by Taetske | 11:22 am
(Last Updated On: September 28, 2018)


Turn a male frog into a female frog using Atrazine


I find this a worrying thing as it meddles with nature in a huge way. Already in the early 2000’s in Hayes’s studies, it was shown that Atrazine disrupts sexual development in amphibians. After all, frogs form part of natures food chain. Now imagine that a frog is eaten by a snake or a big bird. That means the Atrazine will get into their system also. Slowly but surely it will spread through different species.


frog eggs in water

Frog eggs in water


The dangers of Atrazine

Atrazine is a pesticide manufactured by agrochemical giant Syngenta.  When you open their website, oh how sweet, you will see a butterfly on a flower with the announcement: Let’s increase our food supply without reducing theirs. Hello? what is this nonsense? Everybody should know by now that bees, butterflies, and insects, in general, are in rapid decline worldwide. Insects are in decline especially in those countries where crops are sprayed with pesticides. Atrazine can cause breast cancer, prostate inflammation and puberty delay in animals. When one reads that, one should always ask the question, what about humans?

Normally what is bad for animals is neither good for humans. Sometimes scientific studies are kind of slow in showing that but I think if you know a product is bad for animals it is better to stay safe and not use and/or eat it. An article in the New York Times came out with some disturbing news.


Check your drinking water

No need to ask if this pesticide will be good for us. It will have serious health indications. We already have it in drinking water.  It is one of the most-detected crop chemicals in our water and with data from 2015, already 30 million Americans have Atrazine in their drinking water. If you suspect you have Atrazine and or other harmful herbicides in your tap water, you should consider a carbon filter to remove it. You can also have a look at the EWG’s Water Filter Guide.

Atrazine is the second most used herbicide in the U.S., so you do not need to ask the question if it may harm your health.  The answer is clear! When you know that 70 million pounds are sprayed yearly on crops, one knows it ends up in the foods we eat. That means we are slowly but surely poisoning ourselves on a daily basis.


clean drinking water in your glass?

Clean drinking water in your glass?


Is this herbicide allowed in Europe?

Atrazine is banned in Europe. This happened in March of 2003, that is at least what the people think. I have found out that this is not true. Have a look at the following report. Even if in this case Atrazine is still used in Europe there are other cases of harmful things that have been prohibited in Europe but still are allowed in the United States.  It is not a nice thought but are U.S. citizens less protected and taken care of than the citizens in Europe?


Genetically modified is no good

GMO for example. Up until the 1990’s, the regulation in Europe was less strict than in the United States. Over the years a shift was observed and by 2015 Germany, Poland, France, Scotland and several other countries stopped cultivating GMO crops.


spraying of the fields

Spraying of the fields

Monsanto’s famous creation

Roundup is another good example where countries do not or only partially agree to have each their own calendar. My personal experience is more than bad so I banned it from use on my property in 1981. After spraying the cobblestones on my patio, the fish in the pond started dying when, 3 weeks later, we were sweeping the dried up weeds.


An unhealthy substitute for cigarettes

The fact that e-cigarettes were sold to children in the U.S. when in Europe you had to be an adult to be able to buy it. Luckily the FDA stepped in and on Aug. 8th of 2016 put a ban on the sale of e.-cigarettes to minors. Many countries worldwide now ban the sale of e-cigarettes like Brasil, and Uruguay. It is known already that these type of cigarettes might even be worse than smoking normal cigarettes. Even if there is a smoking ban on cigarettes, restaurants, and bars allow the use of e-cigarettes. That is probably the reason why the sales of these e-cigarettes are on the rise.

There is a big difference between the U.S. and Europe, in products known all over the world. Take for example the famous  McDonalds fries.  The recipe and the way these fries are prepared differs a lot from Europe compared to the U.S. Personally, I find it more than strange that in the U.S. foods are for sale when the ingredients are known to be harmful. It really makes one think, what are we, guinea pigs?





As an afterthought

We live in the 21st century where a lot of things have improved compared to the past. There is a better schooling system. Housing and transport have also improved. With the scientific advances made last century one would assume health is also getting better. Just by looking around, this idea is often contradicted.

Strangely enough with all the science available, instead of protecting the people, it seems that money outscores public health. Nowadays it is more and more difficult to know what is in your food. Often we are misinformed, and misleading advertisement kind of brainwashes us. Children are showing symptoms of obesity and diabetes at an early age. The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat are not clean anymore and therefore are not apt for human consumption, or should be considered harmful to our health. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Do not take for granted all you read, hear, or see, do your own investigation, your health will thank you.


Source: Olga Naidenko Ph.D. Senior Science Advisor for Children’s Environmental health and Wikipedia and EWG.

Photo Source: Pixabay


Perhaps you like to read my private story on Roundup.

Alert, What Monsanto Will Not Tell You




I have to say that this article contains some very alarming information. We have been messing around with Mother Nature for too long and unfortunately we are now paying the price. I am really careful not to drink unfiltered tap water anywhere since I’d heard some of these facts before reading this article. Do you think that bottled water such as Poland Spring is safe or does the possibility of phthalates pose too great a risk? Also you mention that e-cigarettes are sold to children in the US. It’s my understanding that no one can purchase e-cigarettes under the age of 18.

