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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
PMID: J Neurosci Res. 2012 Feb ;90(2):508-17. Epub 2011 Oct 17. PMID: 22002568 Abstract Title: Huperzine A alleviates synaptic deficits and modulates amyloidogenic and nonamyloidogenic pathways in APPswe/PS1dE9 transgenic mice. Abstract: Huperzine A (HupA) is a potent acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (AChEI) used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recently, HupA was shown to be active in modulating the nonamyloidogenic metabolism of-amyloid precursor protein (APP) in APP-transfected human embryonic kidney cell line (HEK293swe). However, in vivo research concerning the mechanism of HupA in APP transgenic mice has not yet been fully elucidated. The present study indicates that the loss of dendritic spine density and synaptotagmin levels in the brain of APPswe/presenilin-1 (PS1) transgenic mice was significantly ameliorated by chronic HupA treatment and provides evidence that this neuroprotection was associated with reduced amyloid plaque burden and oligomeric -amyloid (A) levels in the cortex and hippocampus of APPswe/PS1dE9 transgenic mice. Our findings further demonstrate that the amelioration effect of HupA on A deposits may be mediated, at least in part, by regulation of the compromised expression of a disintegrin and metalloprotease 10 (ADAM10) and excessive membrane trafficking of -site APP cleavage enzyme 1 (BACE1) in these transgenic mice. In addition, extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1/2 (Erk1/2) phosphorylation may also be partially involved in the effect of HupA on APP processing. In conclusion, our work for the first time demonstrates the neuroprotective effect of HupA on synaptic deficits in APPswe/PS1dE9 transgenic mice and further clarifies the potential pharmacological targets for this protective effect, in which modulation of nonamyloidogenic and amyloidogenic APP processing pathways may be both involved. These findings may provide adequate evidence for the clinical and experimental benefits gained from HupA treatment.
The podcast this week is all about baby movement in the womb. This podcast is all about movement; when do babies start to move? When do we actually feel it, on average? What other factors influence how much baby movement we feel and what is normal? I share some helpful information as well as my...
by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News
BPA or Bisphenol A is a type of synthetically produced plastic derived from processing natural hydrocarbon fuels such as coal and crude oil. Its often used for making polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins to coat the inner linings of metal food containers.
BPA is a synthetic endocrine disruptor capable of creating hormonal imbalances by mimicking or partially mimicking hormones, especially estrogen, that can lead to certain cancers, neurological disorders, compromised immune systems, and cause fertility and gender issues with women and men.
It was chemically created in the late 1800s but not used commercially until the plastic industry began using it during the 1950s.
Concerns among health-conscious people have motivated food processors to claim their containers are BPA free.
But BPA substitutes, such as BPS and other bisphenol compounds are not mentioned when food and beverage processors make their BPA free claims.
Scientists outside the plastics industry are raising concerns that BPS and other related biphenol compounds create the same hormonal issues as BPA.
This most recent mouse study report, Replacement Bisphenols Adversely Affect Mouse Gametogenesis with Consequences for Subsequent Generations, was published September 13th, 2018, by the journal Current Biology with the following highlights:
(Editors Note: Very little education has been done on this topic so we are posting this story in the hopes that we can educate anyone who is pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. Please share this story with everyone you love so that we can see this practice eradicated.) In 2006, Katarina Rivers had a 
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After a tumultuous week of Senate hearings, Brett Kavanaughs Supreme Court confirmation could hinge on the swing votes of two moderate Republicans.
The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on Kavanaughs confirmation Thursday, but amid recent sexual assault allegations against the judge, the vote is postponed.
Among the many issues discussed during last weeks confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh was repeatedly questioned about his stance on abortion and Roe v. Wade, a landmark Supreme Court decision that granted women the constitutional right to abortions.
Kavanaugh acknowledged that Roe v Wade is precedent, but refused to answer whether hed overturn the decision if appointed to the Court.
Of the two swing voters, Collins has received much attention since she is one of few pro-choice Republicans.
Following her election in 1996, Collins publically supported Roe v. Wade, voted against anti-abortion policies numerous times and received thousands of dollars from pro-abortion rights groups and individuals.
Nine months is a long time to wait to meet somebody you're already falling in love with. You might be desperate to meet the baby growing in your belly. Or perhaps youd like a little more time to prepare for your new life as a mama. Either way, youve probably already spent hours imagining what your baby will look like. You might have compared baby photos of you and your partner, secretly deciding whose features, hair and smile you want your little one to inherit. Above all, youre probably desperate to know whether the baby is a boy or a girl. You might be waiting impatiently for your 20 week scan. And even if youve decided not to find out before the birth, theres probably a part of you thats longing to know. Even so, your friends and family are already trying to guess what youre having. They probably have different theories and methods for working out whether your baby will be a boy or a girl. Its important to remember none of these methods is going to have more than a 50% chance of getting it right. Even gender scans dont have 100% accuracy. There are plenty of anecdotes about parents turning up at the hospital with the perfect girls name only to have a little boy to pop out. The best way to determine the sex of your baby is to wait until he or she is born and take a peek. In fact, it's really the only way to be completely sure. If you cant wait that long, though, you can try some other ways of determining the sex.
