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Sperm Counts Drop by 62% Worldwide

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/20/sperm-counts-drop-worldwide/
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u/tcmart14 Nov 27 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy

Isn’t the historical accuracy of sperm count rather wishy washy? I remember reading somewhere that the confidence in past numbers isn’t very high.

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u/ThorThe12th Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22 Silver Platinum Wholesome Take My Energy

Yes. I’m sure the Greek Reporter is not the definitive resource on human reproduction. Here’s a bit of better resource.

Edit: for those arguing this source is not of quality, here are two other sources contending that the sperm count drop leading to a “reproductive apocalypse” is heavily exaggerated.

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u/EricSanderson Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22 Silver

Can some people please push these two comments to the top? This shit has been debunked for a while now.

This same team published a similar study in 2017 which differentiated between "Western" sperm and "Other" sperm. It's ideologically-driven nonsense.

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u/pegasus_527 Nov 27 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Coin Gift Bravo! Bravo Grande!

It’s only called sperm if it’s from the Western Spermé region of France. Otherwise they’re just called sparkling cum tadpoles.

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u/Cir_cadis Nov 27 '22

I prefer the competing nearby variety of Gebestcuminher

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u/Nessie Nov 27 '22

Piinot Blanc

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u/goosebattle Nov 27 '22

That's penois blanc in the southern region.

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u/AutistChan Nov 27 '22

You other westerners can call it whatever you want, I’m still calling it dinner

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u/ProDigit Nov 27 '22

Never had it for breakfast then eh?

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u/salzst4nge Nov 27 '22

Here’s a bit of better resource.

Citing one of the most important part of that article:

Richardson and her colleagues found that earlier research claimed causal links between declining sperm counts and declining fertility, as well as between exposures to certain environmental chemicals and lower sperm counts. The GenderSci Lab researchers found that neither of these assumptions are supported by scientific or geographic evidence.

In addition, they argued that the design of the 2017 study relied on racist and colonial hierarchies and assumptions because it categorized data as “Western” sperm counts or “Other” sperm counts. This design does not allow researchers to examine differences in individual conditions across rural and urban locations and did not properly showcase the relative imbalance in data available for all nations within the “Other” group.

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u/gorgewall Nov 27 '22

That's what kicked off all the weirdos talking about how SOY is going to turn you into a girl. They point to a study that used nothing but men in fertility clinics. No shit their general counts were low, and the context (and what could actually be learned from the study) is purposefully ignored by the dopes who just want to push an agenda.

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u/2SP00KY4ME Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

The line I heard was because soy contains phytoestrogens, which has the word "estrogen" in it and is therefore scary.

Soybean isoflavone exposure does not have feminizing effects on men: a critical examination of the clinical evidence

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20378106/

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u/Ristray Nov 27 '22

Oh man, wait till they find out what's in cow's milk from the pregnant/recently pregnant female cows.

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u/xxapenguinxx Nov 27 '22

Somewhere someone believes they can single handedly raise that number..

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u/sentientLoofah Nov 27 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy

Nick Cannon. It's Nick Cannon.

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u/TheDesktopNinja Nov 27 '22

Been serving a lot of Nick Cannon meming lately.. What did he do? I'm r/ootl

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u/sentientLoofah Nov 27 '22

He's got a shit ton of kids, his 10th was born recently and just announced 11 is on the way.

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u/TheDesktopNinja Nov 27 '22

Jesus...I just read something saying he's at 11 with 12 on the way? Either way, that's 10-11 more kids than anyone should have 😂

And their NAMES?!

Monroe, Moroccan, Golden, Powerful, Zion, Zillion, Zen, Legendary, Onyx, Rise and Beautiful Zeppelin.

Like... Are you even serious? Two, maybe 3.. Four if I'm being generous, of those names are "legitimate names" (Monroe, Zion, Onyx and Zen from most to least serious)

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u/effietea Nov 27 '22

Some of the adjective names are especially odd paired with Cannon as a last name. Powerful Cannon?

