Pesticides In Foods Affect Male Fertility {video}

Pesticides In Foods Affect Male Fertility {video}

Toxins, pesticides, and pollutants in our environment are having an effect on fertility. In this post, I am going to focus on men’s fertility and the effect these chemicals are having on their fertility.

Facts about Male Fertility

  • Sperm counts have been cut in half in the last fifty years – and 85% of that is abnormal.
  • In the last few decades, there has been a 200% increase in male genital birth defects.
  • Male birth rates have declined. Since 1970 there have been nearly 3 million fewer baby boys.
  • The quality of sperm is declining. Eighty-five per cent of the sperm produced by a healthy male is DNA-damaged.
  • Boys have a higher incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, Tourette’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and dyslexia.

There are recent studies that are now pointing the finger at pesticides and chemicals in our water as the cause to men’s declining fertility. So now that we know the problem, what can we do about it?

1. Reduce exposure to these estrogen mimicking toxins.

  • Stop using pesticides of all sorts, bug sprays, lawn sprays. – Instead use organic treatments for your lawn and garden and natural bug sprays made with essential oils
  • Avoid exposure to solvents, plastics, cosmetics, and soaps made with petrochemical based emulsifiers – a.k.a. mineral oil. Switch to a skin care line that is safe and pure
  • Do not use mineral oil products on your body. Mineral oil is made from crude oil (the same stuff we make motor oil, gasoline, and plastics out of) and is like putting plastic on your skin.
  • Do not microwave your food in plastic. This will release the xenohormones into your food
  • Stop wearing polyester clothing (it is made out of plastic).

2. Eat organic produce, meats, and dairy.

3. Aid the liver in cleansing toxins and excess hormones.
Herbs such as milk thistle, burdock, dandelion, and yellow dock help the liver to do its job of clearing the body of excess estrogens and toxins that accumulate in the body. My two favorite herbal liver cleanse products are Liver Cleanse Tea and Liver Renew Capsules.

4. Rebuild and promote sperm health with herbs and supplements.

Men’s Multivitamin: Make sure to take a 100% whole food men’s multivitamin to make sure important vitamins and minerals (vitamin C, folic acid, zinc, and b12) are in his diet every day.

Maca: Men who use Maca have been shown to have an increase in libido and healthy sperm.

Tribulus: Tribulus helps to increase testosterone in the body. It has been proven Tribulus terrestris can increase the amount of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) produced by the body’s pituitary gland. LH stimulates the testes to secret the male hormone testosterone.

L-carnitine: It is a necessary nutrient for sperm cells to function normally. In studies supplementing with L-carnitine helps to normalize sperm motility in men with low sperm quality.

CoQ10: Acts as an antioxidant protecting the sperm cells from damage. Studies have shown a connection between CoQ10 levels and sperm health. CoQ10 has also been shown to increase sperm motility.

All of these supplements can be bought together in the Male Factor Formula Kit.


Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    How much is the kit price in Kshs?

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    what is the main reason do sperm take too long after releasing to came out?

    • Dear Naomi,

      I am not sure I understand your question. Do you mean why it takes so long for semen to come out of the vagina after ejaculation during intercourse, or do you mean reasons why it takes so long for ejaculation to happen?

  3. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

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    Hello Hither , I red all of your articles thanks alot for the helpful information I was wondering about natural ways to control menstrual pain.

    • Hi facinatingrural,

      Herbs that may be helpful in working toward reducing PMS and menstrual cramping are Vitex and Dong Quai.

      Dong Quai also has a relaxing effect on both the uterus and the nervous system. This can be helpful in situations such as PMS and cramping during your period. It’s relaxing effects are just as powerful as well known herbs lavender, chamomile, or valerian root.

      Vitex eases inflammation of the uterus or ovaries.

      During mestruation if you are experiencing painful cramping you may want to learn about the herb Crampbark. This herb is extremely effective in reducing pain due to smooth muscle cramping. An essential oil massage blend of german chamomile, sweet marjoram and clary sage may also help.

      Thank you for your kind words of support.


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    You haven’t mentioned R-alpha-lipoic acid..
    Our RE reccomends this in conjunction with the Co Q10
    Thought I’d bring your attention to this.