PMID: J Cell Biochem. 2018 Jun 22. Epub 2018 Jun 22. PMID: 29932247 Abstract Title: Protective properties of Huperzine A through activation Nrf2/ARE-mediated transcriptional response in X-rays radiation-induced NIH3T3 cells. Abstract: Huperzine A (HupA), derived from Huperzia Serrata, has exhibited a variety of biological actions, in particular neuroprotective effect. However, the protective activities of HupA on murine embryonic fibroblast NIH3T3 cells after X-rays radiation have not been fully elucidated. Herein, HupA treatment dramatically promoted cell viability, abated a G0/G1 peak accumulation, and ameliorated increase of cell apoptosis in NIH3T3 cells after X-rays radiation. Simultaneously, HupA notably enhanced activities of anti-oxidant enzymes, inhibited activity of lipid peroxide, and efficiently eliminated production of reactive oxygen species in NIH3T3 cells after X-rays radiation. Dose-dependent increase of antioxidant genes by HupA were associated with up-regulated Nrf2 and down-regulated Keap-1 expression, which was confirmed by increasing nuclear accumulation, and inhibiting of degradation of Nrf2. Notably, augmented luciferase activity of ARE may explained Nrf2/ARE-mediated signaling pathways behind HupA protective properties. Moreover, expression of Nrf2 HupA-mediated was significant attenuated by AKT inhibitor (LY294002), p38 MAPK inhibitor (SB202190) and ERK inhibitor (PD98059). Besides, HupA-mediated cell viability, and ROS production were dramatically bated by LY294002, SB202190, and PD98059. Taken together, HupA effectively ameliorated X-rays radiation-induced damage Nrf2-ARE-mediated transcriptional response via activation AKT, p38, and ERK signaling in NIH3T3 cells.
In a study conducted on 500 pregnant women, the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, and the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST) has found that the intake of water with high fluoride content is linked to anaemia in Malwa. Anaemia is characterised by a deficiency of red blood cells and low haemoglobin production.
The study is titled Assessment of urinary fluoride level in pregnant women of rural Punjab and its effects on pregnancy.
In rural areas, mainly in Malwa, 100 per cent pregnant women are having fluoride levels higher than the permissible limit (1 mg per litre) and 78 per cent of them are anaemic, a major cause of maternal morbidity and mortality.
The study reveals that a majority of the people (over 90 per cent) consume water with fluoride content above the permitted level, making them prone to anaemia.
At least 33 of the 500 women patients covered under the study had either missed abortion or malformed foetus in second trimester of pregnancy. The fluoride level in the urine of these patients was more than 2mg/L.
While the fluoride level in 118 women showed it more than 1-2 mg/L, in 159 women, this level was more than 2-3mg/L. In 243 patients, it was found more than 3 mg/L.
The testing of water source from eight villages in the periphery of Faridkot showed higher levels of fluoride. The maximum level (2.1-3.3 mg/L range) has been found in hand pumps. In tap water, this range is between 1.9-2.8 mg/L.
Nearly 125 of the 500 pregnant women, who were tested, were from Machaki Mal Singh, Dashmesh Nagar, Kameana, Pipli, Rajuwala, Ariyanwala, Bazigar Basti and Chahal villages.
Among these 125 women, flouride level was tested in the range of 2-3 mg/L in 84 women, more than 3 mg/L in 16 and 1-2 mg/L in 25.
Excess fluoride seems to be intricately linked to anaemia, said the doctors associated with the study Dr Lajya Goyal, a gynaecologist in Faridkot, and Dr Dapinder Kaur Bakshi of the PSCST.
Lowering fluoride from their diet and water and putting them on a nutritious food regime could restore the haemoglobin level of these women, said Dr Raj Bahadur, Vice Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, and a noted spinal surgeon. Excess fluoride could adversely affect haemoglobin production through multiple ways. It destroys intestinal lining, affecting nutrient absorption in the gut. This could limit iron absorption even when the diet is rich in iron, he said.
The university will educate the people to shun the use of rock salt and drink water...
In a publicly financed health care system it should not be necessary for women to purchase private support in order to have a positive birth experience. If the choice of place of birth is legally up to the woman, the health care system should have the resources to accommodate this wish. (Nygaard & Kesmodel 2018).
Thats one of the conclusions of an editorial in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, in which Siv Steffen Nygaard and Ulrik Schiler Kesmodel discuss why home births are gaining in popularity in some countries, look at the evidence of safety (and why this is so hard to gather, given the current focus on over-valuing evidence from randomised controlled trials) and how professional background influences the debate.
The authors acknowledge that it isnt just about place:
Some studies point toward the comfort of having a known midwife present during the entire course of birth, of giving birth in a homely environment, and having more control and decisionmaking power throughout the process as important to many women. The positive effect of continuous care has previously been well established in the scientific literature, showing that women who had continuous support during childbirth were more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth and shorter labour, and less likely to have intrapartum analgesia, cesarean section and instrumental vaginal birth. (Nygaard & Kesmodel 2018).
If youre interested in reading more, the full article is available here...
September 17th, 2018 By Andy Coghlan Guest writer for Wake Up World Many plastic bottles are sold as BPA-free meaning they dont contain bisphenol A, an ingredient known to disrupt reproduction in mice. But now it seems that the additives used in place of BPA are potentially just as harmful. The discovery could mean that the 
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