fertility problems

  1. Tap water raises this risk by 500%

    Tap water raises this risk by 500%

    The most dangerous chemicals in your house aren't in your garage or basement -- they're flowing freely right from your kitchen sink.

    I don't care where you live, your drinking water is almost certainly contaminated with chemicals, hormones, drugs, toxic waste and more. And while it can wreak havoc on all sorts of bodily functions, one chemical in particular can be especially damaging to the menstrual cycle.

    If you're beyond that time of life, this will be something you'll want to pass along to your daughter.

    The chemical is called atrazine, the most commonly used herbicide in the nation, and women who live in areas where even a little bit leeches into the water are 500 percent more likely to suffer irregular menstrual cycles and 600 percent more likely to go six weeks between periods.

    Men, I'm sure you think that's just a minor inconvenience of the calendar. But in addition to giving women the stress of a pregnancy scare whenever a period doesn't arrive on time, irregular cycles are a sure sign of hormonal imbalances.

    In this case, the women suffered from dips in estrogen levels at key points in their cycles -- putting them at risk for fertility problems, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

    Ready for the worst part of this? The atrazine-laced water these women have been drinking is considered perfectly safe by the U.S. government!

    It's nuts to think that ANY amount of herbicide is safe to drink, but the feds aren't exactly known for their common-sense approach to water standards -- and atrazine is a literal drop in the bucket here.

    There are thousands of other dangerous contaminants turning up regularly in U.S. drinking water -- and most of them are completely unregulated.

    But don't rush to stock up on bottled water, and don't waste your time with little filters on your faucet.

    Head to the hardware store instead, and order a reverse osmosis filter. They're cheaper than ever and easy to install -- and they're the only guaranteed way to keep everything out of your water, including fluoride and chlorine.

    Just be sure to install it where the water enters your home, so every faucet is protected.

    For the frightening truth about the sorry state of U.S. drinking water, read the September 2009 issue of The Douglass Report. Not a subscriber? Sign up here. You'll never look at your sink the same way again.

  2. Mommy issues

    Children drugged in fertility study

    Little girls should be worried about tea parties, summer dresses, and homework -- not how well their baby-making equipment might work a decade or two down the road.

    But in a twisted experiment that never should have made it past an ethics committee, researchers pumped 8-year-old girls full of the diabetes drug metformin for four years to see how it would affect their fertility later on.

    None of the kids actually had diabetes, mind you -- so it's the researchers, and not the children, who were playing "make believe" here.

    The girls in the study all had low birth weight and early onset of pubic hair -- two risk factors for PCOS, the most common form of female infertility -- and they were compared to a second set of girls with the same risk factors who were given metformin at the age of 12 for just one year.

    By the time they reached 15, the girls who took the drug for four years were eight times less likely to show further signs of PCOS than the young ladies who took it for a year.

    Control group? Don't ask for a control group -- and don't even waste your time hoping for a comparison to young ladies given the types of dietary and lifestyle changes that have proven to beat PCOS before.

    The researchers aren't interested in any of that -- just metformin, a drug known for side effects that would shame any little girl: nausea, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea, not to mention an odor from the pills themselves that can clear a room.

    That's the best these researchers could come up with?

    Here's an idea: Let's stop turning boys and girls alike into hormonal monstrosities with soy-based foods served in BPA-lined containers -- both of which have been linked to serious fertility problems in men and women alike.

    Get back to basics instead. Serve real fresh food, especially animal fats, and no sugar. I guarantee you the rates of PCOS would plunge inside a generation -- and, even better, we'd practically eliminate type 2 diabetes.

    I know, I know -- it's a pipe dream. But to heck with everyone else -- save yourself. Make these changes today, and protect your family tomorrow.

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