TAP – I am struck by the number of people I know who say they are having trouble conceiving a baby. It seems to be a very common problem nowadays. Apart from the sterilizing effects of some vaccines, which I’ve written about previously (vactruth.com), and the effects of chemicals in food and water, there is another key area of concern – electro-magnetic forces. These are known to be bad for male fertility, and harmful to foetuses. Yet every gadget we buy and use adds to the problem. Laptops are high in emfs when charging, and should be used with a remote keyboard, and not kept on your lap. Then there’s wifi. Use an ethernet if you can. Here’s some good tips from a health website.
If you’re a man who uses a laptop often, and you would like to have children in the future, or simply protect your reproductive health, consider this a warning … In the first study to evaluate the direct impact of laptop use on human sperm, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, those exposed to a wireless internet-connected laptop showed a significant decrease in sperm motility and an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation. And this was after just four hours of exposure. Researchers concluded:
“We speculate that keeping a laptop connected wirelessly to the internet on the lap near the testes may result in decreased male fertility.”
The culprit? Once again, it appears the electromagnetic radiation generated during use of wireless devices, similar to that generated during cell phone use, may have a devastating impact on your fertility.
Previous studies have found that laptop use may damage sperm through a thermal effect, that is, by heating up the scrotum during use (this occurred even when a lap pad was used, most likely because the mens’ closed leg position, required to balance the laptop, also contributed to the heating effect).i However the current study found laptop use also leads to non-thermal adverse effects, which means even if you manage to avoid the heating effect, laptop use, on your lap, may still damage your fertility.
This is an area that deserves immediate and serious attention, considering use of wireless technologies is growing at an exponential rate. And it’s not only laptops that are the problem … According to a study published in Fertility and Sterility in 2008,ii statistically significant changes were found in mens’ sperm count and health of the sperm based on cell phone use, too. Their conclusion?
“Use of cell phones decreases the semen quality in men by decreasing the sperm count, motility, viability and normal morphology. The decrease in sperm parameters was dependent on the duration of daily exposure to cell phones, and independent of the initial semen quality.”