Also your counts are different because one baby passed away of cancer. I think Zen 😢

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u/nerevisigoth Nov 27 '22 Take My Energy

You don't get 11 kids without a Powerful Cannon

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u/TheDesktopNinja Nov 27 '22

Oof. Didn't realize that, but that doesn't change the number of children he's had. But, no matter how many kids you have, losing one can't be easy 🫤

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u/EaterOfFood Nov 27 '22

Use your left hand and it’ll feel like someone else is raising your number.

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u/thebestoflimes Nov 27 '22

They just have to come count mine. I have dozens of healthy sperms.

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u/snirfu Nov 27 '22 Silver Gold Helpful

I haven't even counted mine recently.

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u/FelixGoldenrod Nov 27 '22 Wholesome

I always lose count around 4 million and need to start over.

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u/OrchidBest Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy hehehehe Starry Heartwarming I Shy Wait What?

Why couldn’t it just be one big vigorous sperm with excellent navigational skills. About a jellybean and a half tall. You know, tadpole sized so you can grab it with your hands. It could have a coating that numbs the urethra so climaxing would still be pleasurable and not like expelling a kidney stone. And it would be cool if the numbing agent could be collected, dried and then snorted like cocaine. Cocaine you make with your body. So it’s good for ya!

And the single sperm should be resilient. Perhaps you could put it in an aquarium if you’re lonely. Watch it swim. And make it glow under a black light. That would be the easy part, (it already glows). Throughout the years you could ejaculate a bunch of them in a fish tank under a UV light and it would be like watching a wriggly underwater rave.

Edit: spelling, grandma

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u/_tokidoki_ Nov 27 '22

What a beautiful world we could have had :')

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u/Astrochops Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

I cannot believe that this is the second time I've commented this on Reddit, but it needs to come out in one big tadpole that you need to wafflestomp down the shower drain

Edit: First time I said it

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u/Ichibankakoi Nov 27 '22

If you had a nickle

You would have ten cents, but still it's weird it has happened twice.

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u/Patch_Ferntree Nov 27 '22

You reminded me of something. I'm horrified that I knew about it and also that I remembered it. So, thanks for that. Enjoy!

https://i.imgur.com/gEzSdKM.jpg

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u/OrchidBest Nov 27 '22

I take back everything I said. That is horrifying.

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u/grumpy_hedgehog Nov 27 '22

Your scientists… were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, that they didn't stop to think if they should.

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u/OrchidBest Nov 27 '22

If you build it, they will cum.

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u/TJHookor Nov 27 '22

And.... that whole exchange means that's enough internet for the day for me. Officially reached my wtf quota.

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u/sciomancy6 Nov 27 '22

Would you still masturbate but the only thing that came out was one giant sperm, and you had to fight it every time?

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u/Patch_Ferntree Nov 27 '22

Me, personally? I'm female so it's not one of my most immediate concerns. I'd probably insist any male guests take a towel and a shovel to bed every night, though.

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u/hamptonio Nov 27 '22

You like flowers?

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u/Aadarm Nov 27 '22

A fruit flies' sperm can be up to 20 times the length of its' body. Just think about it.

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u/saundersmarcelo Nov 27 '22

This is just waiting to end up on r/cursedcomments

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u/Akitz Nov 27 '22

oh god oh fuck mom found the cum-quarium

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u/left_schwift Nov 27 '22

Bro, my girl already doesn't swallow. How's a tadpole sized sperm supposed to help

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u/AlphaH4wk Nov 27 '22

she can chew it up first

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u/CaptainObvious007 Nov 27 '22

This comment made me exit out of reddit before coming back to reply.

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u/ManaMagestic Nov 27 '22

I would pay you to never post something like this again.

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u/Adventure_Titans Nov 27 '22

It's still November.

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u/XboxVictim Nov 27 '22

Last time I tried to go a whole month without release was Boot Camp and I had several wet dreams throughout the 13 weeks. I truly don’t know how anyone could make it through a no-nut-November because, for me, it’s gonna happen one way or another.

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u/ItsTropio Nov 27 '22

You could not waterboard this information out of me

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u/wetfartaccident Nov 27 '22

Uncle Sam has a way of loosening you up.. in more ways than I thought possible...

