As I discussed in my previous article, the evidence is that chemicals such as PVC, flame retardants, phthalates, dioxins, PCBs and bisphenol-A are impacting the endocrine system of our bodies, and that impacts on our hormones.
These chemicals mimic the effect of estrogen and it seems increasingly likely that they hold the clue to what has been puzzling scientists for a few years. Normally, 106 boys are born for every 100 girls in most populations, but the numbers have been shifting to see more girls than boys being born and these endocrine disruptive chemicals seem to be at the heart of the problem.
Evidence of this has been seen in many diverse countries across the world, but what they have in common is that they are found in chemical-contaminated communities. In Canada, an Inuit community living on Lake Huron is surrounded by chemical factories and their birth statistics now show that two girls for every boy are being born. Whether the country is Brazil, Israel, Italy, Taiwan, the Arctic Circle, or places where people have a strong contact with these chemicals, such as workers in Russian pesticide factories, the evidence is pretty consistent.
Unfortunately these chemicals with hormone mimicking properties gradually build up in the body and are very difficult to break down in the environment so that their distribution is now virtually global.
A sad and worrying quote from the environmental group WWF said that “There is very little, if anything, individuals can do to prevent contamination of themselves and their families.”
That may be true, but if you are wanting to add a boy to your family you should do everything you can to ensure that you keep your contact with these chemicals to a minimum.