Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pesticides In Foods Affect Male Fertility

Pesticides in Food Effect Male Fertility

by Hethir Rodriguez, B.S., M.H., C.M.T.

Toxins, pesticides, and pollutants in our environment are having an effect on fertility. In this post I am going to focus on men’s fertility and the effect these chemicals are having on their fertility.

Facts about Male Fertility

* Sperm counts have been cut in half in the last fifty years – and 85% of that is abnormal.

* In the last few decades there has been a 200% increase in male genital birth defects.

* Male birth rates have declined. Since 1970 there have been nearly 3 million fewer baby boys.

* The quality of sperm is declining. Eighty-five per cent of the sperm produced by a healthy male is DNA-damaged.

* Boys have a higher incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, Tourett’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and dyslexia.

There are recent studies that are now pointing the finger at pesticides and chemicals in our water as the cause to men’s declining fertility. So now that we know the problem what can we do about it?

1. Reduce exposure to these estrogen mimicking toxins.

  • Stop using pesticides of all sorts, bug sprays, lawn sprays. – Instead use organic treatments for your lawn and garden, and natural bug sprays made with essential oils.

  • Avoid exposure to solvents, plastics, cosmetics, and soaps made with petrochemical based emulsifiers – a.k.a. mineral oil. Switch to a skin care line that is safe and pure.

  • Do not use mineral oil products on your body. Mineral oil is made from crude oil (the same stuff we make motor oil, gasoline, and plastics out of) and is like putting plastic on your skin.

  • Do not microwave your food in plastic. This will release the xenohormones into your food.

  • Stop wearing polyester clothing (it is made out of plastic).

  • 2. Eat organic produce, meats, and dairy.

    3. Aid the liver in cleansing toxins and excess hormones.
    Herbs such as milk thistle, burdock, red clover, dandelion, and yellow dock help the liver to do its job of clearing the body of these excess estrogens and toxins that accumulate in the body.

    4. Rebuild and promote sperm health with herbs and supplements.

    Men’s Multivitamin – Make sure to take a 100% whole food men’s multivitamin to make sure important vitamins and minerals (vitamin C, folic acid, zinc, and b12) are in his diet everyday.

    Maca – Men who use Maca have been shown to have an increase in libido and healthy sperm.

    Tribulus – Tribulus helps to increase testosterone in the body. It has been proven tribulus terrestris can increase the amount of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) produced by the body’s pituitary gland. LH stimulates the testes to secret the male hormone testosterone.

    l-carnitine - It is a necessary nutrient for sperm cells to function normally. In studies supplementing with L-carnitine helps to normalize sperm motility in men with low sperm quality.

    CoQ10 – Acts as an antioxidant protecting the sperm cells from damage. Studies have shown a connection between coQ 10 levels and sperm health. COQ10 has also been shown to increase sperm motility.


    Sunday, October 16, 2011

    Millions Against Monsanto

    New York City Rally- NO to GMO!!

    There he is, my son... at the New York City Rally
    NO to GMO!!

    My son Patrick and his beloved Karen are part of the NYC Rally this very moment. He knows the importance of Organic... it is his way of life and at the heart of all his product offerings!! CHEERS!!!

    To live the pleasures of good health, to nourish creative ideas, to develop a safe and highly serviceable line of products, to be ethical, to be supportive of sustainable organic farming, to take the position that food/seed are to be respected for their inherent natural intelligence, to hold that no corporation, no self serving enterprise is to have the freedom to control, contaminate, manipulate, food/seed and deny free access to farmers and consumers... this my son's position, No to GMO!

    Yes, responsible action, means to walk the walk
    and talk the talk.

    •Be Informed

    •Take Action
    Organic Consumers Association:
    Millions Against Monsanto Campaign

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    New Study Finds Link Between Pesticides and Stunted Growth

    New Study Finds Link Between Pesticides and Stunted Growth

    A growing body of research suggests that exposure to toxic and persistent pesticides is linked to a range of health problems, including developmental disorders, ADHD, lower IQs, and even cancer. A new study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, found that pesticides may also negatively impact human growth. The study, which took blood samples from 50 elementary-school-aged boys, found that those who had the highest concentrations of pesticides in their blood were more likely to grow less than those with lower concentrations. Read the study, and learn why it’s worth it to choose organic to reduce your exposure to toxic pesticides.

    Pesticide Exposure: A Lifetime Burden

    For most, if not all, of us, exposure to pesticides begins before we are even born. This exposure is compounded as we grow up and are exposed to more pesticides through the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Learn how pesticide exposure affects human health at different stages in life, why it is particularly important to minimize young children’s contact with these substances, and how choosing food grown without pesticides can help.

    Information source:
    Environmental Health Perspectives (Online 7 Oct. 2011).

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