Well, good afternoon. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic. And I just wanted to take a few minutes that I have free this afternoon and share this article that came through on my newsfeed. I just have it right here on screen, I couldn’t figure out how to get myself on screen and the article on screen at the same time; it seems it was an either/or. So here we go. I’m going to just go through some of the points of this article and make my comments on them.
This article just came out a few days ago. It’s called “Why male fertility needs greater attention”. And here’s the subtitle, it says, “With sperm counts falling, the need for research into both the causes of treatments for male infertility has never been greater.” And I’ll just give you a spoiler alert. There’s kind of a clue right there in the subtitle that this article may be good for identifying the problem, but it’s not very good at all for giving useful solution. So let’s just go through at least find the good points in this article that we could use and then where we would turn to get some better practical advice for what to do for male fertility.
So right off the bat, that article starts with this great opening. It says,
“Mention the word fertility and most people immediately think of women and moms. Yet the reality is very different. Male infertility is the cause of problems in heterosexual couples in half of all cases.”
So that’s a very important statistic right off the bat. It’s essentially, what it’s saying is that when it comes to infertility, it pretty much breaks down to 50/50 as whether the cause is coming from the male side, or the female side of the couple. And here, let’s get a little more specific into the statistics it gives. On the male side, it says,
“A landmark study of thousands of men over 40 years, published in 2017 by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, showed a significant decline of more than 50 percent in sperm counts in Western men, with no sign of this decline leveling off.”
OK, so that’s quite an alarming statistic. But as we see, as we go through the article, they don’t really have much of a good recommendation for what to do about it. Other than kind of a vague general call for more research, or being careful with your lifestyle or something like that. But it’s, as we’ll see it, it’s not very good advice. And I will point you to some better advice as we get through this article. So what does this paragraph, here it says, “The study provided conclusive evidence of the decline in sperm count, but it did not seek to identify the causes.” So that seems a problem right off the bat. It’s fine to know there’s a problem. But we want not only to know the causes, but also their solution. Even now, the reasons for the fall remain elusive. There is some evidence that it is caused by environmental factors such as exposure to chemicals through what we eat and drink, or the poor quality of the air we breathe in towns and cities. OK, well, that’s kind of almost like a truism in the sense, but it’s a little bit vague. We all kind of know we have toxicity and we have some problems, but it’s still not really very helpful there.
Here it’s talking about, I’m just scrolling down here, it’s talking about some of the key parameters that are being measured in sperm health and identifies three, that names them the “sperm count”, the sperm “motility”, ie, “can they swim”, and “morphology”, or “are they the right shape”. And, actually, this is a very interesting point here, just scrolling down some more. This is actually, and we’ve seen this is true in the clinic that for some reason, disproportionate amount of attention goes to the woman in fertility cases, and little to none in the men. Now, of course, sometimes a couple will come in where they know there’s a sperm count problem, or something like that, that had testing. And then they kind of will focus on the men. But generally, they don’t go there all too often, even though as we know, from the statistic above, it’s pretty much a 50/50 deal that’s going on. So what it says here, I wanted to read to you,
“The woman actually acts as the therapy for the men’s problem. We are giving an invasive procedure to a person who doesn’t need it, in order to treat another person. That doesn’t happen in any other branch of medicine.”
So yeah, it’s certainly a very interesting phenomena that’s going on with this disproportionate focus on the woman and infertility cases.
So here if I scroll down to “What factors affect male fertility?”, “focused on sperm biology and drug discovery for male subfertility.” So I just wanted to highlight that because, of course, in the in the Western medical model, all attention goes into drug therapies and other invasive therapies, which of course, are sometimes necessary, but in our experience, we get a lot of success in couples using our natural methods for fertility long before anyone even needs to think about going to drugs. So it’s certainly our advice to not rush to drugs, of course, use them when they’re absolutely necessary. But yeah, we’ve had much more success on the natural route. And actually, if you haven’t yet seen our book, you can download our fertility book for free. We have that available at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. You can get your free copy there and it basically gives all the approaches that we use for enhancing natural fertility.
So just to go further down in the article, it says here,
“Having problems with ejaculation can impact fertility if sperm cannot reach the egg for it to be fertilised. Examples of ejaculatory disorders include premature ejaculation, retrograde ejaculation, where semen is ejaculated into the bladder, as well as failure to ejaculate.”
So on this point, so that’s fine, it identifies the problem, but as to the whole scope of this article isn’t really offering a solution. And again, if you turn to our Natural Fertility book, and specifically in Chapter 8, we give some very specific outlines as what’s going on in basically sexual health for the whole couple, and how these problems can largely be eliminated, again, through the natural methods and again, you can find our book for free at NaturalFertilityBook.com.
And what does it say here, “Male fertility needs to be made a greater priority.” So it says, “Healthy lifestyle choices are among the most important and manageable ways to improve fertility.” Of course, we agree with that, although in this article, it doesn’t really give you any specifics. I mean, it talks about some some general lifestyle factors use of drugs or alcohol or things like that. But we need to get more specific. And again, in Chapter 1 of our book, you can find it, naturalfertilitybook.com. We start you on a path that gets you into all the natural lifestyle factors that bring that fertility into the range that you want and need it to be.
And finally, I do like the the closing statement in this article. “Men,” it says, “also need to be aware that just as they share responsibility with women for birth control, they cannot leave fertility concerns to women. Men can also be the problem.” As we know from the opening of this article, it’s pretty much a 50/50 split statistically. So I just wanted to point out some of the good, some of the bad, from this article. It’s very good at identifying the problem; not so much at the solutions. And as I have here in our comments, you can go right to our website here, our NaturalFertilityBook.com. If you haven’t already, you can download a free copy of our 8 Steps To Natural Fertility. And it really outlines all the practical things that you need to do. It’s not just identifying that there’s a problem then maybe there’s some things you can do about it, but it’s actually a very step by step process.
So anyways, thank you for spending this few minutes with me. I’m going to go back to the regular business of the day. But this article really jumped out at me and I wanted to point out what was useful, what was not so useful on it. So have a good rest for your afternoon. See you later.