Published on October 21st, 2015 | by jen9150
Trying to Get Knocked Up
In 1932 we were promised “Better Living Through Chemistry” by DuPont and the other big chemical companies. It is now 2015 and our air, soil, food, rain, blood and breastmilk are contaminated with hundreds, maybe thousands, of industrial chemicals, many known carcinogens and neurotoxins; many barely tested at all. Where did we go wrong?
Now, chemical exposure threatens our very existence. A recent statement by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), which includes OB-GYNs, scientists and other medical professionals, declares that “dramatic increases in exposure to toxic chemicals in the last four decades are threatening human reproduction and health … Miscarriage and still birth, impaired fetal growth, congenital malformations, impaired or reduced neurodevelopment and cognitive function, and an increase in cancer, attention problems, ADHD behaviors and hyperactivity are among the list of poor health outcomes linked to chemicals such as pesticides, air pollutants, plastics, solvents and more.”
Not only are women having a more difficult time conceiving, but they are also less likely to be able to carry the baby to full-term. There has been a noted increase in miscarriages as well as in premature births. Considering that the CDC recently stated that, for the first time, fetal deaths are outnumbering infant deaths in the United States, this is serious cause for alarm. Everything from lower sperm counts, to endocrine disruption, hormonal disregulation, and the skyrocketing rates of chronic disease are creating a perfect storm of infertility. Our babies are exposed to chemicals in the womb and are then fed on chemical-laced breastmilk. Modern medicine, with its “pill for every ill,” compounds the problem. Then there is Monsanto, which has burdened our society with such gifts as DDT, recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), and of course, glyphosate, which is now impossible to avoid, was recently declared a probable carcinogen by international experts, and is also linked to infertility.
According to the excellent The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, around 15 percent of couples may have trouble conceiving. In 1/3 of the cases, the male is the cause, in another 1/3, the female is the cause, and in the final 1/3, both are the cause. Semen levels have declined by 20 percent, and sperm levels are down by about half. “The total sperm count and sperm quality of the general male population has been deteriorating over the last few decades. … Altogether, these changes mean that men are now supplying about 40 percent of the number of sperm per ejaculate compared to 1940 levels.”
Some possible contributors:
- Sub-chronic nutrient and mineral deficiencies, such as low zinc levels and low iodine
- Sub-chronic exposure to chemicals in the environment linked to infertility and reproductive problems, such as insecticides and herbicides like RoundUp
- Consumption of GMO foods which has been shown to likely cause reproductive issues in animals and humans
- Polysorbate 80, an ingredient used as a preservative used in virtually all vaccines including the TB skin test, has been linked to infertility in mice
- Vaccines are NOT evaluated for “mutagenicity, carcinogenicity or impairment of fertility” (seriously, read the inserts sometime)
- Stress, toxic lifestyle and side effects of many drugs lead to a loss of libido; for example, Statins, a widely prescribed drug in men, has been shown to drastically lower testosterone levels
- Widespread chemicals such as BPA are linked to an 80 percent increase in miscarriages
- Obesity is linked to infertility
- Radiation is linked to infertility and some have extrapolated that low-dose radiation from technology devices (EMFs) could have an effect as well
- Many birth control pills and devices such as IUDs have been shown to cause a delay in fertility
What to do? Minimize your exposure as much as possible by eating organic, making your own non-toxic cleaning supplies, and being careful about what you allow in your home. You can prepare the womb by detoxifying your life and eating a nourishing diet. Try fertility enhancing herbs such as red clover or a blend such as Fecundi-Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Hopefully it isn’t too late for future generations to enjoy healthy, long lives, and children of their own.