26 November 2019 Posted By : Tracey Watson

Compounds in plastic linked to declines in sperm quality, quantity

(Natural News) While most of us are aware of the dangers posed by pollution, we may not be aware that our very existence is being threatened in a very different way by plastics in the environment. Could the future of the human race be hanging in the balance?

A recent study by researchers from the U.K.’s Nottingham University, published in the journal Nature, has made the alarming discovery that two chemicals commonly found in the home – diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) and polychlorinated biphenyl 153 (PCB153) – damage the quality of sperm in male humans and dogs.

Perhaps this explains why both quantity and quality of men’s sperm has been on the decline in recent years. In fact, as reported by The Guardian, average sperm counts have decreased by 50 percent over the past five decades. Even worse, the sperm that is being produced is of a low quality and is often genetically flawed.

We all know that no matter how much some people would like to insist that gender is something you can choose, and is nothing more than a social construct, the cold hard fact is that without sperm from males and eggs from females there can be no children. Are we, therefore, on the point of being wiped out as a species?

Sperm under attack

As explained by The Guardian, PCB chemicals, including PCB153, have not been used since the 1970s because of the serious risks they posed:

Companies stopped producing PCBs in the late 1970s due to their health risks – including a possible increased risk of cancer, hormone disruption, liver damage and behavioral or cognitive deficits in children exposed to the chemical in utero – but the chemical persists in the environment.

While an increase in poor lifestyle choices like smoking, drinking and being overweight have certainly contributed to the decline in sperm quantity and quality, experts are convinced that environmental toxins are also to blame.

The Nottingham University research team set out to test that theory.

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