Falling Sperm Count, Shrinking Penises: Toxic Chemicals Threaten Humanity | Erin Brockovitch

Jis there the end of humanity? It may be happening sooner than we think, thanks to hormone-disrupting chemicals that are decimating fertility at an alarming rate around the world. A new book called Countdown, by Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, reveals that sperm counts have dropped nearly 60% since 1973. Following the trajectory we are on find, Swan’s research suggests that sperm count could reach zero by 2045. Zero. Let it sink in. That would mean no babies. No breeding. More humans. Forgive me for asking: why isn’t the UN calling an emergency meeting on this right now?

The chemicals to blame for this crisis are in everything from plastic containers and food wraps, to waterproof clothing and fragrances in cleaning products, soaps and shampoos, electronics and carpets. Some of them, called PFAS, are known as “eternal chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment or in the human body. They just pile up and pile up – causing more and more damage, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. Now, it seems, humanity is reaching a breaking point.

Swan’s book is astounding in its findings. “In some parts of the world, the average woman in her 20s is less fertile today than her grandmother was at 35,” Swan writes. On top of that, Swan finds that on average, a man today will have half his grandfather’s sperm. “The current state of reproductive affairs cannot continue any longer without threatening human survival,” Swan writes, adding, “This is a global existential crisis.” This is not hyperbole. It’s just science.

As if that wasn’t terrifying enough, Swan’s research reveals that these chemicals not only dramatically reduce sperm quality, they are also reduction in penis size and testicular volume. It is nothing less than a full-scale emergency for humanity.

Swan’s book echoes the previous to research, who found that PFAS impairs sperm production, disrupts the male hormone, and is correlated with “reduced sperm quality, testicular volume, and penis length.” These chemicals literally confuse our bodies, causing them to send mixed messages and go haywire.

Given all we know about these chemicals, why aren’t more of them being done? Currently, there is a patchwork of inadequate legislation to address this threat. Laws and regulations vary from country to country, region to region, and, in the United States, state to state. The European Union, for example, has limit several phthalates in toys and sets limits on phthalates considered “reprotoxic” – that is, they harm human reproductive capacities – in food production.

In the United States, a scientific study find “widespread” exposure to phthalates in infants, and that the chemicals have been found in the urine of babies who have come into contact with baby shampoos, lotions and powders. Yet aggressive regulation is lacking, not least due to lobbying by chemical industry giants.

In Washington State, lawmakers succeeded in passing the Pollution Prevention for Our Future Act, which “directs state agencies to address categories of chemicals and moves away from a chemical-by-chemical approach, which has historically led companies to adopt equally bad or worse substitutes. The first chemical classes to be addressed in products include phthalates, PFAS, PCBs, alkyphenol ethoxylates and bisphenols, and organohalogen flame retardants. The state has taken significant steps to address the extent of chemical pollution, but overall the United States, like many other countries, is fighting a losing battle due to weak legislation. and inadequate.

In the United States today, for example, you cannot eat deer meat caught in Oscoda, Michigan, because the health department Published a ‘do not eat’ advisory for deer captured near the former Air Force base due to incredibly high levels of PFOS in a deer’s muscle.

And, last week, hundreds of residents who live near Luke Air Force Base in Arizona were advised not to drink their water, when tests detected high levels of toxic chemicals. Scientists found these substances in the blood of nearly everyone they tested in the United States. No country or region on earth is immune to PFAS contamination. It’s a global problem. PFAS has been found in all corners of the globe. It is practically present in the body of every human being. It is found in fish from the depths of the sea and birds flying high in the sky.

And it kills us, literally, by harming and attacking the very source of life: our reproductive abilities. The rapid death and decline of sperm must be addressed, and it must be addressed now. There is simply no time to waste.

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