Sep 28.2018 | 06:26 pm


Good evening Lynn,

Thank you for visiting my website and leaving your comment.
You are right, the U.S. has updated the laws on e-cigarettes. In the U.S and the UK, it is legal to sell them to adults. On Aug. 8th, 2016 The FDA put a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. One of the few good things the FDA has done.
There are many countries which ban these type of cigarettes completely like Brasil, Uruguay to name a few. In Canada it is illegal. In Europe, you have to be over 18 to be able to buy it. It seems that slowly but surely countries worldwide, at least in this aspect. are equalizing the laws.
Thank you for pointing this out I will adjust my post.

This report does not mention Poland Spring but I think it still gives a good idea what is happening in the “water” world.
I do not know if you think this answers your question if Poland Spring contains phthalates but it is quite a read.

Phthalates or plastic is present everywhere in our modern life. It can be found also in the foods we eat. I find that really worrisome and wrote the following post on it.
Regards, Taetske

Sep 28.2018 | 07:37 pm


I never head of the word Atrazine before. It seems like a toxic material. Turning a male frog into female? That’s sounds like magic. Why does Atrazine used in Americans water? In my country only has chlorine. Today’s modern world is full of toxic stuff. So how to get rid of it? Just by boiling the water can remove it?

Oct 15.2018 | 11:30 am


    Good afternoon Kit,

    Atrazine is not put in water on purpose, it gets in there because of our stupid actions using all these pesticides.

    Boiling water does not remove chemicals or minerals, it only kills bacteria.

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 15.2018 | 01:50 pm


Unfortunately it sounds like Atrazine may be similar to many other chemicals and items that are working their way slowly up the food chain. I recently read that plastics are having the same negative impact, even when broken down.

There is a new theory that plastic molecules left over after being consumed/digested are slowly causing huge negative effects on anything consuming them, especially larger creatures like killer whales that end up eating all the build up from consuming creatures lower in the food chain.

To be clear, I see you recommend a carbon filter. Is this necessary even if you’re getting city water from a major city like New York or Chicago? Or would the sanitation systems already be removing it?

Oct 15.2018 | 11:33 am


    Good afternoon Graig,

    Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment. It is awful our modern times has such a negative impact on Flora and Fauna. It is us who produce the plastic and pollute the oceans. The ice around Greenland which freezes and melts depending on the season nowadays releases a lot of microplastics. The ancient ice does not boast of this ingredient, that is sure.

    You are right in stating that plastics which are broken down by nature are still making their way into the food chain. Organisms that consume this substance are ingesting chemicals which are still toxic. All this is bioaccumulative.

    No currently designed water treatment system has the ability to remove all of the pharmaceutical/chemicals that are found in drinking water supplies, it would be far too expensive. Yes, I do think a personal carbon filter system would be a good idea.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 15.2018 | 01:45 pm


Things are not what they seem!  Pesticides should be banned. I always wash all fruits and vegetables with the hope and belief that all pesticides are washed away- but will I ever be certain that it did? Probably not. It is my personal opinion that all the cigarette and e-cigarette companies should be closed down permanently. But they won’t be otherwise the Governments around the world will suffer huge losses! I do hope all the governments realise soon that money will be of no use if humans cease to exist!  But I will be using a filter for drinking water henceforth even though I live in the UK. Thank you for all the information – it was very enlightening what goes on in the world. 

Oct 15.2018 | 11:39 am


    Good afternoon Priya,

    Thank you for your visit and your comment. The idea of washing fruits and vegetables is a good idea, a little shot of vinegar is also helpful. It is strange that all the things that are bad for humans are so profitable for a few, be it governments and or companies. The only thing we can do is to be informed as much as possible and make our own choice trying not to be influenced by advertising etc.

    A water filter is never a bad idea as the authorities cannot filter out the harmful particles, that would be too costly. Each household should have a filter and take care that the water you drink is as clean as possible.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 16.2018 | 02:35 pm

David Guffey

The information is coming out about of things, that we consume is in fact bad for us. I am 63 and I am in fairly good health, but why didn’t these things affect me? Is it your genes that affect if your body finds things hazardous to your health? Why does certain things affect differently what they do to the human body and what diseases they cause? The human body is a amazing thing, but why have I not gotten much wrong with mine and I lived through a time when many chemicals were used without companies not caring about what they were doing to some peoples bodies,only about making money? Just my thoughts on the subject, but is it the chemicals or defects in our bodies that make these things harmful.

Oct 15.2018 | 11:49 am


    Good afternoon David,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. Well, there are of course thousands of reasons why one person gets sick and the other stays healthy. It could be that one individual has a stronger immune system as when being a child was exposed to bacteria and the other child was more protected and did not develop a strong immune system. What might also have an influence is the place where you grew up, like city versus countryside.

    Your genetic heritage will also make a difference and the foods you ate as a younger person.

    You tell me you are in good health for being a 63 years old man, I would say keep it that way. I am 68 and plan to reach 90 in a healthy way.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 16.2018 | 02:21 pm

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