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Infertility: handle with care

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, August 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Image: Infertility: handle with careCan these everyday household items really be blamed for an alarming rise in infertility? More and more scientists would say yes. Anna Moore looks at the facts:

THE WORST OFFENDERS

Bisphenol A
-- Originally created as a synthetic oestrogen - a man-made hormone - it was adopted by the chemical industry when it was discovered that it could make plastic light, clear and shatterproof

Found in Tin cans, plastic lunch boxes, plastic water bottles, baby bottles, mobile phones, DVDs and thousands of other products

Linked to Breast cancer, prostate cancer, male infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, miscarriage, insulin resistance and obesity

Phthalates
-- Produced in high volumes to make plastic more flexible and cosmetics smoother

Found in Children's toys, shower curtains, plastic food wrap, car interiors and beauty products

Linked to Male reproductive disorders starting in utero, and the early onset of puberty and premature breast development in girls

PBDEs
-- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers are used as flame retardants. In some countries, concentrations in human breast milk have been doubling every five years. Though most PBDEs have been banned from new products, Deca-BDE is still allowed and is very controversial

Found in Sofas, carpets, computers, televisions, mobile phones, bedding, some school uniforms and children's nightwear

Linked to Neurological impairment and liver damage in animals

PFCs
-- Chemicals with strong water- and oil-repelling qualities, which make products non-stick, waterproof and stain-proof. They do not degrade

Found in Saucepans, sofas, outdoor clothing, fast-food containers and carpets

Linked to Birth defects, immune system disorders and thyroid dysfunction

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Way of the Fertile Soul: Ten Ancient Chinese Secrets to Tap into a Woman's Creative Potential, by Randine Lewis. Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words; Original edition (November 6, 2007)The Way of the Fertile Soul:
Ten Ancient Chinese Secrets to Tap into a Woman's Creative Potential
by Randine Lewis

Being fertile and fruitful can mean giving birth to a child -- but to have a fertile soul means to give birth to the true self a woman wants to be: to live a life filled with passion, strength, joy, and adventure.

In The Way of the Fertile Soul, Dr. Randine Lewis outlines ten ancient Chinese medical and Taoist "secrets" that hold the little-known key to successfully conceiving babies, new dreams, and a fulfilling life for women at any phase in their lives.

The Way of the Fertile Soul encourages women to strive toward health, abundance, and a fruitful, joyous approach to life.

By using diagnostic questionnaires, qi gong exercises, and guided meditations to help the reader understand how the elements of nature express themselves in her body, mind, and spirit, The Way of the Fertile Soul provides the tools to greatly increase a woman's chance of conceiving, identify imbalances, reduce stress, increase energy, and uncover her intrinsic creativity and express it fully.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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