Are Masculine Men in Danger of Becoming an 'Endangered Species'?

How 'Xeno-Oestrogens' Are Running Riot!

Could Falling Sperm Counts Spell the Eventual Doom of All Life?

Will Most Men Over Fifty Be Wearing 'Bras' Within a Hundred Years?

Don't Laugh! This Last Point is a Very Serious Possibility!!

Article by Mike deHavilland Parker. © 2007. All rights reserved; I simply grant UK Apologetics the rights to this article



Recently I heard about yet another older man who has suddenly developed womanly breasts (known as gynecomastia), and has made an appointment to speak to his doctor about his problem. The funny thing is that this is not a rare event any longer. All over the world, but especially in the more advanced societies, men, especially older men, are having to fight against encroaching femininity. The strange thing about the guy I recently heard about is that he is just 52. What is happening?

First of all, let us look at the science. It is well known that the primary sex hormones are oestrogen and testosterone. Men and women have both of them. But the main masculine hormone is testosterone (called such because in men it is produced in the testicles); most younger men have it in abundance! But as men and women age, a strange thing happens. Women start to lose their dominant oestrogen hormone, but they also lose their testosterone and progesterone. So women start to lose all of these hormones. With men it is different, but nobody can explain why. As men age, they lose their more masculine testosterone, sometimes quite quickly, but their oestrogen levels start rising! So, it would not be entirely wrong to say that as men get older, they tend to become more feminine, or womanly, and this is because they start producing more oestrogen - which is the primary female sex hormone. With the advance of years, women alter less because all their hormone levels drop. None of this is new; it has been known about for some time, but since some quite startling research was carried out in 1992, particular attention has been paid to it. The falling testosterone and rising oestrogen levels in older men may perhaps explain why some older men suddenly start becoming attracted to members of their own sex after many years of faithful marriage. My wife went to the funeral of a lovely old lady. Her grieving husband told my wife it would be years before he formed another loving relationship, if indeed he ever did. This of course, is what one might expect a new widower to say. My wife, however, was a little taken aback when this grieving gentleman then added, "No, I won't love a woman again, but I'm prepared to love a man if I meet the right one!"

More About Male and Female Hormones

Estrogen (sometimes spelled 'oestrogen') and progesterone are the main female sex hormones, but testosterone, the so-called primary male sex hormone, also occurs in a woman's body.

Men and women actually produce exactly the same hormones, only in very different amounts. Men's bodies generate about twenty-three times more testosterone than women, an average of seven milligrams per day. Women, via mainly their ovaries and adrenal glands, make a tiny three tenths of one milligram of testosterone per day. But it may come as a surprise to know that women's ovaries primarily produce testosterone, from which the estrogen is then manufactured. This ovarian production accounts for one-quarter of the total circulating testosterone in a woman's body. Conversely, men's bodies produce their own all-womanly estrogen, converted by their tissues from their all-manly testosterone.

With advancing age, all of these hormone levels drop in a woman's body. But older men start to lose testosterone while their estrogen levels rise. It is now known that xeno-estrogens (estrogen mimics) from various external sources join with these natural estrogens in tending to undermine the masculinity of older men. This is why many older men have to fight against increasing femininity, even developing broader hips and deeper breasts. These changes in older men (mild in some cases, more dramatic in other cases) also mean that some older men start to become attracted to their own sex.

So what happened in 1992 to suddenly put male fertility levels on a new level of interest?
The answer is that it was in 1992 that a Danish doctor, Dr Niels Skakkebaek, decided to analyse the results of all the studies of sperm production that had been conducted since the 1930s. Such a study is known as a meta-analysis and is generally a good indicator of a genuine trend, allowing global data over a number of decades to be compared.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, he concluded that sperm counts had been falling by 1% a year since 1930. Couples were increasingly finding that infertility difficulties hampered their chances of conceiving a child. In fact, the World Health Organisation confirmed the public suspicion by announcing that between 8 and 10% of couples of child-bearing age have some form of fertility problem.

