There have been countless studies and news reports that identify the skyrocketing prevalence of health issues plaguing our society…Diabetes, Cancer, Autoimmune diseases..the list is endless. WHY?
One would assume with modern medicine and technology we would see an improvement in our health care rates rather than experiencing these increasing statistics of illness?
Not sure what the current figures are?
Here’s a few to spark your curiosity…
1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, I in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 in 13 will be diagnosed with bowel cancer. Let’s go straight to the big picture.
1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 85 years old.
Think about your immediate family, your extended family and add your friends and colleagues and do the numbers on that group. How many in your circle will be diagnosed with cancer by the time you are 85?
Sperm concentrations in Western men have declined by more than 50 percent over the past 40 years, according to a major new study led by Israeli researchers.
I have been declaring a ratio of 1 in 8 couples having difficulties conceiving until I did my research for this article and I was shocked it had declined so quickly. It’s now down to 1 in 6. Here are a few updated statistics:
- One in six couples is infertile. In 40 percent of cases the problem rests with the male, in 40 percent with the female, ten percent with both partners, and in a further ten percent of cases, the cause is unknown.
- Fertility problems strike one in three women over 35.
- One in 25 males has a low sperm count and one in 35 is sterile.
- For healthy couples in their twenties having regular unprotected sex, the chance of becoming pregnant each month is 25 percent.
- The chance of conceiving in an IVF cycle is on average around 20 percent (but varies due to individual circumstances).
- More than one percent of births in Australia involves the use of assisted reproductive technologies.
There are over 80 different autoimmune diseases, ranging from common to very rare. These diseases can be localised to a single organ or tissue, or generalised (systemic), affecting many body organs and tissues.
There have been links identified between certain medications to lupus and other autoimmune syndromes. Noted: these are temporary conditions that resolve when the medication is removed.
There are now over 70 such medications which have been reported related to these autoimmune conditions. Interest continues to grow in the potential for environmental substances to cause these syndromes.
It’s a staggering 20% of Australians who now experience allergic reactions. Interestingly 10% of infants in Australia now have an immediate food allergy.
What are we doing wrong?
There has been increasing professional and public concern about the increase in the incidence of Autism and Attention Deficit (ADHD) over the last decades. Here are the alarming statistics:
- In the 1950s it was estimated that 1 in 25,000 children was diagnosed with Autism.
- In 1970s and 1980s, about one in 2,500 children were diagnosed.
- In 2000, the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the prevalence of Autism had reached 1 in 150 children.
- In 2004 this figure had reached 1 in 125 children.
- In 2006 The figure was one in 110 children.
- In 2008 this figure reached 1 in 88.
- In March 2013, the US National Health Statistics Report indicated that 1 in 50 children across the US was diagnosed with Autism.
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of statistics available post-2014, only those that identify a rate within a particular age group.
The Australian Institute Health & Wellness have identified that 1 in 35 Australian children in the 5-14 age group is on the Autism Spectrum. And according to Dr Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, in reference to GMOs back in 2014 has referred to the increase of statistics ..“At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.” This article is a very interesting read!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
We are already aware that substances that we use every day contain ingredients that are toxic and harmful to us and wildlife. Researchers are finding that although the effects of a single chemical may not be deadly, combinations of chemicals in our environment can be more potent. Pesticides are regulated one by one, but in the environment, they can mix with other pesticides and such mixtures are not regulated.
It’s important to minimise your exposure to toxic chemicals across all aspects of your life. Especially for babies and children as they are more vulnerable than adults. More information : The Shopping Tsunami of Parenthood – Beware Harmful Chemical
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