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The Disappearing Male and Petrochemicals

HEALTH/TECHNOLOGY - Sperm counts of males have decreased by half over the last 50 years.

85% of sperm is now abnormal and males are growing up with smaller penises, more genital birth defects, and testosterone levels so low its equal to females.

Low fertility is now effecting many young couples and its becoming an epidemic.

Less males are being born in industrialized countries. Even less male animals are being born.

Why? Petrochemicals in the water, food, the air are messing with our body's ability to produce healthy sperm. Everything from synthetic pesticides on our food, chemical additives in our drinks, particles from vinyl, plastics, acrylics, nylon and a variety of other sources are getting into the womb and effecting the development of babies.

In particular, the petrochemicals are blocking the hormones responsible for deciding sex and thus more women are being born and more men are being born with deformed penises, smaller penises and a variety of other birth defects.

Chemical exposure in the womb is also killing more babies while they are still in the womb.

One case in Canada is the native reserve Aamjiwnaang near Windsor/Detroit where the birth rate of boys in ratio to girls has dropped to 2 girls for every 1 boy born. The reason? A petrochemical plant nearby that frequently has toxic leaks into the nearby environment.

And Canada is not the only place. Other countries around the world are seeing similar drops in male populations, and not just in locations near petrochemical plants but everywhere you can find synthetic chemicals in our food and drink.

One of the key petrochemicals we use is particular dangerous: Polycarbonate, which is used in DVDs, baby bottles, toys, etc. and works a bit like synthetic estrogen when ingested into the body. Polycarbonate is causing the bulk of problems in lower male fertility rates, male birth rates and male birth defects.

Inverted testicles is another rising problem caused by polycarbonate. Boys born with them are 8 times more likely to develop testicular cancer and 7 times more likely to be infertile.

So why are we not banning the use of Polycarbonate and similar chemicals?

The chemical lobby in the United States is one of the most wealthy and powerful groups in the world and are using misinformation to tell the public that their chemicals are safe.

Canada however is taking steps as of April 2008 to ban such plastics in baby bottles. Its one small step to preserving the future of male babies, and the future of the human race.

Will the United States follow suit, or will they fall victim to the greed of the chemical industry?

Just look at global warming, climate change and the oil industry... it will take a long time to convince the chemical industry to change their methods.

See Also: Pollution: Where have all the boys gone?

3 comments:

Emma Bee said...

Thank You for Blogging about this. I saw "The disappearing Male" on CBC last night, and have spent the last few hours analyzing what's in my home. For someone who considers themselves "Environmentally concious" I am SURROUNDED by plastics. From my shampoo and face wash bottles (both COntaining BPA) to my hairdryer, coffee pot, sterring wheel. It's inescapable! What do you think is the best way to start eliminating some of these plastics? Do you know of a website that outlines the more harmful chemicals and the products that contain them?
-Emma

Bring It On said...

No, but if you find such a site please let us know. Polycarbonate seems to be the most dangerous chemical.

Greg said...

I've been looking for this video. The CBC online site says the video is 'unavailable' and youtube says 'this video not available in your country' (I'm in the US).

Is there another source for the video?

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