Are you pro-grandchildren? If you are, the proliferation of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) polluting our bodies should be alarming because our ability to reproduce may be at stake. As documented in prior blog posts EDCs disrupt the normal functioning of our endocrine system and lead to a host of maladies from birth defects to cancer. But the threat these dangerous chemicals pose to our ability to reproduce may stand out as EDCs greatest threat. EDCs have a direct and dangerous effect on the quality and consistency of sperm.
An increasing proportion of sperm, 90 percent in a typical young man, are now misshapen, some even having two heads or two tails. Those correctly shaped often do not swim well. And over the last 75 years, sperm counts have dropped quickly. In one study, sperm donor applicants in 2001 in Hunan Provence, China qualified for donation at a rate of 56 percent. In 2015, the qualified rate plummeted to 18 percent. Scientists around the globe have linked the deterioration of sperm to EDCs. The serious effects of EDCs begin in utero affecting the development of the reproductive system.
Put simply, EDCs are threatening our ability to reproduce in the future. A significant number of men will be unable to reproduce in the next generation if measures are not taken to reduce our exposure to EDCs. This should be a public health emergency. Aggressive regulation is needed to reduce and control the use of EDCs in our everyday products like cleaning solutions, soaps, perfumes and lotions, to name a few. In 2016 alone the chemical industry spent $55.2 million lobbying Congress—that’s approximately $100,000 per member. Meanwhile, protect yourself and your family by checking out the “Guides” section of our webpage for easy ways to significantly reduce your exposure to EDCs at home.
For more information click here to read an article from the New York Times from March 11, 2017 documenting the effect of EDCs on sperm. It is not too long and definitely worth a read.