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Offline Larry

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I came across this provocatively titled article, "Decline of the Russian Male".  I have no idea whether any of the article's conclusions are correct, but thought I would pass it along because some of the claims are, let's say, interesting (if true):

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Both the quantity and quality of Russian men seem to be on a downward turn. Plummeting sperm counts and testosterone levels with falling levels of academic attainment are reducing the Soviet hero of old into an ever more effete and infertile figure, who now can't even drink properly.

In fact, the Russian man is dying out. Only the UK flounder, North Sea cod and Florida cane toad are losing males faster, and the unhappy conclusions of scientists show that falling numbers of males in these species has led to irreversible cuts in the population.

This was the grim picture presented by scientists at the 'Men's health and longevity -2011' forum in Moscow.

Getting shorter

"It is generally accepted that men have an advantage in social terms over women, a higher salary, higher social status etc. But despite this men have higher mortality rates for all 15 main causes of death," professor Shamil Galimov of the Bashkir State Medical University said at the forum, Kommersant reported.

"In 1964 male life expectancy in our country was 65 and female, 74, a difference of 9 years. But today the difference is life expectancy has reached 13 years between the sexes, whereas in Europe it is just 7 years," he lamented. 1964 was the only time in Russian history when men averaged as much as 65.

And not just life expectancy is shrinking.

Bisphenol A, found in children's plastic bottles, toys and canned puree, and dioxins, the chemical and toxic bi-products of industry are cropping up with alarming regularity in Russian sperm. Bisphenol A is responsible for Japanese penises getting shorter by 3 centimeters on average over the last 30 years, causing alarm among scientists.

Other nasties

Phthalates, which are being phased out from plastics in Europe and North America, lead and cadmium are also turning up in Russian semen. They get absorbed into the body from plastic utensils, mobile phone and dental fillings.

Polybromobiphenyls, with toxic effects, has also been found in semen, picked up, as many men do every day, by sitting in front of a screen. Medicine also plays its role, most antibiotics leave men infertile for a month...

The motherland's stronger sex

But these bi-products of industrialized modern life, and their unchecked prevalence in Russia are not hurting everyone.

Despite lower pay, onerous domestic expectations and glass ceilings in many careers, these substances that prove so deleterious to the male body leave the female unharmed or even invigorated.

The phthalates found in plastic toys, for example, makes girls mature faster and become more sexually aggressive.


http://www.cdi.org/russia/johnson/russia-health-decline-of-russian-male-154.cfm

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Re: Article with interesting claims about health decline in Russian men
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011, 02:08:03 PM »
Scary if true ....

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Re: Article with interesting claims about health decline in Russian men
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011, 02:11:35 PM »
Yes indeed, especially the stuff in the seventh paragraph!


 

 

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