The same researchers who recently made us aware of the potential link between cell phone use and low sperm counts, acknowledge that dropping sperm counts is old news. They know that sperm counts have steadily dropped over the past 30 years to just half of normal. At the same time, testicular cancer is now a major cause of death in young men, while breast cancer is steadily rising.
What these maladies have in common is the widespread contamination of our nation’s water supply with toxins such as DDT, PCBs, dioxins, herbicides, pesticides and other synthetic organic chemicals. Researchers have found that one of the ways these destructive chemicals cause havoc is by acting like the body’s own estrogen hormones.
Some of these hormone imitators are even stronger than estrogen in action and create an excessive estrogenic stimulation for both men and women. For men, this can manifest as lowered sperm count, feminization, impotence, prostate and testicular cancer. For women, there is increased risk of breast cancer, infertility and other reproductive system abnormalities, including menstrual irregularities.
Look at just two of these culprits. DDT, an insecticide, and PCBs, were banned in the 1970s in this country. They are still hanging around the environment, getting into our water supply, because it takes many years for them to break down. Unfortunately, most of these other toxins are still being used at the rate of millions of pounds every day! Even if they stopped now, it would take a long time to heal the environment.
People who are paid to be concerned, are. Concern is becoming so great, in fact, that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been studying the hormonal impact of thousands of chemicals in our environment. In addition, the Centers of Disease Control and the National Institute of Health recognizes at least 50 chemicals in the environment as having this estrogen effect.
Despite this concern, it is shocking that many of these chemicals are not even required to be tested for in your city’s public water supply. So if you live in the city or you get your water from a private well, remember this: you cannot always see, smell or taste toxic chemicals in your water.
So if you want to play it safe, have your water tested yourself, because no-one else cares as much about your water supply as you do. It’s your health, and your family’s, that is at stake. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll eventually realize (or care) what they are doing to our health, before the sperm counts
drop to zero.