A new documentary out, “The Disappearing Male“, points to a disturbing issue that is threatening the human race; the impact of toxins on the male reproductive system.
“The last few decades have seen steady and dramatic increases in the incidence of boys and young men suffering from genital deformities, low sperm count, sperm abnormalities and testicular cancer.
At the same time, boys are now far more at risk of suffering from ADHD, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, and dyslexia.”
The suspected cause of this issue? Plastics. Some plastics are known to contain hormone-mimicking or endocrine disrupting chemicals that wreak havoc on a developing reproductive system, particularly in males. Found in everything from baby bottles and plastic toys to carpet and shampoo, it’s hard to avoid exposure in today’s chemical-laden world, however a little bit of awareness goes a long way.
Here are some of the known facts:
- There are more than 20 heavily industrialized nations where the birth of baby boys has declined every year for the past 30 years – amounting to 3 million fewer baby boys.
- The number of boys born with penis abnormalities and genital defects has increased by 200% in the past two decades.
- Boys have a higher incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, Tourett’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and dyslexia.
- Boys are four times as likely to be autistic.
- The average sperm count of a North American college student today is less than half of what it was 50 years ago.
- The quality of sperm is declining. Eighty-five per cent of the sperm produced by a healthy male is DNA-damaged.
- Damaged sperm have been linked to a 300% increase in testicular cancer – a form of cancer that affects young men in their 20s and 30s.
- The chemical industry has developed more than 90,000 man-made chemicals in the last sixty years. Eighty-five percent of them have never undergone testing for their impact on the human body.
Since children are the most susceptible to endocrine-disrupting chemicals due to their rapid early development and increased vulnerability due to their increased rate of absorption as it correlates to their small size, it’s important to try and avoid plastics when possible in favor of wooden toys, glass, “phthalate-free” or “BPA-free” bottles, organic meats and dairy and all-natural soaps/shampoos. Also pay attention to the number of the plastic found in the center of the recycle symbol on the bottom of the product. 1,2,4 & 5 are said to be safer alternatives to the other numbers. And if you’re pregnant or nursing, these chemicals definitely have an impact on a developing fetus or infant, so it’s especially important to make plastic-free choices during this time as well.
Want to know more? Read my other posts related to plastics and their impact on human health.