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Wednesday, 19 September


Phthalate Exposure Threatens Human Survival "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

By Dr. Mercola

Infertility has become increasingly pervasive in recent decades. In Sperm Count Zero,1 GQ Magazine discusses this troubling fact, noting the situation has become so dire that within a generation we may lose the ability to reproduce entirely.

The article highlights research2,3 published last year, which found total sperm counts in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand dropped by nearly 60 percent between 1973 and 2013. (South American, Asian and African men had no noticeable decline, although this discrepancy could be due to the smaller sample sizes obtained from those countries.)

The paper in question was a meta-analysis of 185 studies and the largest of its kind. In a nutshell, men in many areas of the world are producing less semen overall, and the semen they do produce contains fewer sperm. Whats worse, the researchers found no evidence to suggest this downward trend is leveling off. As noted by GQ:

Sperm counts went from 99 million sperm per milliliter of semen in 1973 to 47 million per milliliter in 2011, and the decline has been accelerating. Would 40 more years or fewer bring us all the way to zero?

Aside from the implications this has on the human species as a whole, reduction in sperm production is also a warning sign that mens health is in serious jeopardy, as poor semen quality has been linked to a number of other health issues, including a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and early death. Researchers also warn that men are becoming increasingly less male overall.

Testosterone Levels Are Dropping Too

Along with sperm, mens testosterone levels have dropped in recent decades as well, and exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in utero and beyond appears to be a driving factor.4 GQ reports:...


SIDS Rate Has Risen In UK For The First Time In Three Years "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

SIDS Rate Rises In UK For The First Time In Three Years

In the United Kingdom, the SIDS rate has risen for the first time in three years. The number of babies dying due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), or other unexplained causes, has increased, according to recent data. New statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show an increase in SIDS in 2016. Infant deaths related to SIDS are tracked, so as to research the most effective ways to assess risk factors, and reduce the risk of SIDS. The ONS figures show an increase from 195 SIDS related deaths in 2015, to 219 SIDS related deaths in 2016. In most developed countries, the overall risk of SIDS remains low, with rates near or below 1 in 1,000. Any rise in the number of deaths, however, is a public health concern. Why? Because research shows there are many ways to reduce the overall risk of SIDS. Although SIDS related deaths are not preventable in all cases, its important to reduce risks wherever possible.

SIDS Rate Has Risen In UK For The First Time In Three Years

The Lullaby Trust is a registered charity in the UK. It is dedicated to researching SIDS and educating the public, in an effort to reduce SIDS rates. Any death is of major concern, but when we see an increase in the number of deaths due to one particular cause, its important to investigate the reasons. By following SIDS rates closely, professionals can better understand potential risk factors, monitor the efficiency of public health campaigns and education, and come up with new ways to bring SIDS rates down again. The Lullaby Trust organisation is concerned that growing inequality, recent cuts to public health funds, and a lack of parental support might be having a direct impact on the rise in SIDS. We are deeply concerned by the increased SIDS rate in England and Wales. The previous downward trend in SIDS deaths has been largely attributed to increased awareness of safer sleep advice, so it is essential that this remains a top priority for local authorities and all professionals working with families. "SIDS rates are highest in the most deprived areas and we worry that pressures on local authorities public health budgets and the increasing number of families being pushed into poverty will lead to slower progress, or even further increases in the number of deaths. "We urge local authorities to ensure there is adequate funding for health visitors and early years staff who provide crucial safer sleep advice to families with new babies, said Francine Bates, CEO of The Lullaby Trust. A 2016 study found 91% of parents placed their one month old infants in unsafe sleep situations,...


Red Cross Blood Service Opens Breast Milk Bank In South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Red Cross Blood Service Opens Breast Milk Bank In South Australia

Premature babies born in South Australia will be able to access donated breast milk after the launch of a new breast milk bank, operated by the Red Cross. SA Health has partnered with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to run the milk bank for the next three years. Vulnerable babies in the neonatal intensive care units (NICU) at Flinders Medical Centre and the Womens and Childrens Hospital will be eligible to access the pasteurised milk.

Why Donated Breast Milk?

Premature babies can have serious health challenges at birth; this often affects their ability to breastfeed directly from their mothers. Some mothers find their efforts to express breast milk are unsuccessful. In these cases, mothers need to find alternative ways to provide nutrition for their vulnerable babies.

The benefits of breast milk for premature babies 

Theres little argument from health experts: breast milk is perfectly and uniquely designed to fulfil all babies nutritional needs. Premature babies especially benefit from breastmilk, as they often have serious health problems to overcome. Their digestive systems are immature and breastmilk is much easier to digest than infant formula. Important benefits of breast milk:
  • Breast milk contains lipase, which helps prematures babies to absorb the fat more easily, aiding their growth and development.
  • Breast milk has lactose, which helps premature babies to absorb minerals.
  • Oligosaccharide in breast milk prevents the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestine. This reduces the risk of necrotising enterocolitis when parts of the bowel experience tissue death.
  • It offers protection against infections and illnesses, such as sepsis, meningitis, pneumonia and bronchiolitis.
  • Breast milk has future benefits, such as improved cognitive functioning and a reduced risk of ongoing health problems, which are always a concern in low weight and premature babies.

