Toxins: Infertility- How Are Toxins Affecting Our Ability To Conceive?
The Link Between Toxins And Infertility
Toxins and Fertility
This year, Robert Edwards received the Nobel Peace Prize for Medicine because he developed, with his late partner, Patrick Steptoe, the science of IVF (in-vitro fertilization). In 1978, the first ever baby was born that was conceived in a test-tube, and her birth was hailed as a scientific miracle. Her name is Louise Brown and she went on to naturally conceive and deliver her own child later in life.
IVF has become a world- wide industry, with thousands of women pay anywhere between £4,000 -£10,000 per attempt at treatment. In the UK, this procedure is still mainly performed in the private sector, and in 2008, 30,000 women each year were seeking help to conceive. UK citizens also travel to countries like the Czech Republic where the service is offered at a reduced rate, making true numbers more difficult to accurately assess.
The tally for babies conceived this way in the UK alone exceeds 4 million, and it is reported that 10% of couples world-wide are unable to conceive without assistance from IVF.
There are concerns that children conceived in this way are more likely to suffer birth defects and long term disabilities later in life. More research needs to be done on these subjects, as factors like the age of the woman, and the effect of the drugs on the quality of the egg need to be studied further.
However, the fact is that large sections of the population, irrespective of wealth, geography, or circumstances are turning to IVF for scientific assistance with one of the most fundamental aspects of human existence- the desire to procreate.
Why are we as a species increasingly experiencing issues with one of the most natural aspects of our existence? All living creatures have a very simple blueprint, from the smallest bacteria, to the largest mammal. In its most simple form it would look like this- birth, reproduction, death. This is hard-wired into our genetic make-up and is the same for every living species, be they animal, bird, plant, insect or fish.
How can such a natural process be going wrong for such a considerable proportion of the world’s couples?
With the advent of the chemical and synthetic toxins as pesticides and herbicides, plastics and cleaners, pharmaceuticals, and vaccinations, food additives, and food contaminants, fuel emissions, insecticides, and fungicides.....comes a constant onslaught of chemical toxins that our bodies are just not equipped to deal with. One side effect was first brought to our attention by studying wildlife and the issues that the large mammals were having with conceiving, carrying to term, and delivering healthy off-spring.
It transpired that being at the top of the food chain, these large predators all had one thing in common- many of them were having problems with reproducing, and at the same time were highly toxic. Species at the top of the food chains are causing concern, as they are producing a proportionally high per cent of female off-spring, which raises questions about the survival of the species. One such species is the polar bear, and its future is unsure as its habitat is under threat from global warming and the females are struggling to produce enough male cubs. By studying the fate of the female polar bears, we have come to some frightening conclusions about our own fertility issues- toxins seriously affect all aspects of fertility.
They mimic the bodies’ hormonal procedures, and thus the body can no longer heal or maintain itself as it would under normal circumstances. In relation to fertility, this has huge implications as the synthetic chemicals modify the hormones that control the reproductive system, and can alter the sex hormone levels. This is a very intricate, finely balanced system that involves a multitude of different hormonal transactions to occur simultaneously. As soon as anything interferes, as we are finding out, the whole system can be affected.
One of the effects of toxic overload is that females become more masculine and males become more feminized. The toxins enter the sperm and eggs, and effectively poison them, so that if there is fertilization, there is an increased risk of miscarriage.
Another issue is the fact that sperm count in the population has fallen alarmingly since the advent of the chemical onslaught. One effect is that we now know that parents pass on their toxic burden to their children- a study showed that men working in a Banana farm using heavy doses of pesticides suffered a sharp decline in their sperm count, and the next generation of men also suffered low sperm count, low mobility, and low birth rate, having been nowhere near the offending chemicals or farm.
There are approximately 80,000 chemicals in commercial use today (and this number rises year on year), and more than 90% of them have no health warning regarding their use. If we just examine the nature of pesticides - they are designed to kill all forms of life, and when they are presented to us on the food we eat, and they are found in the water we drink, is it any wonder that we are having such issues with fertility?
For couples thinking about having a baby at some stage in the future, now is the time to start reducing your chemical load, and to begin to detox your body. By reducing your exposure to chemical onslaught, and by actively ridding your body of the toxins that have already accumulated, you and your partner are giving yourselves the best chance to conceive when the time is right.
If you are already pregnant, or trying to conceive, then it is necessary to consider measures to reduce your toxic exposure and find a safe way to reduce your existing toxic burden. Factors such as diet, exercise, and rest are evidently important, but now introducing effective methods of eliminating toxins has become a serious consideration.
Pregnancy and having problems conceiving are fraught with emotional conflicts and societal pressures and it seems to be getting more and more common that this most natural procedure needs the assistance of the scientific world.
What Can You Do To Rid Your Body Of The Toxic Burden?
Stewart A. Lonky M.D., said “Because chemical and toxin exposures are impossible to avoid, and because the accumulation of these toxins definitely have health consequences, I believe that the use of a chelating and detoxifying agent such as activated liquid zeolite should be a part of every person’s daily regimen. There is no better gift you can give yourself and your loved ones.”
Written by Caroline Nettle.
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