Chemicals and Male Factor Infertility
If you are a male and work in agriculture or other fields with high levels of chemical exposure, you need to read this.
Our food industry is a quite a mess. I believe most people will agree with that. Where we source our food has moved miles and miles away from where we live. Most people don’t even know where their food comes from, how it’s grown, not to mention what’s in it. This subject is becoming more popular and people are slowly becoming more aware with the growing prevalence of grocery stores like Whole Foods and Earth Fare.
Companies like Monsanto have infiltrated the FDA and grown so big that it seems no one can keep them in check. I bring this up only to compare them to other giants that create products we use everyday like P&G and Dow. Are these companies like Monsanto really regulated?
Wal-Mart just announced this week, after much prodding from the group Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, that they will remove 10 toxic chemicals from its shelves. Everyday products such as toothpaste, yoga mats, soap, cosmetics, and even cutting boards contain triclosan, a pesticide and known hormone disruptor. This pesticide has already been found in waterways and breast milk. Potential health hazards include antibiotic resistance, impaired muscle function, endocrine system disruption, and infertility.
Just a few years ago, Dole Food Company settled a lawsuit with a group of farm workers. Nicaraguan farmers claimed that the pesticide dibromochloropropane (DBCP), used to kill crop-destroying roots on banana plantations, left them sterile. The first suit was filed back in 1977 after California health officials determined the DBCP could cause infertility. Almost simultaneously, Dow Chemicals, a Dole supplier, halted DBCP production and issued a recall. The EPA then banned use of DBCP in the United States citing cancer, male infertility, and chromosomal damage as possible health risks.
Let’s jump back to the highly controversial company, Monsanto. Many farmers are practically backed into a corner when it comes to trying to avoid Monsanto products. They are everywhere. If you are in agriculture, who is to say that you are safe from these widely used chemicals and pesticides? After all, Monsanto has been known to falsify studies showing completely safe and positive results when that was not reality.
You never know when a doctor or scientist will discover that some chemical or pesticide, deemed safe now, will be a huge factor in cancer or infertility later.
It’s up to you, the individual, to plan and protect your future. If you work in a potentially hazardous work environment and are exposed to chemicals regularly, especially pesticides, store your sperm.
Take a few steps now to ensure a fair chance at having a family later. I know it’s not pleasant to think about and no one thinks it will happen to them, but you never know. You don’t want to end up like the Nicaraguan farmers. Take control of your future! Be informed, plan ahead, store your sperm.
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