Men’s Health: Are Toxins Killing Your Sex Drive?Jun 09, 2021 07:16PM ● By Dr. Dori Abbott
“It’s like shooting darts with a piece of cooked spaghetti….” That’s how one patient recently described his struggles with erectile dysfunction. He is not alone. According to Viagra's maker, Pfizer, nine tablets are sold every second, and six million doctors have written prescriptions for 20 million men with this condition. In the United States alone, prescriptions for Viagra have tripled in the last decade. Long term exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals can make it…well I was going to say hard to feel like a man, but let’s just say they create unnecessary challenges. Toxic chemicals in common products cause some men to carry excess estrogen, resulting in obesity and “man boobs,” loss of body hair, bloating, feeling exhausted, brain fog, irritability, and of course, erectile dysfunction.
Microplastics: Most plastic products, like water bottles, leftover containers and food wraps, release chemicals that act like the sex hormone estrogen, according to a study in Environmental Health Perspectives. We ingest about five grams of plastic every week—a spoonful that weighs about as much as a bottle cap. And after 10 years, we each consume over five pounds of plastic—the equivalent of a standard life buoy. How much over the course of our lifetime? About 44 pounds total. These microplastics disrupt hormones (chemical messengers), and turn to Estrogen in the body.
Hand Sanitizers: While triclosan (the active ingredient in most hand sanitizers) has yet to be classified as a confirmed human carcinogen, scientists have suggested potential links to hormone-related cancers such as prostate cancer. As an endocrine disruptor, triclosan interferes with the body’s normal hormone systems- sometimes with deadly effects. Research shows that triclosan can be easily stored up by your body over time. A 2016 study uncovered that triclosan was found in both water supplies and in humans- in blood, urine, breast milk, and even fingernails.
Glyphosate: If you are not eating grass-fed meat and organic produce and dairy, you are likely consuming a lot of this chemical commonly known as RoundUp—the same RoundUp you use to kill weeds in the yard, or grass in the driveway. It is sprayed on grains and grasses as they are harvested, and has been shown to disrupt hormones and destroy liver tissue.
Environmental Toxins: Naturally occurring, but hormone disrupting toxins like lead, mercury, radon, formaldehyde, benzene, and cadmium are everywhere—in our drinking water, topsoil, and even in our homes. These types of tests may be appropriate for you.
Endocrine disruptors: (EDs) are interesting chemicals because they can mimic hormones. In doing so, they can bind hormone receptors and create a powerful response, even more powerful than the original hormone; create a less powerful response than the original hormone; or create a totally different response than the original hormone. In the end, EDs (endocrine disruptors) can contribute to ED (erectile dysfunction), and ain’t nobody got time for that!
Dr. Dori Abbott, of Prairie Hills Health in Jenks, offers testing and treatment for a variety of disorders and diseases, including hormonal imbalances, Lyme disease, parasites, heavy metal and environmental toxins. With the largest homeopathic pharmacy in Oklahoma, she also offers laser treatments, thermography and bioenergetic body scanning.
Location: 715 W. Main, Suite M, Jenks. For more information about testing and treatment, call 918-701-0190.