During the 1990s, the explosion of 'clinics' almost all over the world specialising in a variety of fertility treatments appeared to confirm the Danish research which had shown that things were starting to go badly wrong for men! The media got hold of this and (in their usual sensationalistic - but unscientific - way) began to suggest all manner of pseudo-scientific reasons why sperm counts might be falling, before some of the real science on this started to become more established. As Irish Health.com points out,

"In Europe, researcher after researcher confirmed Skakkebaek's gloomy prognosis. For a while, it seemed that countries were trying to outdo each other in claiming which had the lowest sperm count. The nadir came when French scientists discovered in 1994 that 18% of French couples were suffering from fertility difficulties, twice the WHO estimate.

Pierre Jouannet of the Centre for the Study of Human Eggs and Sperm in Paris went on to examine the sperm levels of Parisian men. He looked at 1,351 sperm donors in Paris who had donated for artificial insemination. In 1973, the average sperm count was 89 million per millilitre, while men who donated sperm in 1992 had an average count of 60 million per millilitre, a fall of 33%." (http://www.irishhealth.com/index.html?level=4&id=1547).

New studies continue to establish the fact that some sort of male fertility crisis is certainly developing. A 2004 UK Male Fertility Study, compiled by Norwich Union Healthcare indicated that 2.5 million British men are affected. It is estimated that one in ten British males has an infertility problem due to a low sperm count.

So a problem certainly exists, it is a fertility problem affecting both sexes, but especially men, since they are the semen-producers. Quite soon, chemicals known as xeno-oestrogens (oestrogen mimics), became the primary suspects - let us remind ourselves that all older men produce greater oestrogen in any case and so it could never be entirely outside the realms of possibility that older men would only produce rather weak semen whilst they themselves might start developing more feminine characteristics, but now scientists started to learn that other chemicals could actually mimic the effects of oestrogen, and so the masculinity of older men would be under attack from several directions! Moreover, many of the recognised 'xeno-oestrogens' have become increasingly pervasive from about the 1960s onwards and are currently continuing to increase.

The problem is that 'xeno-oestrogens' may be found in such diverse things as shrink-wrap, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, various common drugs, washing-up water, detergents and even in soy milk and other soy products! Even reasonably low levels of water pollution are now known to quickly produce xeno-oestrogens: Fish in polluted waters have been observed to behave physiologically like females, and alligators in Florida's xeno-oestrogen rich everglades have inexplicably become predominantly female. A 2002 report in the Badger Herald stated this,

"Male fish are developing feminine characteristics from excess hormones in rivers and lakes, scientists say.

'In the 1990’s, scientists in Britain were starting to find a large number of male fish downstream of sewage treatment plants with eggs or egg proteins in their blood,' Fisheries and Oceans of Canada ecotoxicologist Karen Kidd said. 'Basically, these male fish were becoming feminized. It’s because they’re being exposed to either natural or synthetic hormones in sewage plant discharge.' Birth control pills and laundry detergents are just two of the 75 household compounds that might be causing male fish to develop eggs. Products such as birth control pills, detergents and insecticides contain chemicals mimicking the female hormone estrogen. Women who use birth control pills release synthetic estrogen in their urine. Laundry wastewater contains a significant amount of estrogen mimics from detergents. Sewage treatment plants can only break down about 80 percent of these estrogen mimics in wastewater. The remainder enters rivers and lakes and interferes with the hormone systems of fish and other aquatic life." (http://badgerherald.com/news/2002/04/03/human_wastewater_is_.php).

The Human male fertiity problem is not small, the Internet Journal of Urology quotes the ideal male sperm count figures then gives a warning,

"Volume - 2-6 ml. Density - > 20-200 million ml. Motility - > 60% motile.

However, according to the ever-increasing literature on sperm counts, these “normal” values are steadily decreasing and only a minute proportion of males will have semen values that satisfy these ideal figures in today's Western industrialised countries. Not only are sperm counts decreasing, but also are the average sperm volumes which contain a greater proportion of deformed spermatozoa that have reduced motility's."

The article can be found in full here: http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlFilePath=journals/iju/vol2n1/sperm.xml .

