The CBC produced a 43 minute documentary called “ The Disappearing Male“. Good luck finding it in the United States, it’s taken down from the CBC website, and Youtube simply informs me that I can’t view this show in my country. I luckily found a torrent and got a copy to view for myself. (looks like someone uploaded to google video here)
The Disappearing Male is about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system.
Certain soft plastics have been linked to abnormal sexual reproduction and demasculization in males.
PVC plastics have a chemical called DEHP that is a reproductive toxin. PVC vinyl is used in almost all hospitals as breathing tubes.
BPA was created in 1891, but it wasn’t until the 1940’s that there begin to be commercial uses for it. That’s when scientist noticed that when given to rats, BPA would mimic estrogen. Eventually the commercial pursuit won out over health concerns and hard plastic started coming to the market.
BPA has also been linked to an increase in testicle cancer and a higher male Sterility. But we should all be aware of BPA by now, all you have to do is a simple Google search for BPA in the news and you find articles like this one.
From the USA Today on November 1, 2008. FDA decision on safety of BPA ‘flawed’.
A Food and Drug Administration advisory board voted Friday to say that the agency ignored critical evidence suggesting that a controversial plastic chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, could harm children.
Whats alarming about the disappearing male story is it’s not just BPA, it’s the whole assault on our cells, DNA, and nervous system by synthetic chemicals. Chemicals that are in shampoo, sunglasses, meat and dairy products, carpet, cosmetics and baby bottles.
These chemicals are called “hormone mimicking” or “endocrine disrupting” chemicals and they may be starting to damage the most basic building blocks of human development.
At the same time, boys are now far more at risk of suffering from ADHD, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, and dyslexia.