Are Men Becoming Extinct?

(From Dr. Andrew Weil’s e-newsletter, January 29, 2008)
Across the world and across species, the male gender is in danger, according to a report released December 7, 2008, by CHEMTrust, a British organization that advocates for the protection of humans and wildlife from harmful chemicals.

The report, based on 250 studies from around the world, states that male fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals – including human beings – are being feminized by environmental pollution with several common chemicals. These include phthalates, which are used in plastic food wraps, cosmetics and other products; flame retardants and many pesticides.

It follows American research that shows baby boys born to women who were exposed to such chemicals in pregnancy have smaller penises and feminized genitals. Two worrisome reports from a story in the British newspaper The Independent add to the concern:

  • Women in communities heavily polluted with such chemicals in Canada, Russia and Italy have given birth to twice as many girls than boys. This may help explain a mysterious shift in sex ratios worldwide. Normally 106 boys are born for every 100 girls, but the ratio is slipping. It is calculated that 250,000 babies who statistically would have been boys have been born as girls instead in the U.S. and Japan alone.
  • Sperm counts are dropping quickly. Studies in more than 20 countries have shown that they have dropped from 150 million per milliliter of sperm fluid to 60 million over 50 years.

One hears a great deal in these times of economic collapse about “saddling future generations with debt,” but sadly, this legacy is even worse. Our heedless release into the environment of thousands of dangerous and largely untested chemicals is modern humanity’s greatest crime against our children. 

What can you do? Get involved with worthy advocacy groups such as CHEMtrust ( or the Pesticide Action Network ( and work to end the insane proliferation of these life-threatening substances. And on a personal level, avoid products made of or laced with “gender-bending” chemicals and opt for organic, natural foods, clothing and housewares whenever possible. Our children, and especially our sons who are yet to be born, will thank you.

About Jason

As "The Man That Men Will Talk To," Jason Fierstein, MA, LPC is a private practice counselor and psychotherapist for men and couples in the greater Phoenix, Arizona, area. He works with struggling men to find happiness in their lives, and with their wives.
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