Air Pollution Risk – Infertility & Birth Defects

  • Five days of exposure to bad air pollution increases the risk of infertility, miscarriage, and birth defects . . .  Five bad days is enough to drop sperm counts on the Wasatch Front - Dr. Kirtly Jones (Jan 24, 2013 – press conference) (video here)
  • Smaller babies [are] born in regions where air pollution is higher.”  -Maisonet et al., “Relation Between Ambient Air Pollution and Low Birth Weight in the Northeastern United States,” Environmental Health Perspectives, supplement 3 (2001: 351-356).
  • “In Europe, one large study of young adolescents who lived in dense urban areas with higher levels of lead and volatile materials, such as those released by cars and factories, reported that these children had smaller testes along with reduced kidney function; those with similar backgrounds from rural areas did not suffer from such problems.”  - J.A. Staessen et al., “Renal Function, Cytogenetic Measurements, and Sexual Development in Adolescents in Relation to Environmental Pollutants: A Feasibility Study of Biomarkers,” Lancet, 357 (2001): 1660 – 1669
  • [Men] are also having difficulty becoming fathers.  Now it looks like something is wrong with baby boys.” Fewer boys are being born today than three decades ago, and more of them have undescended testes and defects in their penis.  More young men are getting testicular cancer than as recently as the early 1990s, and they are developing it at a younger age.”  - Henrik Moller, “Trends in Sex-Ratio, Testicular Cancer, and male Reproductive Hazards: Are They Connected?” Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica 106 (1998): 232-239; J. Toppari et al., “Male Reproductive Health and Environmental Xenostrogens,” Environmental Health Perspectives 104, supplement 4 (1996): 474-803.
  • From 1919 to 1986, infant deaths caused by birth defects rose from 7 to 20.5%.  Birth defects are today the leading cause of infant mortality.  - Rev. Michael D. Place, STD, Catholic Health Assembly, quoted in Health Progress, Sept-Oct 1999.
  • Researchers have linked [autism] to chemicals in air pollution.  - Environmental Health Perspectives
  • Environmental factors account for 62% of the risk of autism. - Stanford University study quoted in Common Dreams
  • “During the critical first three months of gestation a human embryo adds 250,000 brain cells per minute reaching 200 billion by the fifth month….Thousands of toxic substances can cross the placenta and impair that process, leaving brain cells stressed, inflamed, less well developed, fewer in number and with fewer connections with each other, all of which diminish brain function.”  - Stanford University study quoted in Common Dreams