The Male to Female Ratio

A couple of days ago I was sitting back in my easy chair, depressed from the grey rainy days and from being stuck inside all the time, when I switched on the TV to watch some broadcasts from CBC New World and this program caught my eye. A documentary had just started to air called “The Disappearing Male” on a program aired twice a week on “The Doc Zone.” This documentary really made me sit back and turn up the volume as the program focused on the environment and how it is affecting the sexes.

As the chemical industry booms from over the last 40 to 60 years, all of these chemical compounds that have being created are just starting to show their effects on human beings today in the raw data that is being analysed. Surprisingly, most of these chemicals had never being directly tested on humans, let alone the unborn fetus, to see if they are good for us over the long term.

Facts about Male Infertility

  • 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. (Source: CBC New World: “The Doc Zone,” as of November 10, 2008).

There are chemicals that are used in just about every product that we use everyday that are affecting the sexual reproductive systems in Males. One chemical that is used that makes plastics hard and durable seems to have the ability to mimic sexual hormones and is causing a drastic decrease in the Male reproductive system causing low sperm counts and further complications with men’s sexual health. This means that there are evidence that more and more Males are becoming infertile–and the documentary argues that this could be the first sign of our extinction.

This story directly relates to Canada’s decision to ban plastic baby bottles for new born babies because of the possibility that this chemical could be leaching into the milk as the baby drinks it.

So what do you think, should we become more vigilant towards our children’s health, such as what we expose them to, or should we rely on our government to advise us when these dangers become apparent?

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  1. Dr. Kathryn Harrison from UBC once wrote a paper on agenda denial on the risk of dioxin presence in breast milk. She found that some of these issues (the risk of children’s exposure to toxins) do NOT reach the government agenda. Given this phenomenon, I think we ought to be more vigilant.

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