Even if it may sound strange to many of our readers, according to a new study produced by the University of Exeter, the chemicals found in flushed contraceptives are turning fish transgender. Or, as Alex Jones used to say back in the day, the chemicals in the water (like BPA) are turning the frogs gay. Now, even if Infowars’ Alex Jones is just a humble water filter salesman (I am only kidding), it seems that he was 100% right.
The aforementioned study suggests that one fifth or 20% of male fish are now transgender, whatever that means. The scientists from the British university surveyed male river fish who were significantly affected by the active ingredients commonly found in plastics (BPAs), cleaning agents, cosmetics and yes, contraceptives. The transgender fish suffer from reduced sperm quality and the displaying of (over 50) feminine traits (no kidding), i.e. some male fish are now even producing eggs. Also, they display less competitive behavior and they’re less aggressive, which seems to be the case with the Western male too by the way, who is becoming increasingly feminized according to various studies.
And the same western male is suffering from a drop in testosterone levels, which may very well be a consequence of the same chemicals in which we’re “bathing” daily: cosmetics, plastics, anti-depressants and so on and so forth. Just like with the fish, the BPA may be turning men…you know, transgender. Or metrosexual. Or gay. Or all of the above.
Getting back to our fishes, let’s quote one of the scientists behind the study, University of Exeter professor Charles Tyler:
We are showing that some of these chemicals can have much wider health effects on fish that we expected. Using specially created transgenic fish that allow us to see responses to these chemicals in the bodies of fish in real time, for example, we have shown that estrogens found in some plastics affect the valves in the heart.
Other research has shown that many other chemicals that are discharged through sewage treatment works can affect fish, including antidepressant drugs that reduce the natural shyness of some fish species, including the way they react to predators,” Professor Tyler said.