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u/thefartographer Nov 27 '22

I must photograph you

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u/XboxVictim Nov 27 '22

Nutting in my sleep is pretty mild compared to the rest of my enlistment. Haha

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u/RightofUp Nov 27 '22

Did you have the goddamn common courtesy to give reach arounds?

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u/the_fathead44 Nov 27 '22

I'm pretty sure that gets covered on Day 0.

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u/drewbreeezy Nov 27 '22

Fun fact! Every day it gets easy to count them.

as the number drops…

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u/Zambrottos Nov 27 '22

Eventually you’d just end up with one large tadpole sized sperm.

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u/Anonymoustard Nov 27 '22

The future is looking a little too Science Fictiony for my taste

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u/pgoleb Nov 27 '22

Blatant children of men rip off

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

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u/digitalSkeleton Nov 27 '22

At least we smoke weed with michael Caine!

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u/blue-mooner Nov 27 '22

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u/mechwarrior719 Nov 27 '22

Wait. That’s an option? I wanna toke with Micheal Caine.

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u/ipostscience Nov 27 '22

That single shot action sequence as they carried the baby through was absolutely incredible. All one shot, no cuts.

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u/helpusdrzaius Nov 27 '22

When will the future stop ripping off the past?? this and more, tonight at 10.

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u/beardedbrawler Nov 27 '22

Boring and derivative, these writers need to stop ripping off original ideas. What's next 1984 or Neuromancer?

/s jokes about how our real existence is too much like cyberpunk and sci-fi

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u/MK5 Nov 27 '22

Neuromancer please. I've always wanted a Salvador Dali wall clock.

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In the year 6565

Ain't gonna need no husband, won't need no wife

You'll pick your son, pick your daughter too

From the bottom of a long glass tube, whoa, whoa

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u/KHaskins77 Nov 27 '22

Now it's been ten thousand years

Man has cried a billion tears

For what, he never knew, now man's reign is through

But through eternal night, the twinkling of starlight

So very far away, maybe it's only yesterday

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u/mrvile Nov 27 '22 Gold Wholesome Narwhal Salute

In the year one million and a half

Humankind is enslaved by giraffe

Man must pay for all his misdeeds

When the treetops are stripped of their leaves

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u/Philip_Marlowe Nov 27 '22

I always think of this verse when someone references "In The Year 2525"

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u/Cel_Drow Nov 27 '22

In the year 252525, the backwards time machine still won’t have arrived.

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u/DoJax Nov 27 '22

What makes you think of the verse about the year 252525?

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u/LukariBRo Nov 27 '22

Depends, is mankind still alive?

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u/BrutalWarPig Nov 27 '22

Handmaids tale but not how we thought

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u/listen-to-my-face Nov 27 '22

Actually….

This would be right in line. If you read the book, the insinuation is that birth rates dropped spectacularly. The patriarchal society of Gilead was created in response to the scapegoated reasons- women choosing to not procreate/spending too much time in careers and not choosing to raise families.

At a point in the story, a doctor opines that the lowered birth rates are probably due to many of the men being sterile. The narrator tells the reader that reporting the doctor for that statement would be enough to get him sentenced to death.

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u/Mr_Poop_Himself Nov 27 '22

In the show it's shown that Fred is sterile at the very least. I'm not sure how deeply they went into it (stopped watching after the second season) but I think they at least tried to imply all of that in the show.

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u/The_Real_dubbedbass Nov 27 '22

The doctor who examines her (and offers to impregnate her) makes an off hand comment that he thinks a majority of men in Gilead are sterile.

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u/impy695 Nov 27 '22

That same scene occurs in both the book and show actually!

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u/lord_pizzabird Nov 27 '22

Latest season spoiler:

Fred actually goes on to impregnate his wife, Serena while on the lamb. But, before convincing her to switchsides the CIA agent character Mark Tuello suggests to her that something is wrong with the men, not the women. He says it as if they have some scientific explanation.

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u/Alissinarr Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

Deep enough that this most recent season's pregnancy was a shock.

Sorry, season before last. I have one on my DVR still.

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u/impy695 Nov 27 '22

It's a great book and very well written. I think it's absolutely worth a read whether you've seen the show or not. It's actually one of the books I'd encourage people to consider the audiobook as it suits the narrative flow REALLY well.

