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PCBs

Industrial chemical carcinogens, such as PCBs, have been concentrating up the food chain for years and building up in animal fat. Many were banned in 1979 and fortunately have since been in decline in terms of daily intake levels. But one dietary source still remains a threat: fish and fish oil (see also here, here, here, here). Eggs may also be highly contaminated. Some PBCs act as xenoestrogens; they can have estrogenic effects and may adversely affect male sperm counts and may even be responsible for early onset puberty.

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Watch videos about PCBs

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    Until the twentieth century, the average age of puberty for girls was 16 or 17 years old.
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    Endocrine disrupting xenoestrogens in fish may be interfering with male fertility.
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    A way to detoxify one's body of industrial pollutants found in the food supply.
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