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May 2010

Time to move beyond salt ?

Salt hypothesis vs. reality

Is sodium bad?

April 2010

Salt studies: the latest score

From Dahl to INTERSALT

Salt hypothesis' story

March 2010

Salt war

Do bone drugs work?

Diabetes vs. drugs, 3:0?

February 2010

The MMR vaccine war: Wakefield vs. ?

Wakefield proceedings: an exception?

Who's afraid of a littl' 1998 study?

January 2010

Antibiotic children

Physical activity benefits late-life health

Healthier life for New Year's resolution


December 2009

Autism epidemic worsening: CDC report

Rosuvastatin indication broadened

High-protein diet effects


November 2009

Folic acid cancer risk

Folic acid studies: message in a bottle?

Sweet, short life on a sugary diet


October 2009

Smoking health hazards: no dose-response

C. difficile warning

Asthma risk and waist size in women


September 2009

Antioxidants' melanoma risk: 4-fold or none?

Murky waters of vitamin D status

Is vitamin D deficiency hurting you?


August 2009

Pill-crushing children

New gut test for children and adults

Unhealthy habits - whistling past the graveyard?


July 2009

Asthma solution - between two opposites that don't attract

Light wave therapy - how does it actually work?

Hodgkin's lymphoma in children: better alternatives


June 2009

Hodgkin's, kids, and the abuse of power

Efficacy and safety of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's:
behind the hype

Long-term mortality and morbidity after conventional treatments for pediatric Hodgkin's


May 2009

Late health effects of the toxicity of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel's true 5-year chances with the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel Hauser Hodgkin's case: child protection or medical oppression?

April 2009

Protection from EMF: you're on your own

EMF pollution battle: same old...

EMF health threat and the politics of status quo

March 2009

Electromagnetic danger? No such thing, in our view...

EMF safety standards: are they safe?

Power-frequency field exposure

February 2009

Electricity and health

Electromagnetic spectrum: health connection

Is power pollution making you sick?

January 2009

Pneumococcal vaccine for adults useless?

DHA in brain development study - why not boys?

HRT shrinks brains


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March 2007

Beef chemicals and infertility

A recent study at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York concluded that mothers eating lots of beef while expecting, risk compromising fertility of their sons (CNN, BBC). Men born by mothers consuming more than 7 beef meals a week during pregnancy had three times higher incidence - nearly 18% - of sperm concentration below the WHO (World Health Organization) sub-fertility threshold.

While the study was retrospective, depending on mothers' recollection, the correlation between the level of beef consumption and sperm quality is consistent: the higher consumption, the lover average sperm count. No other food has shown positive correlation in this respect.

The main suspect for this effect of beef on fertility are synthetic hormones used as growth stimulants by beef industry. At present, it is still legal in the U.S. to use six hormonal growth promoters, among them steroids like testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. In the EU (European Union), they are banned for nearly two decades (since 1988).

Contamination of beef with pesticides and dioxins may also be a factor, both being estrogen mimics.

This shouldn't come as a surprise. Developing fetus is most vulnerable to toxic and potentially damaging chemicals, including those that we are commonly exposed to, and consider harmless. Levels of estrogen often found in tap water alone are not very much lower than those that have been found capable of affecting fetus, to the extent of causing birth defects.

One more chemical threat, not a subject of the above study, is another contaminant present in beef - and other meat products - namely antibiotics. Exposure to antibiotic from the earliest age may result in lowered effectiveness of future antibiotic treatments. And the always present risk is that antibiotic-containing meat will harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are serious danger for anyone, regardless of age.

Results of this study are just another reminder that our indiscriminate and often irresponsible use of chemicals everywhere from agriculture to industry, from household cleaners to personal care, and from food processing to pharmaceutical products, takes increasingly heavy toll on public health. We are just beginning to scratch the surface of their adverse effects, and there is certainly more to come.  R