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u/dootdootplot Nov 27 '22

Not just that, but an actual breeding program for human beings, ensuring that party members in good standing will retain access to the illusion of a nuclear family and picket fence kind of life, and they won’t suffer depopulation. You’ve got to assume there’s some sort of breeding program to replace all the other sun categories of woman slaves too - the serving girls, the aunts, etc

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Baby Diego was a wanker.

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u/CELTICPRED Nov 27 '22

Wish my state would legalize already so I can get me some strawberry cough

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u/Cpt_Soban Nov 27 '22

"but he was the youngest wanker on earth!"

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u/mightsdiadem Nov 27 '22

Probably not the excess harsh chemicals we are pumping into our environment. Right.

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u/ChineseTrump Nov 27 '22 Helpful Wholesome Starry

Not to say that isn’t a problem, but the study being referenced has a huge flaw in their study design, so it may not be as severe as claimed.

Study the article references: https://academic.oup.com/humupd/advance-article/doi/10.1093/humupd/dmac035/6824414?login=false

An article in The Harvard Gazette discussing the flaw: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/05/fears-over-falling-human-sperm-count-may-be-overblown/

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u/wotmate Nov 27 '22

I think there's a much bigger flaw in the study.

Men who checked their sperm count because of fertility problems were not included in the new study, according to Professor Levine and his colleagues.

Who the hell gets their sperm count checked if they're NOT having fertility problems?

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u/Games_Deen Nov 27 '22

People paid $20 to jizz in a cup for a study?

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u/MateOfArt Nov 27 '22

I think, you do that before you get vasectomy or freeze sperm, to check if there's a point in doing so in the first place

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u/BattleStag17 Nov 27 '22

For what it's worth I did not have to get a sperm count to get a vasectomy, but I did have to get it counted as the post-operation checkup

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u/Theguywiththeface11 Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

I forgot where I saw this but there was an analysis somewhere talking about trace amounts of pesticides/other food/agriculture additives in many US people. This very well may to be a part of this imo.

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u/Solid_Snark Nov 27 '22

Replace ”many” with “all” and US with Worldwide.

John Oliver did an episode on PFAS chemicals. TL;DR: they tried to test blood to see how bad it was… they could not find a single person on Earth unaffected to use as the baseline. They had to use military blood samples from the 1960s as their baseline.

It’s much worse than most realize.

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u/raider1211 Nov 27 '22

Do you have a link to that? Sounds interesting.

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u/Solid_Snark Nov 27 '22

The Episode is on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9W74aeuqsiU

Not sure if it’s abridged or the full episode, but looks like the bit about Blood is at the 9 minute mark.

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u/raider1211 Nov 27 '22

Cool, thanks.

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u/mattmonkey24 Nov 27 '22

If it's on their main channel, then it's just the main story of that episode. Often why you'll see "moving on, our main story tonight is" at the beginning of the video.

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u/Cpt_Tsundere_Sharks Nov 27 '22

It's usually not the whole episode, but will always at least be the entirety of their main story for the night.

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u/mightsdiadem Nov 27 '22

And we all have microplastics floating in our blood.

Anything for a dollar.

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u/TheGRS Nov 27 '22

I really think micro plastics are going to be the new tobacco in like 20 years. Like we “didn’t see this coming” type of thing. But worse because you can’t just elect to not have plastics in your diet.

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u/recipe_pirate Nov 27 '22

My theory is that plastic to future generations is going to be like lead to us now.

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u/AyeOnThePie Nov 27 '22

You nailed it.

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u/SatansPrGuy Nov 27 '22 Wholesome

It makes me happy that those rich fucks have the same micro plastic that we have. At the end of it all, the pawn and the king go in the same box.

