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  • - Penis sizes are shrinking,

  • which you might have seen from these headlines

  • all over the internet.

  • And in the last 40 years, sperm counts in men

  • have decreased by 50%

  • and the distance between the anus

  • and the genitals in boys,

  • aka the taint has been shrinking.

  • So today we are going to explain what is going on.

  • Testosterone levels in men have been declining since 1982.

  • A meta analysis of over 185 studies

  • that looked at over 48,000 men,

  • found that between the years of 1973

  • and 2011 male sperm concentration had decreased by 52%

  • and overall sperm count had decreased by 59%.

  • 26% of men who have erectile dysfunction

  • are now under the age of 40.

  • Looking at sperm bank semen in 1963,

  • one teaspoon of sperm which is your average ejaculation

  • would have had 99 million viable sperm per milliliter.

  • By 2011, it had fallen all the way

  • to only 49 million viable sperm.

  • And the decrease in the sperm counts, sperm concentration

  • and viable sperm

  • is why now male fertility issues contribute 1/4 to 1/3

  • of all fertility issues.

  • And now we are starting to understand finally

  • why this is happening.

  • It comes down to plastics, pesticides, and the chemicals

  • in the products that we're using every day.

  • Plastics, pesticides and chemicals

  • in our products contain EDCs,

  • endocrine disrupting chemicals.

  • These chemicals can bind to hormone sites in our body

  • and fool our bodies into thinking

  • they're the natural hormone.

  • Hormones are signaling molecules in your body

  • that are a part of your amazing endocrine system.

  • The endocrine system consists of these glands in your body

  • that secrete hormones in order for your organs

  • and your tissues to essentially communicate.

  • For example, when stressed

  • your brain will signal your pituitary gland

  • to release ACTH, and this pituitary gland is in your brain.

  • No, it is not your testicles, even though it looks like it.

  • The ACTH enters the blood where it then makes its way

  • to your adrenal gland.

  • Now the adrenal gland secretes cortisol

  • another hormone that enters the bloodstream

  • and then increases glucose within your body

  • to help you deal with that stress.

  • This is just one example

  • of endocrine biological signaling processes

  • but there are many more that control how you breathe,

  • how your digestion works

  • and even the sensory you feel when you touch a wall.

  • Back to the endocrine disrupting chemicals or EDCs,

  • they can also control

  • how our natural hormones are broken down and stored.

  • And they also change our body's sensitivity

  • to the real hormones.

  • So let's start with

  • the endocrine disrupting chemicals phthalates

  • These chemicals are in plastics

  • 'cause they make them soft and flexible.

  • They're also in floor coverings,

  • and soap, and hair spray.

  • One study of 72 common household objects

  • found phthalates in three quarters of the products

  • such as deodorant, and hair gels, and fragrances.

  • So in rats, if the expectant mother is exposed to phthalates

  • 18 to 21 days after mating,

  • the male pups will have a decrease in testosterone.

  • In humans, if an expectant mother is exposed to phthalates

  • between week eight to 12 of the embryo's development

  • they can disrupt testosterone

  • and lead to boys coming out

  • with a decreased penis size, lower sperm counts

  • and a smaller ADG, a smaller taint

  • Now let's look at the BPA

  • which you may have heard a lot about.

  • It can be found in non-state coatings

  • and lots of different plastics and electronics

  • and also in receipt paper.

  • Men working at factories with high levels of BPA

  • had their urine examined

  • that turned out that increased levels of BPA in their urine

  • led to four times lower sperm counts,

  • three times lower sperm vitality

  • and decreased sperm mobility.

  • Sons of men with high BPA exposure had decreased ADGs

  • and were more likely to have ejaculation issues

  • and decreased sexual desire.

  • And there are a lot of other chemicals

  • that disrupt endocrine hormones from those in plastic toys

  • and air fresheners, nail Polish, pesticides

  • to the grease and stain repellents and fast food containers,

  • and the dioxins found in meat and dairy,

  • all of which have an impact on sperm count

  • taint size or penis length.

  • It's not just EDCs and plastics and pesticides

  • that are decreasing male fertility,

  • it's also other things that we are just doing to our body.

  • Smoking cigarettes, or even just exposure

  • to secondhand smoke can actually cause damage to our sperm.

  • It can decrease our testosterone

  • and decrease our ability for the little guys

  • to make its way to the egg.

  • And right now men smoke five times as much as women

  • which is causing a decrease in male fertility.

  • And it's not just cigarettes, sadly,

  • also those marijuana smokers, like me, also have to look out

  • because a 2015 study in Denmark

  • found that smoking marijuana more than once a week

  • led to a 29% decrease in sperm count.

  • Also curing meat with nitrites and nitrates

  • and the chlorinated pollutants

  • that can be found in animal meat and dairy

  • can damage your sperms DNA.

  • Men who eat more processed meat

  • have a decreased sperm count

  • and decreased normally shaped semen.

  • And this could be caused by the endocrine issues

  • that these chemicals in these meats have.

  • One thing is becoming extremely clear,

  • which is that the chemicals we are now using

  • in our modern world

  • are creating a decrease in male fertility

  • so much so that a variety of studies

  • have found a 1% decrease in testosterone

  • in men per year, since 1982.

  • As for what you can do right now at home

  • you can eat less meat and dairy,

  • you can not heat up things in plastic containers

  • 'cause that can actually have the chemicals

  • seep into your food,

  • you can eat less takeout and fast food

  • as the actual packaging can be an issue in those cases

  • as well as the gloves that fast food workers wear

  • while they're preparing your food.

  • One study found that teenagers who ate out more

  • had a 55% increase in some of these EDCs

  • as compared to teenagers who solely ate at home.

  • If you do use a non-stick pan, keeping the heat low

  • and for shorter periods of time

  • and if you ever see any sort of flaking on them,

  • get rid of them.

  • Dilates can leach into food in processing practices

  • and in food packaging,

  • so, eating less processed food

  • or food with less packaging can also help.

  • We need to regulate corporations

  • so that they can't just use these chemicals on us.

  • Right now corporations can experiment with our bodies.

  • The way that this regulation works,

  • so it's kind of innocent until proven guilty.

  • So only when we start to realize the detrimental effects

  • of these chemicals, do we then start to regulate them.

  • We need to change that order.

  • You may have seen this tweet from Greta Thunberg.

  • I think it's rather smart and funny,

  • and we will see you at the next climate match.

  • We need to hit the streets and hold our governments

  • and our corporations accountable

  • when it comes to regulating

  • these chemicals out of our bodies.

  • They need to keep us safe,

  • they need to help us lead healthier lives.

  • And we didn't even really know the effects

  • that these chemicals were gonna have on us

  • and now that we do,

  • we need to figure out how to get them out.

  • This is really important so that we can keep

  • all of our (beep).

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