Infertility and Some Cancers Linked to Chemicals in Water Supply
By Dr. Timothy Holcomb
The same researchers who recently made us
aware of the potential link between cell
phone use and low sperm count, acknowledge
that sperm counts and human fertility have
been steadily dropping for at least 30 years. At the same time, testicular cancer is now a major killer of young men while breast cancer is steadily rising to epidemic proportions.
What these maladies have in common is the widespread contamination of our nation's water resources with malicious toxins such as DDT, PCBs, dioxins, herbicides, pesticides and other synthetic organic chemicals. Researchers have found that these chemical culprits create havoc with our bodies by acting like the body's own estrogen hormone.
Some of the hormone imitators are even stronger than estrogen in action and create an excessive estrogenic stimulation in both men and women. For men, this can manifest as lowered sperm count, feminization, impotence, and prostate or testicular cancer. For women, there is increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive disorders, including menstrual irregularity.
Two of these toxins, the insecticide DDT, and PCBs, were banned in the 1970s in this country. Unfortunately, they are still hanging around because it takes many years for them to break down. Most of the other offenders are still being used at the rate of millions of pounds every day! Even if they stopped using them today, it would take a long time for the environment to heal.
Concern is becoming so great, in fact, that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been studying the hormonal impact of thousands of chemical pollutants in our environment. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health recognize at least 50 chemicals in the environment as having this estrogenic effect.
Despite this concern, it is shocking that many of these chemicals are not even required to be tested for in public water supplies. Those with private wells are even at greater risk. Those that have these chemicals in their water may not even be aware of their presence because you may not be able to see, smell or taste them.
To play it safe, it is wise to have your water tested yourself with an independent analysis of your own undertaking. What's at stake is your and your family's health, and possibly the future of the human race. Maybe eventually they'll realize (or even care) what they are doing to the environment and our health, before the sperm counts drop to zero.
About the Author
Dr. Timothy Holcomb is a pharmacist, chiropractor and naturopathic doctor. Quick to warn anyone who will listen about the dangers of toxins in our water, air, food and house, he has been involved in nutrition and alternative health for 25 years. Visit his website at http://www.thetoxdoctor.com/
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