Here's the data:
- Sperm quality has plunged over 60% the last 50 years;
- Since WWII, the incidence of testicular cancer has quadrupled;
- In the 30 years since we’ve been using cell phones, testosterone levels have dropped 1% per year; and,
- As many as 52% of men (and increasingly younger men) have trouble getting or maintaining a full erection.
Modern lifestyles and environmental toxins play a role, however something else is flying under the radar.
Men's health is running head-on with a two-headed monster:
2) development of wireless technologies like WiFi routers, cell phone towers, and soon space satellites which would enable connection virtually anywhere on Earth.
Electronic devices use energy waves, or electromagnetic frequencies, to send/receive data wirelessly to/from other devices and to/from the cloud. Device antennas encode these bits of information (data) onto light waves at the microwave level identical to the microwaves used to rapidly cook food (just at a much lower intensity). Woah.
Electromagnetic radiation is real...
Over 100 published studies going as far back as 1971, including by the Naval Medical Research Institute, show the negative biological effects of electromagnetic radiation on the male testes, including damage to testicular function, abnormal hormonal function, DNA breakages on sperm, and even cell death.To put the seriousness of the issue in perspective, a study conducted in 2005 and replicated multiple times showed extremely low frequency (50Hz) radiation like that emitted by power lines causing major damage to the inner structures of testicles in rats:
In the experimental rats, boundary tissue was found disrupted at various layers. That tissue showed infoldings, which were perhaps due to the loss of collagen and reticular fibrils from the inner and outer non-cellular layers. The outer non-cellular layer, which was thinner than that of the control, was stripped away from the myoid cell layer in multiple regions, giving a "blister-like" appearance. The myoid cells showed fewer polyribosomes, pinocytotic vesicles and glycogen granules. Most mitochondria were found to lack cristae. The connections between individual myoid cells were apparently lost. There were signs of recovery in the boundary tissue following withdrawal from EMF exposure. These results suggest that EMF exposure may cause profound changes in the boundary tissue of the seminiferous tubules. Therefore exposure to EMF may result in pathological changes that lead to subfertility and infertility.
Let's start digesting what this means, and the fact that 50Hz (50 wave cycles/second) electromagnetic radiation is many times weaker than a 4G cell phone at 1.8Ghz (1.8 million wave cycles/second).
What does this mean?
For fertility, electromagnetic radiation can be the difference between bearing a child with increased risk for cancer, or even bearing it at all! Dr. Ashok Aggarwal, Director of Research at the Cleveland Clinic's American Center for Reproductive Medicine and the top ranked author of male infertility, has conducted extensive research on this issue over the last 10 years and his studies clearly show that electromagnetic radiation from cell phones is strongly associated with societal decreases in sperm count, motility, viability and normal sperm morphology.
It's not just fertility under siege, though. The invisible, unscented microwave electroenergy in the modern environment is wreaking havoc on our ability to produce normal levels of testosterone as well, affecting libido, muscle mass, and energy. We have literally become half the men our grandfathers were.
A study conducted in 2005 in Turkey showed that electromagnetic radiation like that emitted by cell phones caused significant damage to testicular tissues, harming testosterone production. And another study in 2015 at the Bioelectromagnetic Laboratory in New Delhi also found that testosterone levels were significantly decreased in male Albino Wistar rats when exposed to electromagnetic radiation like that emitted by WiFi routers. Many other studies show similar results.
How is this happening?
The scrotum is filled with fluids, conductive fluids, and hold the highest dielectric constant in the body. Because scrotal skin has no surface fat to resist electromagnetic radiation, the sensitive tissues and cells of the testicles are especially vulnerable. Plus, sweaty balls exacerbate absorption!
Martin Pall's breakthrough on the voltage gated calcium channel in 2013 informs us that electromagnetic radiation absorbed by the scrotum causes abnormal calcium levels and oxidative stress in testicular cells. The radiation damages cell membranes, and changes the amount of calcium used in intracellular communication.
Over time the tissues and structures become damaged, resulting in reduced reproductive function including lower testosterone and impaired sperm - increasing birth defects and even the development of autism.
It’s not just cell phones cooking our balls!
Consider, it’s not just when phones are carried in pockets that we expose the testes to electromagnetic radiation.
It’s also from:
- tablet, laptop, and PC use,
- cell phone use while texting or using apps,
- connected wearables like watches and rings,
- while driving from dashboards, and,
- video game remote controllers.
Bibliography of Reported Biological Phenomena (Effects) and Clinical Manifestations attributed to Microwave and Radio-Frequency Radiation; Naval Medical Research Institute (1971)
The effects of an electromagnetic field on the boundary tissue of the seminiferous tubules of the rat: A light and transmission electron microscope study; Folia Morphologica (2005)
Biological and morphological effects on the reproductive organ of rats after exposure to electromagnetic field; Saudi Medical Journal (2005)
Influence of 50 Hz magnetic field on sex hormones and other fertility parameters of adult male rats; Bioelectromagnetics (2006)
Effect of cell phone usage on semen analysis in men attending infertility clinic: an observational study; Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2008)
Mobile phone radiation induces reactive oxygen species production and DNA damage in human spermatozoa in vitro; ARC Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Development (2009)
Electromagnetic fields act via activation of voltage-gated calcium channels to produce beneficial or adverse effects; Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (2013)
Cell phone usage and erectile function; Central European Journal of Urology (2013)
Effects of Wi-Fi (2.45 GHz) Exposure on Apoptosis, Sperm Parameters and Testicular Histomorphometry in Rats: A Time Course Study; Cell Journal (2015)
Quantitative changes in testicular structure and function in rat exposed to mobile phone radiation; Andrologia (2017)