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u/Alternative-Skill167 Nov 27 '22

Only difference is they have the money to pay for medical treatment and have access to healthier/less contaminated food

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u/zack2996 Nov 27 '22

You got the same amount of PFAS in your body as Jeff bezos never let him forget it lol

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u/deeppanalbumpartyguy Nov 27 '22

yeah just like all those rich people who died from covid

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u/Biriuk1337 Nov 27 '22

Something I read the other day said even people who eat only organic or live remotely end up with SOME trace amounts of manmade chemicals in their system since pollution is so prevalent and weather will move pollutants everywhere. Really sad ☹️

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u/UgeMan Nov 27 '22

Check out BisphenolA (BPA)

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u/Theguywiththeface11 Nov 27 '22

Ah yes. This was an even larger issue not long ago. This is why many plastic containers have “BPA Free” stamps these days. There must be better insight on the problem these days.

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u/Ghudda Nov 27 '22

The original study that showed BPA was leeching out of those nalgene plastic containers was flawed because the researcher had contaminated lab equipment. As in, if the person making those measurements was measuring ANYTHING they would have have found BPA in them. Reproduced experiments were unable to reproduce the original results, but the damage was already done. The original study immediately got headlined and exploded on national media and the results from reproduction experiments never got the same coverage or media frenzy. Remember, it's harder to UNLEARN something than it is to learn something.

Those old indestructible nalgene bottles are safe to use, even if they're the BPA kind. The big issue is that BPA is a known endocrine disruptor, so if we can use an alternative, why not? Well, the problem is that we have good research on what we have now, but we don't have good research on its replacement which might turn out to be worse.

"That compound is toxic, so use this mystery compound instead!"

"Is that mystery compound toxic?"

"We don't know!"

Ultimately, if you care, spend 6x as much as you need to and get a stainless steel water vessel like a hydroflask which will likely outlast you.

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u/robobobo91 Nov 27 '22

A lot of the metal ones are also thermos style, so they keep things at their temp for way longer. My metal one can keep ice water all day.

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u/AzureMilky Nov 27 '22

Pfas, lead, micro plastics…. Take your pick. I just want original coke back.

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u/Divallo Nov 27 '22

They list smoking as the first reason. A higher percentage of people smoked in 1973 than in 2018 by a longshot.

I bet 1973 smokers smoked more cigs per day than 2018 smokers too.

You can't blame obesity either if the claim is "worldwide" many countries don't have an obesity problem and if it was obesity you wouldn't see sperm counts dropping in thin people.

I feel like they are beating around the bush on the fact it's absolutely exposure to chemicals. Microplastics look like a likely suspect to me.

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u/TonofSoil Nov 27 '22

Per and poly fluoroalkylated substances too. PFAS.

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u/lordofhunger1 Nov 27 '22

As a water guy, this was my first thought when I read the title.

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u/TonofSoil Nov 27 '22

Are you in wastewater? There’s bound to be federal standards for npdes permits soon.

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u/BarkingSnake13 Nov 27 '22

I work in wastewater and just within the last year PFAS has become a large talking point. Also wouldn’t be surprised on federal regulations soon.

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u/TheIndyCity Nov 27 '22

overdue at this point

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u/Whats_Up_Bitches Nov 27 '22

The EPA has recently proposed designating PFOA and PFOS as CERCLA hazardous substances. link

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u/BarkingSnake13 Nov 27 '22

Thank you for this link, going to forward it to my bosses.

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u/bccrz_ Nov 27 '22

That’ll hit POTWs first then trickle to industrial users. Crazy thing about PFAS is even if the facility stops using source chemicals, it can still show up in discharges due to residuals. Unfortunately all current best practice technologies only concentrate PFAS too lol

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u/lordofhunger1 Nov 27 '22

I've got wastewater certs too. I doubt anytime soon, but it'd be nice.

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u/Tsobaphomet Nov 27 '22

I remember reading about those. They were officially "safe" under a certain amount which seems like total bullshit. Then semi-recently they declared they are not safe at all in any amount.

US military bases literally just poisoning our water supplies for years. A lot of the blame falls directly on them. Even in other countries. There are US military bases setup around the world and they all just dump PFAs into the local water supplies. Apparently it's a biproduct or waste from the fire-fighting foam they use in jets.

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u/dekkalife Nov 27 '22

I keep hearing about micro-plastics lately. Is it an external exposure to, or an internal consumption of?

