The cottonwood and willow trees are budding here in southern Utah and for some reason that got me to thinking about the fact that soon farmers will be in their fields. Once they apply pesticides exposures will increase dramatically in both drinking and shower water.
In previous posts I’ve written about the links between pesticides and blood cancer and breast cancer but I wanted to point out to the men in the household that a number of pesticides have also been linked to male sexual function.
“It is telling us that the pesticides most prevalent in the human population have effects on the androgen receptor,” said Zoeller, who directs the university’s Laboratory of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Endocrinology.
“Considering all the evidence that human male reproduction is exhibiting troubling secular trends (sperm count and quality, hypospadias, cryptorchidism, testis cancer), this is highly troubling,” he said.
You can read the study here:
Here is a another brief excerpt:
‘The researchers noted “a clear disparity” between today’s most widely used pesticides and the current knowledge of their risks, “with the majority of the published literature focused on pesticides that are no longer registered for use in developed countries.”
Of the tested compounds, the most potent in terms of blocking androgens was the insecticide fenitrothion, an organophosphate insecticide used on orchard fruits, grains, rice, vegetables and other crops.’
Personally I eat organic foods whenever possible and I always drink appropriately filtered water. You can learn more about my approach to water purification on my website.