New book ‘Count Down’ highlights the threat that harmful chemicals pose to fertility and reproductive development
New book ‘Count Down’ by Dr Shanna Swan, published this week, highlights how exposure to hazardous chemicals is harming our fertility and reproductive development, and impacting the future of the human race.
We are exposed to many different synthetic chemicals in our daily lives, via food, water, air, and consumer products. Some of these are chemicals are known as endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs. EDCs can interfere with our body’s sensitive hormone messaging system and have been linked to negative impacts on our fertility and reproductive development.
‘Count Down’ presents some stark statistics: worldwide fertility has dropped more than 50% over the past 50 years, and a man today has half the number of sperm his grandfather had.
It also highlights how exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals during pregnancy can harm the health of future generations. For example, a mother’s exposure to a chemical called DEHP during pregnancy can disrupt reproductive organ development in baby boys.
Read more about the health impacts related to exposure to EDCs.
‘Count Down’ provides information on how to protect your reproductive health and the reproductive health of your future child. For more information on how to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals, take a look at CHEM Trust’s website, which provides information on chemicals in food and food packaging, cosmetics, furniture, cleaning products, till receipts, and baby products.
‘Count Down’ was written by Dr Shanna Swan and co-writer Stacey Colino. Dr Swan is a leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologist. She has studied the decline in sperm count around the world and the impact of chemicals on reproductive and brain development for over twenty years. Stacey Colino is an award-winning writer, who specialises in health, psychology, and environmental issues.
Read more about ‘Count Down’ and where to buy it here.