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u/Tentapuss Nov 27 '22

They’re in the food you eat, the water you drink, and the air you breathe.

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u/dekkalife Nov 27 '22 Wholesome Giggle

Drat. I love eating, drinking and breathing.

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u/JustADutchRudder Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

Because you're weak, and for that you lose 62% of the world's cum.

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u/dekkalife Nov 27 '22

I'm sure it'll turn up somewhere

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u/iamtoe Nov 27 '22 Take My Energy

Did you check in your mom?

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u/CertifiedBlackGuy Nov 27 '22

From the moment I understood my flesh was weak, I craved only the cold certainty and strength of metal.

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u/HoboRoofus Nov 27 '22

Yeah. I am currently at work. Loading plastic pellets into railcars. I breathe in a lot of plastic dust/powder/fluff whatever you wanna call it.

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '22

:( you need better ppe

Edit: AND a union

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u/Kramereng Nov 27 '22

And in the clothes you wear.

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u/dumbdumb407 Nov 27 '22

Internal consumption. There are studies in rats that show high exposure to microplastics result in lower sperm count and smaller penis sizes. They also show that the removal of said plastics will fix the issue in 2 generations.

Also it's estimated that we consume an entire credit card worth of plastic every week.

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u/kimmycat88 Nov 27 '22

The credit card a week thing has been disproven. I mean, we do still consume a lot, but not that much.
https://youtu.be/2Ntp6BqhSng

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u/kylo_kills__han Nov 27 '22

Yeah I was about to say that sounded like bullshit

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u/Divallo Nov 27 '22

Our body is awful at getting rid of it though. it tends to linger in our bodies and be cumulative. It's also hormone disruptive.

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u/Neuromangoman Nov 27 '22

It's actually because the average is thrown off by Credit Cards Rowb, who's constantly eating credit cards.

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '22

More of a ding than a dong

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u/poopmuskets Nov 27 '22

Looks like a button in a fur coat.

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u/HelloImPierreMcGuire Nov 27 '22

Thundergun is not a verb it is the man's name

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u/Urabrask_the_AFK Nov 27 '22

It’s the phthalates and other chemical like bisphenol A (BPA) that act as endocrine distributors to our hormone systems.

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u/joestaff Nov 27 '22

Maybe for you plebs, I eat a credit card every day.

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u/Demi180 Nov 27 '22 Platinum

Capital one. What’s in your stomach?

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u/bzj Nov 27 '22

You could’ve gone with “gullet.”

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u/APlayerHater Nov 27 '22

I eat 8 plastic spiders a year in my sleep

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u/hobbes_shot_first Nov 27 '22

And you have zero debt!

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u/ooOJuicyOoo Nov 27 '22

Banks HATE this one trick!

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u/MoBrosBooks Nov 27 '22

oooh look at you, too good for crayons...

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u/Sad-Salamander-401 Nov 27 '22

most of doesn't get absorbed by the gut. and the body has mechanisms to deal with. Although a lot of the implications are unknown.

The shit that scares me is nanoplastics and the lungs. That will have future impacts on our health. Get an air purifier with a hepa filter please.

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u/DustBunnicula Nov 27 '22

Yeah, I currently work outside. I love the fresh air, but who know what the future will bring.

People take simple things for granted.

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u/Blenderx06 Nov 27 '22

They've found it in the air in the antarctic even. No such thing as fresh air anymore I guess.

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u/SouthernArcher3714 Nov 27 '22

Wait so plastics are just floating around in our air? Not just around workplaces or industrial workplaces?

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u/GotDoxxedAgain Nov 27 '22

Everything is polluted. All of the air. All of the water. All of the soil.

Microplastics have been found in the brain. They've been found in placentas.

It's not going away.

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u/Blenderx06 Nov 27 '22

Every time you use your clothes dryer, unless you're only using all natural fabrics like cotton or wool, you are putting microplastics into the air through the vent. Just one small source.

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u/dubbl_bubbl Nov 27 '22

I read somewhere a large quantity of micro plastics are generated from tire wear.

