It’s hard to get around it in today’s world, pesticides are everywhere. Even if you focus on eating organic produce over conventional choices, pesticides such as glyphosate are now being found in 60-100% of all U.S. rain and air samples as well as a large majority of groundwater samples. The ingestion of common pesticides like those used on foods and in household cleaning products are being linked to infertility in men and women. Gratefully there are natural products and food that can help detox the body from these harmful pesticides and restore the system from infertility to fertility allowing the body to conceive beyond the ‘broken link.’
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States has calculated over 6 million women as infertile. Though, of reported statistics, it is estimated that 30-40% of men are the cause of infertility in couples. What is the problem? There are many factors that contribute to not being able to conceive, including stress, diet and emotional causes; but of a growing concern is the effects pesticides are having both on sperm counts in men and the ability of women to conceive.
A study in Spain, where many pesticides used in the U.S. are banned, participants were found to have an average of 11 different pesticides in their bloodstream, some as high as 14. These pesticides are commonly found in foods and household products such as body care and cleaning products and can have an effect on the reproductive organs as well as contributing to different forms of cancer. Apparently, of the tens of thousands of pesticides used in foods and other products, only a very small percentage are actually tested for negative side effects on humans. Something doesn’t seem right about that.
The very popular Roundup herbicide has recently been receiving negative press due to studies revealing its cell-destroying capabilities at doses considered ‘safe’ by the EPA.
A concerning new study published in the journal Free Radical Medicine & Biology implicates the herbicide, and its main ingredient glyphosate, in male infertility, at concentration ranges well within the EPA’s “safe level” for food. Performed by Brazilian researchers, the study found acute Roundup exposure at low doses (36ppm, 0.036g/L) for 30 minutes induced cell death in Sertoli cells in prepubertal rat testis. Sertoli cells are known as “mother” or “nurse” cells within the testicles, as they are responsible for maintaining the health of sperm cells, and are required for normal male sexual development.
Unfortunately, no one is really ‘immune’ to pesticide toxicity, even those who eat organic food, buy environmentally ‘clean’ products and avoid herbicides and pesticides at all costs, have been shown to carry residues in their bloodstream. For 20 years, Charlotte Brody followed all the healthy guidelines she could in order to keep toxic chemicals out of her life. During a study she participated in at Mount Sinai Medical Center, scientists discovered 85 different chemicals in her blood, she was of course shocked. In newborn babies, often over 250 chemicals and pesticides are found, so really – something must be done.
First of all, as a country and a world community we need to make the shift toward the complete elimination of toxic pesticides and herbicides. There has not been proof enough in their favor to out-weigh the harm they have wreaked on both the environment and humanity at large. There are gentler ways to increase our food supply and reduce insect infestation, we just need to dedicate ourselves to a chemical-free paradigm.
Thankfully, nature seems to supply a remedy for every toxin we can create. By ingesting certain foods and supplements, our bodies are ‘triggered’ to release harmful pesticides and toxins that could contribute to infertility and other problems. Herbs and other products like cilantro, blue-green algae, chlorella, wheatgrass, bentonite clay and fruit pectin all help the body system remove harmful pesticide residues and assist in restoring natural balance. For the planet, the grass vetiver is an amazing plant for detoxing ground water and soil from harmful substances. The point is, we are not trapped with the mess we have made, there is hope for cleaning up this amazing world from our human greed and errors.
In the process of detoxing the body, there is likely to be a ‘cleansing’ response – akin to feeling flu-like symptoms. As one increases the intake of certain supplements, the bloodstream is used as a transporter to remove harmful chemicals from the system, this doesn’t always feel great. The goal is to recognize what is happening and not mistake the ‘yuck’ feeling for something being ‘wrong.’
As methods are adopted in order to detox the body from pesticide and chemical toxins, perhaps infertility rates will drop and more families will receive the joy of parenting, if it is their desire. As for the planet, she too risks infertility as we over load the ecosystem of the Earth with toxic by-products of our experimentations in the name of ‘science’ and progress. It would be wise to begin now to look at ways to remove these harmful chemicals from the groundwater, soil and atmosphere so we do not create more problems than we have already manifested on this beautiful planet. Change must begin with each one of us.
Written by: Stasia Bliss