For a long time many people have been concerned about harmful chemicals found in products we use on a daily basis such as our food, cleaning products and personal care items. Some of these chemicals are known to be potentially carcinogenic and / or hormone disruptors, but manufacturers argue that they are used in such small quantities they are harmless. Many scientists and CAM practitioners believe the biggest problem is the interaction these chemicals have with each other: potentially a chemical cocktail time bomb causing all sorts of problems for both the individual and the environment.
One of Britain’s leading reproductive biologists, Professor Richard Sharpe, says these ‘everyday’ chemicals are leading to an increase in birth defects, testicular cancer and falling sperm counts.
As the foetus is so vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals, Professor Sharpe is warning pregnant women to make lifestyle changes that will reduce the risk of chemical damage to their unborn child.
7 per cent of British boys are born with partially descended testes; seven in 1000 with malformed genitals; one in six men in the UK has a low sperm count and will struggle to father a child; and testicular cancer cases among men in their 20s and 30s has been doubling every 25 years.
The message is clear: AVOID CHEMICALS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IN YOUR FOOD, MAKE-UP, PERSONAL CARE AND CLEANING MATERIALS.