I have a lot of respect for Dr. Weil. He is a man of knowledge and, although I don't know everything about him, he strikes me as a person who is genuinely concerned with the well being of us and the planet.
There was a post that struck me recently on Dr. Weil's website mentioning how pollutants are causing global feminization. Excerpts were later published in the Natural Awakenings magazine in our local area.
Following is the Clif Notes version:
1. CHEMTrust, a British organization that advocates for the protection of humans and wildlife from harmful chemicals, has released a report showing a compilation of over 250 scientific studies revealing that male fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals (humans are mammals! -- so this means basically everything on the planet) are being affected by environmental pollution to the extent that they are losing their masculinity.
2. Mentioned in this study are the common culprits:
Phthalates - used in cosmetics, plastic food wraps and many other plastic products;
Flame Retardants - in a variety of materials (including furniture and clothing); and
Pesticides - used on crops, grass, bugs, etc.
3. Previously (as mentioned earlier in this blog and in Eve Organics' Dirty Dozen Ingredients Report), a U.S. study showed baby boys who were born to pregnant women exposed to the above ingredients have smaller penises and feminized genitalia.
4. The Independent, a British newspaper, also ran an article on a study which shows women living in communities heavily polluted with these chemicals in Canada, Russia and Italy have been giving birth to twice as many girls than boys as the rest of the world. Reports from more than 20 other countries show that men's sperm counts in the past 50 years have dropped from an average of 150 million per milliliter of sperm fluid to 60 million per milliliter.
Hmmmmmm. What do you think about this? Are you wondering why this kind of stuff wasn't studied before these products became so mainstream that they're everywhere now? Leave us a comment.