This is from many scientific studies and this is a manuscript from a scientific summit. This has nothing to do with religion
Many compounds introduced into the environment by human activity are capable of disrupting the endocrine system of animals, including fish, wildlife, and humans. The consequences of such disruption can be profound because of the crucial role hormones play in controlling development. Because of the increasing and pervasive contamination of the environment by compounds capable of such activity, a multidisciplinary group of experts gathered in retreat at Wingspread, Racine, Wisconsin, 26-28 July 1991 to assess what is known about the issue. Participants included experts in the fields of anthropology, ecology, comparative endocrinology, histopathology, immunology, mammalogy, medicine, law, psychiatry, psychoneuroendocrinology, reproductive physiology, toxicology, wildlife management, tumor biology, and zoology.
The purposes of the meeting were:
1.to integrate and evaluate fmdings from the diverse research disciplines concerning the magnitude of the problem of endocrine disruptors in the environment;
2.to identify the conclusions that can be drawn with confidence from existing data; and
3.to establish a research agenda that would clarify uncertainties remaining in the field.
The following consensus was reached by participants at the workshop. 1. We are certain of the following:
A large number of man-made chemicals that have been released into the environment, as well as a few natural ones, have the potential to disrupt the endocrine system of animals, including humans. Among these are the persistent, bioaccumulative, organohalogen compounds that include some pesticides (fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides) and industrial chemicals, other synthetic products, and some metals.'
Many wildlife populations are already affected by these compounds.
The impacts include thyroid dysfunction in birds and fish; decreased
fertility in birds, fish, shellfish, and mammals; decreased hatching
success in birds, fish, and turtles; gross birth deformities in birds,
fish, and turtles; metabolic abnormalities in birds, fish, and
mammals; behavioral abnormalities in birds; demasculinization and
feminization of male fish, birds and mammals; defeminization and
masculinization of female fish and birds; and compromised immune
systems in birds and mammals.
The patterns of effects vary among species and among compounds.
Four general points can nonetheless be made: (1) the chemicals of
concern may have entirely different effects on the embryo, fetus, or
prenatal organism than on the adult; (2) the effects are most often
manifested in offspring, not in the exposed parent; (3) the timing
of exposure in the developing organism is crucial in determining
its character and future potential; and (4) although critical exposure
occurs during embryonic development, obvious manifestations may
not occur until maturity.
Laboratory studies corroborate the abnormal sexual development
observed in the field and provide biological mechanisms to explain
the observations in wildlife.
Humans have been affected by compounds of this nature, too. The
effects of DES (diethylstilbestrol), a synthetic therapeutic agent,
like many of the compounds mentioned above, are estrogenic.
Daughters born to mothers who took DES now suffer increased
rates of vaginal clear cell adenocarcinoma, various genital tract
abnormalities, abnormal pregnancies, and some changes in immune
responses. Both sons and daughters exposed in uterus experience
congenital anomalies of their reproductive system and reduced
""""""""The effects seen in uterus DES-exposed humans parallel
those found in contaminated wildlife and laboratory animals,
suggesting that humans may be at risk to the same environmental
hazards as wildlife."""""""""""
2. We estimate with confidence that:
Some of the developmental impairments reported in humans today
are seen in adult offspring of parents exposed to synthetic hormone
other furans, cadmium, lead, mercury. tributyltin and other organo-tin
alkyl phenols (non-biodegradable detergents and anti-oxidants present in
modified polystyrene and PVCs), styrene dimmers and trimmers, soy products. and laboratory animal and pet food products.
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The study is not saying that homosexuality never existed before in its natural state, but rather that it has been more widely manifested through these pollutants. The article doesn't deal only with sexuality, but with an array of sexual issues in human populations.
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Also this deals with all animals including humans