Continued Rise in "Processed Foods"-geared Western Diet Equals Serious Decline in Sperm Count Levels
Garden City Park, New York: According to a recent CBS News article, a new study published this week in the July 25th issue of the journal Human Reproduction Update shows a continued drop in sperm counts among men throughout the majority of Western countries.
This new study, the largest done to date working from 185 studies between 1973 and 2011 and covering nearly 43,000 men—has been led by environmental medicine professor/senior researcher Shanna Swan at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. It was twenty-five years ago that the first study to observe a decline in sperm count appeared in 1992—when it was discovered that overall sperm counts for men in the West had declined 50 percent over 50 years. As reiterated in the CBS News article by Dr. Avner Hershlag, the chief of Northwell Health Facility in the Long Island enclave of Manhasset, New York, “Modern men still have 66.4 million sperm per millimeter of semen, compared with 92.8 million per millimeter from men tested nearly four decades ago.”
What could be causing this problem, one might ask? Well, while the researchers state that they have yet to isolate one single reason for this sudden drop in male sperm count, they all do agree that a bevy of unhealthy modern lifestyle choices reside at the heart of the matter. In particular, according to the work of former Food & Drug Administration (FDA) investigator and new author Dr. Renee Dufault (Unsafe at Any Meal, Square One, $16.95 USD), the strong prevalence of unhealthy eating habits and poor nutrition choices at play in America's predominantly "processed-foods" geared Standard American Diet (SAD) are as responsible for this worrisome situation as are the man-made chemicals—toxic levels of heavy metals like mercury and arsenic among others, to be precise—that Dr. Dufault discovered, to her dismay, were being allowed into a number of processed foods by the FDA.
When Dr. Dufault brought the findings of her investigation to her superiors at the FDA, as she explains in her new book, the details of her findings were shunned and shuffled
aside—right up until the time when her superiors demanded simply that she cease conducting any of her research. A scientist of conviction and proud veteran member of the U.S. military, Dr. Dufault opted in January 2008 for an early retirement from the FDA and made the swift decision to bring her findings to the public and serve as founder and executive director of the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute (FIHRI)—a nonprofit organization devoted to food ingredient safety, education, and research.
Unsafe at Any Meal, has crystallized her impassioned approach to public health, and has already been positively reviewed by Publishers Weekly (“[Dufault] portrays a federal food safety system rife with ineffective regulations and practices that have left an unknowing American public vulnerable to food contaminants”); Library Journal (“offers an illuminating perspective on food safety in America, presenting the information in an easy-to-understand manner and providing definitions where necessary for laypeople”; and Midwest Book Review (“Extensive references and an index [that] round out this ‘must-have’ for health-conscious consumers. Highly recommended!”) among others.
So before you eat yet another of those toxic health bombs that our mainstream media continue to celebrate with oodles of ad dollars and promotional campaigns, think again about
how much more damage this Western diet can continue to do to our national sperm count and our future generations of children and grandchildren. Unsafe at Any Meal is a wake-up call, and the key to a healthier life—not just for men, but for the women and the children who love them.