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Critically Speaking

Feb 24, 2021

Infertility issues are on the rise, leading otherwise healthy young couples to seek a form of assisted reproductive technology appropriate for their particular situation. Increasing infertility has been documented for some time. And since it doesn't appear to be slowing down, it's of considerable concern. Is one sex affected more than the other? What are the long-range implications if the trend keeps going? Is it only humans that appear to be affected? And the critical question is why? In today’s episode, Therese Markow and Dr. Shanna Swan, author of the new book Count Down, answer many of these questions, including talking about the types of chemicals and other factors that may be contributing to these infertility issues.


 Key Takeaways:

  • The criteria number for good sperm (as indicated by the WHO) has dramatically decreased. There are also other criteria, such as shape, ability to swim correctly, and no chromosomal abnormalities.
  • Male and female infertility is about 50/50 for who is responsible and both should be tested just as often as the other.
  • Newborn babies are being born “pre polluted” with, up to, 100 chemicals. 
  • Figure out, if you can, to the extent you can, where your food has come from, and make it as simple as possible because that is what is going into your body.


"I'm convinced that a large proportion of the decline we're seeing is due to chemical exposures, manmade chemicals." —  Dr. Shanna Swan


Connect with Dr. Shanna Swan:

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Book: Count Down -






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Twitter: @CritiSpeak




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