadbury

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Deborah Cadbury is an award-winning TV science producer for the BBC. She is also the author of "The Feminization of Nature". She lives in London.
Published October 12, 1999 by St. Martin's Press. 304 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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