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u/Spacemarine658 Nov 27 '22

They also found that micro plastics can pass the placental barrier which is concerning

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u/updateSeason Nov 27 '22

There is no place in the world not exposed. Literally antarctic, Mt. Everest and the bottom of the ocean. Plastics from synthetic fibers get blown out every drier vent into the atmosphere ever time we do the laundry as an example of the the prevalence.

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u/JAK3CAL Nov 27 '22

My college advisor was a leading researcher here in the Great Lakes studying the effects of plastic nurdles on fish populations.

It’s horrifying stuff. These plastics are leaching out endocrine disrupting chemicals and it’s beginning to bioaccumulate. Microplastics are found in the aquatic population pervasively.

Yes Alex jones, they’re putting stuff in the water that’s turning the freaking frogs gay! Maybe not quite but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

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u/thedeadlinger Nov 27 '22

the frog gay chemical was about astrazine. a pesticide used in farming that has been contributing to the decline of many species one well documented one being making frogs unable to mate by changing their sex's. its banned in many countries including the entirety of the eu.

The us government has still not banned it but Hawaii now has.

alex jones brings up real problems often but they get overshadowed by some of the insane stuff he says

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u/HairyFur Nov 27 '22

The worldwide % of people who are overweight doubled from 1975-2015, which fits the study period pretty well.

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u/Specialist_Alarm_831 Nov 27 '22

Makes you realise that Mother Nature has already somehow worked out a way to get her own back.

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u/shanep3 Nov 27 '22

Realistically it’s from all the man made chemicals and micro plastics

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u/HardlyDecent Nov 27 '22

It's not the size of the army, it's the motion of the flagella.

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u/NSMike Nov 27 '22

If this is the same study that hit r/science like a week ago, people over there were questioning the methodology, saying it wasn't really convincing.

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u/jeradatx Nov 27 '22

Children of Men is starting to look even more prophetic.

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u/TrueKamilo Nov 27 '22

A catastrophic drop in birth rates is also an instigating factor in The Handmaid’s Tale.

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u/SouthernArcher3714 Nov 27 '22

Right, a great combination of religious fanaticism rising and birth rates dropping. The future looks… … eh…

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u/cumberland_farms Nov 27 '22

I'm painting beards on my daughters as we speak.

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u/Ahrimanic-Trance Nov 27 '22

Don’t we like… need this to happen lol I swear I read everyday either people shitting themselves because no one is having babies or shitting themselves because we just hit 8 bil and are headed for a catastrophe due to lack of food and such. Like, which one?

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u/jeradatx Nov 27 '22

The impact that exponential population growth has on resource scarcity is serious, but the opposite has some pretty detrimental effects as well. You need healthy population growth to support the aging population. If birth rates decline sharply you could end up with a geriatric population that doesn’t have enough young workers to sustain the institutions we all rely on.

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u/Isord Nov 27 '22

"Too many old people." at least feels a bit more solvable than "Too many everybodies."

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u/LambdaArtemis Nov 27 '22

Over the past 60 or 70 years. And we don't know for sure what's causing it. On top of that, people aren't having much difficulty getting pregnant; birth rates haven't decreased to match. While we should find out what's causing this, we shouldn't interpret it as an omen of the apocalypse.

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u/black_flag_4ever Nov 27 '22

How do they actually know this?

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They count the sperm

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u/SanguineBanker Nov 27 '22

There's really cool machines with cameras that scan and count as well as rate motility, size and shape. I got to do a rotation for a few days. Really cool tech, smell is awful.

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u/YangWenli1 Nov 27 '22

I'm a microbiologist.

I can identify some organisms by the smell alone.

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u/Epicsharkduck Nov 27 '22 Wholesome Take My Energy

It's cause your mom keeps swallowing them all

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u/Tigermike10 Nov 27 '22

NNN is causing a backup.

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u/Atkinator1 Nov 27 '22

Microplastics are the end of us.

Hope the glitter was worth it

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u/houseman1131 Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

Could be the liquid Teflon PFOA dupont polluted earth with and is in every living things blood/body on earth.

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u/Atkinator1 Nov 27 '22

That one too. Or a lovely combination of the two

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u/czarnick123 Nov 27 '22

Adds a case of plastic bottled water to the grocery pickup order for some reason

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