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A scientist is speaking out against phthalates in a new book. Dr. Shanna Swan has found an “existential crisis” in regards to fertility rates and phthalates.

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Dr. Swan warns that babies are being born with small penises due to Pollution. Her book, Count Down, looks at “how our modern world is threatening sperm counts, altering male and female reproductive development, and imperiling the future of the human race.” Swan is an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist.

Her research found that male human babies that were exposed to phthalates in the womb had shorter anogenital distance- which correlated with penile volume. Dr. Swan used data from multiple studies, including those that found decreased male fertility over the past four decades.

“They came to this conclusion after examining 185 studies involving close to 45,000 healthy men,” publisher Simon & Schuster writes. “It turns out our sexual development is changing in broader ways, for both men and women and even other species, and that the modern world is on pace to become an infertile one.”

Phthalates are found in hundreds of items and are often added to plastic to make it flexible and tougher. Phthalates are currently found in shampoo, food packaging, vinyl flooring, clothing, shower curtains, automotive plastics, stain-resistant products, and other items.

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