I was going to start this post by saying you’ve probably heard about the unexplained decline in either sperm count, testosterone or both in developed countries but, having mentioned this to various friends, I’ve realised that many know nothing about it. Surprising, right? It’s not like it’s gone unreported. It has indeed been reported – but very much in a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ kind of way. The odd small column in a newspaper, or short piece in Google’s news aggregator. It should really be bigger news, because the facts are beyond alarming.
Sperm counts have plunged by nearly 60 per cent in just 40 years among men living in the West, according to various studies. Generational decline in testosterone has been clearly demonstrated in other studies. Here’s a visual clearly showing the decline:
Why might this be under-reported? Well, my suspicion is it’s not really seen as a problem by government or the medical industry. In fact, quite the opposite. I know men who, concerned by what they felt was a decline in their testosterone levels, were told by their doctors following testing their lower than average levels were nothing to worry about.
Now, I couldn’t say if this is because doctors are more concerned with life and death situations rather than a ‘loss of vigour’ as it were – but what is beyond doubt is that amongst other things, there is a war on masculinity in the Anglosphere and Western Europe. It’s beyond the scope of this post and really, this site to go into detail about this, but anyone familiar with the term ‘toxic masculinity’ will understand. Feminist ideology, which could most often be more accurately described as anti-male ideology, has made its way into popular culture via music and TV shows (pushing of empowered, independent, ballsy female characters) Hollywood (replacing formerly male superheroes with female versions, petite women beating the shit out men three times their size) advertising (men looking like imbeciles alongside sassy knowing women), education (teaching feminism, ‘rape culture’ in schools and universities) and politics (legislation giving women preferential treatment over men in many arenas including divorce, rape accusations, and more).
Again I don’t want to go into all this too much – it’s probably not news to most of you – but the reason I mention it here is because I suspect declining testosterone is probably seen as a positive in many quarters. Just take the concluding paragraph of this Forbes article:
“Ultimately, it’s impossible to pigeonhole what’s happening to masculinity as wholly positive or negative. The strongest objections come from critics who believe men and women are naturally built for traditional roles—or from those who argue that toxic chemicals are wreaking havoc on men’s health. Those who believe traditional gender roles are dysfunctional, however, welcome moving past them. A less testosterone-laden world might be less aggressive and more emotionally expressive.”
It seems the writer Mr Neil Howes is happy not to be the man his father was.
Articles and sentiments like this are far from outliers. As for sperm count – well, those who would be indifferent at best, or cheer at worst the declining levels in men, are probably not on the ‘pro-life’ side of the abortion debate, and therefore don’t see declining birthrates in the West as a problem. Certain beliefs and ideologies do tend to be clustered.
I won’t go as far as to suggest plummeting testosterone levels and sperm counts are being engineered by governments on purpose – but I leave no explanation off the table. It should be noted that these declines are only happening in the West.
Lack of explanation for dramatic decline in testosterone
What’s the cause? Officially, they don’t know. “The reasons for the decline remain unclear”, says this Reuters article about testosterone decline, although there are various theories. I’ve read a fair few articles suggesting that ‘modern, sedentary lifestyles’ are likely responsible. This is absolute rubbish. If anything, people are healthier today – they smoke less, and millennials prefer the gym to going to the pub. Indeed, the researchers from this study concluded that
“the decline in testosterone ‘does not appear to be attributable to observed changes in explanatory factors, including health and lifestyle changes such as smoking and obesity.’ “
Lack of explanation for dramatic decline in sperm count
“Pesticides, hormone-disrupting chemicals, diet, stress, smoking and obesity have all been suggested as possible reasons behind the dramatic declines but experts say more research is urgently needed”, says this article. Although no conclusions have been drawn, I think this statement gets far closer to the truth.
There is no shadow of a doubt that in modern Western society, we are surrounded by toxins. Endocrine disruptors, oestrogens in the water supply, agro-chemicals, hormones used to treat meat, industrial food production chemicals, chemicals in cleaning products, sanitation products, grooming products, ECH leaching plastics. The air we breathe in many of our cities is still highly toxic, although I do believe this will improve as we move towards electric cars and transportation.
My aim isn’t to be alarmist or depressing – just to spread awareness. Yes, modernity has caused us to be surrounded by things which are terrible for our health. But the good news is there is a huge amount we can do to mitigate our exposure to, and shield ourselves from the adverse effects from these things. That’s exactly what this website is about, and I’ll be writing a lot about it. In the meantime, check out this fantastic article from Dr Mercola’s website about minimising your exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals.