49.2% of the US population is male according to the 2010 census. The rate of cancer is also higher in men. Science is unsure why, but it’s likely a combination of increased exposure and decreased early detection. Women are more likely to go to the doctor than men, and men are more likely to be exposed to triggers. I’ve been thinking a lot about limiting my and Alice’s exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals, but until today, gave less thought to what my husband is exposing himself too.
Having children is a two person endeavor, and there’s tons of research showing that the quality of the sperm is just as important as the egg. There is also research showing that sperm are highly susceptible to environmental influences. The hypothesis isn’t proven, but it stands to reason that exposure to chemicals that effect our hormones probably doesn’t help. If men are supposed to be a healthy weight, eat more folate, quit smoking, limit drinking alcohol and coffee and limit exposure to toxins at work (parents.com) then he should also consider switching to safer personal care products.
Luckily, the body wash and shampoos at Beautycounter are great for both genders. The Body Collection is a great place to start for the whole family. The EWG’s Skin Deep Database lists a bunch of great shaving creams. Aluminum free deodorants are available online and at traditional pharmacies. As we use up our stockpile of toothpaste, we’ll switch to brands without triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate and propylene glycol (also used in antifreeze).
Every #switchtosafer adds up, and don’t forget the men in your life…