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Phthalate Exposure Threatens Human Survival

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

phthalate affects fertility

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  • Total sperm counts in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand dropped by nearly 60 percent between 1973 and 2013 and there’s no evidence to suggest this downward trend is leveling off
  • Reduction in sperm production is a warning sign that men’s health is in serious jeopardy, as poor semen quality has been linked to a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and early death
  • Along with sperm, men’s testosterone levels have dropped in recent decades as well, and exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in utero and beyond appears to be a driving factor
  • Environmental estrogens such as phthalates have generational effects, which is why males are successively becoming increasingly more sterile with each passing generation
  • Studies have also linked phthalate exposure during early childhood with delayed puberty in girls, while other research warns that phthalates in makeup and personal care products can trigger early menopause

Infertility has become increasingly pervasive in recent decades. In "Sperm Count Zero," GQ Magazine discusses this troubling fact, noting the situation has become so dire that "within a generation we may lose the ability to reproduce entirely."

The article highlights research published last year, which found total sperm counts in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand dropped by nearly 60 percent between 1973 and 2013. (South American, Asian and African men had no noticeable decline, although this discrepancy could be due to the smaller sample sizes obtained from those countries.)


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