Is Donated Breast Milk Safe?

Milk banks have very strict regulations with regard to the screening and processing of milk donations. Donors are screened for infections that can be passed through breast milk. They are also asked about any existing health conditions, their use of medications, and their alcohol and caffeine consumption. Women who have certain health conditions, take some medications, and drink small amounts of coffee or alcohol are not necessarily ruled out as donors. Donor milk is tested for bacteria and then pasteurised most commonly by being heating to...


Two Out Of Three Babies Born En Caul During Triplet Birth! "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Awesome! Yesterday we birthed the triplets! And Joaquim was born veiled (when the waters/sac does not break). We were delighted. But then came Adeline she was also born en caul, and left us all admiring her as she slept soundly. We stayed (that way) for 7 minutes observing her behavior as if it were still inside her belly. Its the magic of life. The perfection of God!! @dr.rodrigorosa


The Sun Is Shining Through: A Peaceful Home Birth "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Ive been floating on that post-birth cloud that only the miracle of new life brings. Soon enough, or perhaps it is happening already, I will slowly float back to the ground as Holden and I navigate the fourth trimester together.

The joy, pain, awe, intensity, shock, and gratitude of Holdens birth are still so near to me. Andrew and I have been like cloud gazers pointing to the sky and marveling at the shapes and patterns displayed as we recall his birth.

The clouds are slowly drifting to make room for new stories and memories to be formed.

April 22 2017

6:30 AM
It was an ordinary Saturday that began as most do. We woke with more ease and less rush. I had already surpassed 37 weeks and 5 days which was when our first son was born so I adjusted my mindset for this pregnancy to not anxiously anticipate labor any moment until closer to 42 weeks so that I would patiently wait for this babys own timing.

9:23 AM
My MIL texts me: Are you feeling anything? Contractions?

I respond: No contractionshe feels lower though. I could see going into labor tonight or being pregnant for weeks still hahaI have no idea anymore.

I was 38 weeks and five days. Andrew and I took Eli, our two-year-old, to the aquarium in the morning and then out to lunch. We told Eli that we would get him ice cream on the way home, but he soon fell asleep in the car.

1:00 PM
Andrew and I stole spoonfuls of Elis ice cream until it was almost gone. We all laid down once we got home in the living room. Eli woke up, found his toy doctor kit, and put the stethoscope to my belly to check baby.

6:00 PM


In Policy and Practice, California Is Showing Up Our President "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Californias resistance to Donald Trump is unusual in this age of hot social media and cable television news. Our state, usually caricatured as the home of glitz, is tackling Trump in a thoughtful and policy-oriented manner that is opposite the style of the blowhard president.

Thats clear from the action and words of a couple of California politicians dealing with matters of great complexity. One is Gov. Jerry Brown, the other is Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

A three-day Global Climate Action in San Francisco last week, put together by Brown, wouldnt have held Trumps attention for more than the minute needed for him to heap scorn on the event. Nor would Trump, one of the worlds great global warming deniers, have boarded an electric-powered ferryboat to sign eight bills promoting the use of non-polluting vehicles on streets and highways, as Brown did. The governor, I bet, read them all and thought about their implications. As John Myers wrote in the Los Angeles Times, not many elected officials so quickly shift from policy to philosophy and spirituality when discussing environmental danger.

Personally, Ive always thought the glitz label applied to only a small part of California. My career spent covering crime and politicsoccasionally intertwinedimmersed me in a much grittier California, but one led by people who often showed great vision.

The visionaries, of course, needed a push by demonstrations and marchesagainst the Vietnam War, police brutality and other evils and for immigrants, better schools and womens rights.

The demonstration tradition continued with the California-based resistance to Trump. The resistance was loud and fiery in its early days. Women and men, young and old, protested Trumps anti-immigrant policies, a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, and his threat to national abortion rights, which have long been part of California law. Social media crackled. Television news homed in.

I see a change. Now, the tone of the protest is more like that of the climate summitwonky and detail-oriented. On immigration, lawyers fight Trump with complex briefs, with courtrooms more than the streets as their battlegrounds. Quiet logic has become important as California grapples with climate change, immigration, overcrowded prisons and the homelessness that is spreading throughout the state. Cable news, always restless, has gone elsewhere.

I thought of this when I watched a video of Garcettis speech Sept. 7 to the Cleveland City Club, part of a three-day swing through Ohio as he tried out his embry...

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