Country Living May Be Hazardous to Men’s Fertility

Those country boys had almost half the sperm levels of their urban counterparts, that’s remarkable. Regular exposure to Roundup and assorted herbicides and pesticides sprayed from airplanes and tractors, industrial chemicals with soil and water pollution from factories and landfills intentionally placed in the countryside so as to be out of site from urban populations that constitute 80% of our population.

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Twenty Factors That Affect Male Fertility

The average sperm count today is between 20 and 40 million per milliliter in the Western world, having decreased by 1-2% per year from a substantially higher number decades ago. Studies on declining sperm quality are surprisingly lacking and are often correlations rather than studies that prove causation. That said, most of the suggestions are healthy and easy to implements. Here are some things you can avoid that reduce sperm quality and quantity.

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Sex, Health, and Fertility in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Libido as a Barometer of Health Status

Libido is a state reflecting overall health and wellness in an organism. Low libido or sexual performance can indicate a weakened endocrine, digestive, and detoxification systems. Western correlations include adrenal exhaustion, chronic elevated stress, chronic inflammatory bowel disorders, arteriosclerosis, heart disease, poor diet, poor sleep.

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Stress puts double whammy on reproductive system, fertility

University of California, Berkeley, researchers have found what they think is a critical and, until now, missing piece of the puzzle about how stress causes sexual dysfunction and infertility.

New research shows that stress increases brain levels of a reproductive hormone named gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone, or GnIH, discovered nine years ago in birds and known to be present in humans and other mammals. This small protein hormone, a so-called RFamide-related peptide (RFRP), puts the brakes on reproduction by directly inhibiting GnRH.

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Acupuncture during IVF boosts a woman’s chance of conceiving by 65 per cent

Women having acupuncture while undergoing IVF increase their chances of getting pregnant by 65 per cent, according to new research.

Experts found evidence of success for women who had acupuncture within one day of embryo transfer.

The study, by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the US and the VU University Amsterdam, involved a review of seven published trials.

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Consumer advocates lead push for ‘green’ cosmetics –

Cosmetics are a part of the daily grooming regimen for women across the country, but now consumer advocates say your favorite lipstick or mascara may be harmful to your health.

“There’s lead acetate in hair dyes, lead in lipsticks, formaldehyde and 1, 4-dioxane in baby shampoos and other shampoos,” said Lisa Archer, co-founder and former director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and current director for the environmental group Friends of the Earth.

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