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Twin Births Have Doubled!

Posted by: Marcelle

The number of twins born in the United States has doubled in the last three decades… with one in 30 infants born in 2009 a twin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Wow, but that sounds like a real “Feel Good” story doesn’t it.  In fact, I saw this older gentleman the other day at Canadian Tire and he had the cutest twin boys following him along, dressed in their Christmas pajamas under their snow suits.  I said to him how cute his grand-kids looked.  And that got me a funny look.  “I’m not their grandfather, I’m their father” he replied.

Embarrassing or what.  When I saw Marcelle and told her about this, she said she wasn’t surprised.  Not because of my stupidity but that this was very common due to fertility procedures that are now common place.

And now Reuters confirms this with their story on twin births.

WHY HAVE TWIN BIRTHS DOUBLED IN THREE DECADES?

It is actually not a feel good story at all.  This is another “Canary in the coal mine” warning.  In actual fact, male sperm levels are dropping drastically to the point where we humans will not be able to reproduce without fertility procedures in the not too distant future! The Independent

Just keep reading what the Mayo Clinic says is the cause of this impending crisis.

Environmental causes
Overexposure to certain environmental elements such as heat, toxins and chemicals can reduce sperm production or sperm function. Specific causes include:

  • Pesticides. Some men exposed to pesticides such as ethylene dibromide and organophosphates have lowered sperm counts. Pesticide exposure has also been linked to testicular cancer. Most studies have been done on men who work in agriculture or live in agricultural areas.
  • Heavy metal exposure. Exposure to lead or other heavy metals also may cause infertility.
  • Exposure to radiation or X-rays. Exposure to radiation can reduce sperm production. It can take several years for sperm production to return to normal. With high doses of radiation, sperm production can be permanently reduced.

Health, lifestyle and other causes
Some other causes of male infertility include:

  • Illegal drug use. Anabolic steroids taken to stimulate muscle strength and growth can cause the testicles to shrink and sperm production to decrease. Use of cocaine or marijuana may temporarily reduce the number and quality of your sperm as well.
  • Alcohol abuse. Heavy drinking can lower testosterone levels, cause erectile dysfunction and decrease sperm production. Liver disease caused by excessive drinking also may cause fertility problems.
  • Tobacco smoking. Men who smoke may have a lower sperm count than do those who don’t smoke. Secondhand smoke also may affect male fertility.
  • Emotional stress. Stress may interfere with certain hormones needed to produce sperm. Your sperm count may be affected if you experience severe or prolonged emotional stress. A problem with fertility itself can sometimes become long term and discouraging, producing stress.
  • Vitamin deficiency. Deficiencies in nutrients such as vitamin C, selenium, zinc and folate may contribute to male infertility.
  • Weight. Obesity can cause hormone changes that reduce male fertility. Men who are underweight also may have reduced fertility.
  • Age. Men older than 35 begin to have a gradual decline in fertility.

The increasing number of twins is just another sign of how toxic our world has become.  And that is cause for concern.               .                                     .                                        .

 


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