We have focused on older men but bearing in mind the evidence we have just seen, we might also expect younger men to increasingly feel feminizing tendencies. Indeed, it is easy to discover that the demand for male to female sex change operations has suddenly surged ahead. We cannot deny that the increased openess of modern society, especially concerning sexual identity, may have encouraged some of this yet it remains a fact that the demand has leaped ahead and maybe significant that it is male to female sex changes which are in the greatest demand. The EuroArctic website reports that in Sweden,
"Ten to fifteen years ago, there were roundabout 15 demands a year, today there are 50 - 60 demands. The increase mostly concerns biological males who wish to change sex in order to become females."

(http://www.sr.se/cgi-bin/euroarctic/amnessida.asp?programID=2460&Nyheter=0&grupp=2581&artikel=1372045)

However, the Swedish experience appears to be tiny compared to the huge UK demand for male to female gender reassignment operations. In 2004 the Guardian website's Q&A on transsexuals in the UK reported the following,
"How many transsexuals are there?
A report from the Interdepartmental Working Group on Transsexual People in 2000 estimated that there were 1,300-2,000 male-to-female and 250-400 female-to-male transsexuals in the UK. However the transgender lobby group, 'Press for Change,' puts the numbers far higher. It estimates there are 5,000 post-operative transsexuals in this country."
(Source: http://society.guardian.co.uk/mentalhealth/story/0,,1127253,00.html).
The same website estimated that about 400 such operations occurred in the UK in 2004, but some have since insisted that that estimated figure was far, far too low, especially since just one British surgeon, Urological surgeon James Bellringer, stated that he has carried out more than 200 sex changes over four years even prior to 2004! (Source: http://society.guardian.co.uk/mentalhealth/story/0,,1272093,00.html).

Okay, so a crisis exists and seems set to grow steadily worse since it would appear virtually impossible in our present societal structure to control most of these xeno-oestrogen sources.

In the light of all of this, it must be pertinent to ask certain questions:

1. Will strong male/female type/anti-type public perceptions have to change?

2. Will society just have to accept that fewer children are going to be born - especially in technologically more advanced nations?

3. Indeed, could these new trends even start to indicate that human society itself is ultimately doomed? (no civilisation can continue to exist if unsufficient children are being born).

4. If we have to re-consider previously strongly defined male/female gender roles, what will be the effects of that - especially within the religious areas of society?

5. Will many men over about 50 be wearing a bra by 2107 (that is, a hundred years from now)? And will we eventually simply come to accept this as just another difference between younger and older men? Or will breast-removal surgery become highly common for older men? (Make no mistake that if normal rising oestrogen levels in middle aged/older men continue to be increasingly joined by xeno-oestrogens - which are almost everywhere - more and more men will certainly develop female-type breasts with advancing years).

6. Will society eventually have to accept such older men as 'fe-men,' or by some other descriptive name?

7. Will we all have to accept far more widespread homosexuality and bi-sexuality? And - as time goes by - more and more transexuality? (After all, it is obvious that the trend of the feminisation of men seems set to continue).

8. Will men and women who can actually produce children be valued above gold and be given all kinds of special privileges?? Maybe even free luxury homes so they may just be concerned with procreation?

At present world societies are simply ignoring what would appear to be a potentially highly serious crisis. I know of no government panel anywhere in the world which is giving this issue serious consideration - even when millions are being spent in the 'global warming' hysteria circus.

There is a lot of unproven pseudo-science around at the moment, especially within the environmental movement (the aforementioned 'global warming', for instance), the danger is that the subject of this article may be seen as yet another environmental 'scare story' - but it is not! This article is based upon measurable, empirical science. THE WORLD WILL DEFINITELY HAVE TO FACE UP TO THIS PROBLEM. An obvious and very early first step should be a complete ban on abortion in all advanced countries, for it is extreme folly to allow abortion to continue with few controls in place in those countries where very serious problems loom because insufficient births are occurring. In fact, even now insufficient children are being born in the West (the society ideal family size having dropped from 2.2 children to 1.8 children) - even before the serious long-term male infertility 'time-bomb' hits us.

Mike deHavilland Parker, BSc. © 2007. All rights reserved; I grant 'UK Apologetics' alone sole hosting rights.

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