Saturday, November 8, 2008

CBC - The Disappearing Male

Cool documentary on the ways in which xenoestrogens (endocrine disrupting chemicals, most of which are synthetic estrogens) are impacting males in North America - hint: it ain't good. I've been warning people about this for years, so it's great to see the issue get some attention in Canada, if not yet in the US.
The Disappearing Male

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"We are conducting a vast toxicological experiment in which our children and our children's children are the experimental subjects." Dr. Herbert Needleman

The Disappearing Male is about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system.

The last few decades have seen steady and dramatic increases in the incidence of boys and young men suffering from genital deformities, low sperm count, sperm abnormalities and testicular cancer. Some researchers say that declining male fertility rates could be the first sign of extinction.

At the same time, boys are now far more at risk of suffering from ADHD, autism, Tourette's syndrome, cerebral palsy, and dyslexia.

The Disappearing Male takes a close and disturbing look at what many doctors and researchers now suspect are responsible for many of these problems: a class of common chemicals that are ubiquitous in our world.

Found in everything from shampoo, sunglasses, meat and dairy products, carpet, cosmetics and baby bottles, they are called "hormone mimicking" or "endocrine disrupting" chemicals and they may be starting to damage the most basic building blocks of human development.

The video may not be working yet (restrictions apply -- should be good by Saturday late morning).



2 comments:

MissMysterics said...

Actually these 'defects' are natural responses to our overpopulation, due the incredibly high population of humans, evolution has infact, began to favour infertility becuase human breeding needs to decrease dramatically in order for our species to survive, nature is amazing like that.

WH said...

Sorry, there is nothing natural about human-made environmental toxins reducing fertility. They are impacting all species, not just humans.