Couch Potatoes have Lower Sperm Count, Says Study
February 6, 2013
A new study released finds that men who watch more than 20 hours of television per week have lost half of their sperm count. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the European Union’s Developmental Effects of Environment on Reproduction (DEER) project.
DEER is dedicated to analyzing “environmental factors in the development and establishment of human reproductive health.” The European Union created DEER in 2008. They are affiliated with various international academies and universities.
One hundred and eighty-nine men between the ages of 18 – 22 participated in the study. They were questioned about their exercise intake, diet, whether they smoked, how often they watch TV and provided a sperm sample.
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers a normal sperm count as 53 sperm per millimeter of semen. If those sperm are found to be below this marker, they are considered abnormal.
Using sample analysis, DEER seeks to understand how exposure to chemicals effects fetal development with regard to the testis as well as utilizing existing bioinformantic approaches to anticipate real-life scenarios.
The authors of the study explained: “The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationships between semen quality and both physical activity and TV watching among young, healthy men. We hypothesized that increased physical activity was associated with higher sperm count, concentration and motility, and a lower proportion of morphologically abnormal sperm. Furthermore, we hypothesized that increased TV watching time was associated with decreased semen quality parameters.”
Research showed that only 3 hours per day of sedentary behavior (including watching television) would cause dramatic reductions in sperm count development.
Exercise plays a big role in sperm development. Of the men questioned those who exercised more than 15 hours per week had a marked 73% higher sperm count than those who reported less than 5 hours of exercise per week.
A sedentary lifestyle will degrade the quality of sperm production, semen concentrations; as well as exercise oxygenates the blood and sperm and assists in preventing the degradation of cells.
Jorge Chavarro, co-author of the study and assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, said: “The message is pretty clear. It makes sense to turn off the TV, and it makes sense to put on your running shoes or sports gear and get out there.”
Chavarro went on to explain that “more physical activity is better.”
While sedentary lifestyles are becoming a definitive barrier to reproductive health, other assaults are being waged.
Professors of molecular biology, molecular and human genetics, and pharmacology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) have deciphered a birth-control pill for men by manipulating sperm with the use of a drug called JQ1. This drug blocks the proteins essential for sperm production and drastically lowering sperm counts, JQ1 is now being slated for human trials.
The BCM has a long history of working to expanding the eugenics agenda with the use of genetic technologies; including collaboration with the German Nazis and their march toward using genetics to create a “better human race”. By looking for “justice as fairness” with the ethical practice of genetics and eugenics concerning applied science and social constructs. The advantage of eugenics ideology in genetic technology is viewed as “the greatest benefit of individuals with the least advantages.” And so by subverting the fact of eugenics in genetic advances will alleviate prejudice and make sure that the eugenics agenda is devoid of negative perceptions so that the genetically disadvantaged could be touted as the beneficiaries of eugenic applications in genetic technologies.
Prior to this breakthrough, researchers at the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, discovered the gene Katnal 1 which is a protein necessary for producing sperm in males. Katnal1 contains blueprints for proteins, which are integral for cell production and facilitate sperm production. Essentially, without protein, sperm are dysfunctional and most likely disposed of naturally. These scientists set out to alter the genetic code of mice to render them infertile and were successful.
In 1946, the MRC conducted a study wherein they wanted to discover how to better control the population growth in the UK. Their study was purely in line with the Eugenics theories of the time. They identified national policy problems concerning birth rates as:
• Cost of maternity
• Class differences
• Education level of those becoming pregnant
• Ability to earn a living
• Age of those who were pregnant
Funding for this study came from various foundations known for supporting the Eugenics agenda. Some of those are:
• The Ford Foundation
• The Eugenics Society
• The (US) Population Council
• The European Commission
Dr. James E. Bradner, a researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, says that JQ1 can also be used to treat cancer. JQ1 binds to genes connected with proteins that necessitate fertility. Bradner says: “This compound produces a rapid and reversible decrease in sperm count and motility with profound effects on fertility.”