When considering pregnancy, there are many factors to include. Finance, relationship health, career paths and so forth are all looked at. Very few people, however,consider the toxic burden of both the mother and father when planning a pregnancy.
Infertility is becoming more frequent and it has been suggested that over 10% of the world's population needs assistance to conceive with the aid of I.V.F. In the UK alone, over 4 million births are attributed to I.V.F. treatment and in 2008 over30,000 couples had treatment. This does not include the tourists that visit other countries like the Czech Republic to buy I.V.F. treatments- these numbers are undocumented.
So, why is that such a natural process should be causing us so many difficulties? It is because the toxins and chemicals that we are subjected to mimic the bodies hormonal procedures and interfere with finely-tuned mechanisms that result in fertilisation.
Toxins decrease sperm levels, and they poison the eggs and sperm. They prevent the body from maintaining itself so that conception can take place. They contribute to increased rates of miscarriage.
Once pregnancy has occurred, any toxins that the mother has been accumulating over her life time are highly likely to pass across the placenta, and be absorbed by the foetus. This has been linked to many behavioural disorders and immune deficiencies like asthma, allergies and cancers.
When a mother is breast feeding, the toxins that have been sequestered into the fat stores in the breast are then mobilised and fed to the baby. With a very immature metabolism, the new-born cannot synthesise the toxins, and thus they can damage the new-born at a vulnerable time.
We are faced with growing numbers of infertility, miscarriages, birth defects, behavioural disorders and illnesses at unprecedented rates. A natural function of life is to be able to reproduce, and yet so many of us are struggling to do so.
How can we alleviate some of the issues to do with fertility and healthy reproduction? More and more people are becoming aware of the link between toxins and infertility or issues around being able to conceive. It seems that if the body is able to rid itself of the toxins, the hormonal systems can be restored and fertility becomes easier, although it is never guaranteed.
Written by Caroline Nettle
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