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LMIPPE February 2002 would only add to the already alarming percentage of

increase.

Comparatively,

Meenja

Panchayath

which

is

an

unexposed area away from the PCK plantations did not show any significant increase in cancer deaths over the same period. The recorded cancer deaths were 40 (1982- 87), 32(1988-93) and 47(1994-99).

Reproductive System ailments

Almost all the families that had participated in the surveys and the informal interviews revealed some sort of

gynecological near, in and

problem or other in around the plantations.

most Most

women living of the women

at Periya, Cheemeni, Muliyar, suffering from irregular periods,

Rajapuram were found sometimes even twice or

thrice a month, disruption, much

showing possible

a clear case of hormonal with organochlorine induced

chronic

toxicity

effects.

Many

of

them

were

suffering

from

profuse were in stopped married

bleeding during the periods and blood clots and acute pain. There were cases of periods getting much before the menopause age. Most of the

women

with

children

have

gynecological

problems, leading to the uterus being removed. young women have irregular periods and other

Many related

problems body etc. their age.

like pain, headache, dizziness, weakening of the Women around the age of 30 looked beyond They were also found tired and weak, unable to

do the It was

work that their age should be allowing them to do. understood from them that women take hormonal

treatment

to

correct

their

menstrual

cycles,

so

they

would

not

have

marital

problems.

Infertility

and

miscarriages

were been

also high.

reported.

Some cases of endometriosis have

Organochlorine

pesticides

are

known

also and

proven

to

cause

endometriosis

and

breast

cancer.

Men were found to be more elusive reproductive health problems.

in talking about their But some of them

disclosed that they were

testis.

Infertility

was

also

suffering high in

from undescended the area, especially

among men.

It was learnt, with shock that boys had

retarded sexual growth and this was also leading to some

sort of desperation. especially related to

But social ostracism reproductive health

was and

feared, it was

understandable that young boys and not wish or be allowed to disclose their reproductive health related problems.

girls of age would sexual growth and

Central Nervous System related problems

The many surveys by the panchayaths along with local groups, especially at Belur, Enmakaje and Muliyar and the survey done by SEEK and Thanal in other villages revealed the presence of diseases which could be

connected disorders. anomalies

to some form of Central Nervous System There were too many cases of congenital with brain disorders like cerebral palsy,

retardation

of

mental

growth,

epilepsy,

physical

d e f o r m i t i e s l i k e s t a g h o r n l i m b s , d e f o r m e d o r p a r t g r o w n

limbs.

Psychiatric problems,

which is

traditionally

considered increase.

a mental health problem is also on the Today modern science do not consider

Thanal

Most of the women at Periya, Cheemeni, Muliyar, Rajapuram were found suffering from irregular periods, sometimes even twice or thrice a month, showing a clear case of hormonal disruption, much possible with organochlorine induced chronic toxicity effects.

There were too many cases of congenital anomalies with brain disorders like cerebral palsy, retardation of mental growth, epilepsy, physical deformities like stag horn limbs, deformed or part grown limbs.

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