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posted by Fnord666 on Friday July 28 2017, @03:21AM   Printer-friendly
from the children-of-soy dept.

The BBC reports that sperm quality continues to drop. Specifically, researchers "found a 52.4% decline in sperm concentration, and a 59.3% decline in total sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand." While alarmist publications tout this as a 60% drop, the decline is accelerating and the researchers are concerned that inaction may lead to species extinction despite the effect not being observed in regions with high machismo, such as South America, Asia and Africa.

The study "aggregates 185 studies between 1973 and 2011, one of the largest ever undertaken." It supposedly overcomes selection bias occurring from patients attending fertility (virility?) clinics and selection bias of null results not being published in journals (churnals?). My intuition is that insights can be gained from studying transsexualism. Practitioners claim patients increase at the rate of 15% per year (doubling every five years), over many decades and with no end in sight. This is akin to Moore's law, Kryder's law, Butters' law, Hendy's law, Rider's law, Carlson's law or any other exponential halving or doubling. So, it doesn't take a genius to understand that it will become an increasingly widespread issue.

Regardless, masculine medical problems are vastly under-represented. By some estimates, spending on male medical problems is about 1/4 of spending on female medical problems. For example, when a man seeks help for a legitimate medical issue, such as declining testosterone, a patient at the lower end of the "normal" range may be denied treatment even if he is constantly exhausted.

Well, take care of yourself. Eat properly. Drink properly. Rest properly. Stay active. And if healthy food and exercise won't fix accumulated problems, consider hormone replacement. You may also want to watch two films which seem to be mentioned with increasing frequency and seem to predict our era with some accuracy: Children Of Men and Colossus: The Forbin Project. Children Of Men is the second bleakest film I've ever seen and the film I've seen most during its initial cinema release. It explores the scenario of global infertility leading to economic collapse. In addition to a nexus of cast and crew, the seamless plot and astounding compositing, the film is a fantastic example of mise-en-scène which is best explained by example.

Anyhow, enjoy the films and get your medical problems addressed.

Disclosure: People in my family are affected by virility and hormone problems. I have a professional interest in film, media encoding and art education.

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  • (Score: 2) by bzipitidoo on Friday July 28 2017, @08:04AM (1 child)

    by bzipitidoo (4388) Subscriber Badge on Friday July 28 2017, @08:04AM (#545655) Journal

    The problem is not solely too many people. It's too many people living a very wasteful lifestyle.

    There is the macho kind of living in which men show off their fitness by deliberately being wasteful, for instance by driving a Hummer. A nasty joke I heard to put down men who drive a Prius: "what sound does a Prius make when it accelerates? 'I'm gaaaay'" Many women wouldn't be caught dead dating a man who drives an econobox such as a Metro. Walking is right out. Only homeless bums travel by foot! But everyone should jog frequently, to stay physically fit.

    Most people play "keeping up with the Joneses", which involves consuming much more than needed, to show the world they have high social status. I've been wondering when "keeping down" will suddenly become cool. I noticed a change of attitude when gas spiked at $4/gallon in the US during the Great Recession. My econobox car went from an object of scorn to kind of cool, just like that. People didn't cut me off any more. Now that gas prices are down again, hovering around $2/gallon, people are mostly back to driving monster SUVs, and cutting in front of me but not quite as often as before.

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  • (Score: 2) by quacking duck on Friday July 28 2017, @02:51PM

    by quacking duck (1395) on Friday July 28 2017, @02:51PM (#545776)

    I live in Canada and bought a new Honda Fit just as fuel prices hit their peak in mid-2008 (i.e. before the economic crash). Some visitors from Utah stopped by in the parking lot to admire it, and told me there were waiting lists 2 months long where they were from. *Used* Fits were selling for higher than dealerships could charge (which was already about $2000 USD over sticker), which blew my mind since I wrangled a pretty good discount off sticker price on mine.