The birth rate in the United States has been falling for the last decade. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the current fertility rate is around 1.66 births per woman in this country. By nature men do not give birth, so each woman must have at least 2 children during her lifetime to replace both mother and father. The below-replenishment U.S. birth rate is similar for most industrialized countries. However, the overall rate worldwide is 2.3 births per woman, and there are a number of third-world countries which are producing children well above the average rate. The top four countries worldwide with birth rates over 6 are Niger, Chad, DR Congo, and Somalia — not particularly modernized countries.
What is it about industrialized countries which consistently causes low birth rates? Obviously not famine or poor living conditions: those should cause the third-world countries to have the lower rates. Abortion is a factor, and a big one. But there is another factor, which shows up in the large number of couples who seek out infertility medical assistance — many are simply unable to conceive for prolonged periods of time. One out of eight couples struggle to conceive in the U.S. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1/3 of the infertility is in women, 1/3 in men, and the final third due to some combination of factors affecting both partners. The problem is affecting both men and women almost equally.
We have the best modern conveniences the world can offer, and we have access to cutting-edge medicine. So why do so many struggle with conception? It’s a basic biological function designed into us, as is digestion or breathing, except that is a delayable function — the woman’s body will look for an opportune time to conceive, because carrying a baby to term is a significant load on her, requiring health and stamina for a nine-month period. Biologically, neither woman nor baby wins in a miscarriage, which is more likely if pregnancy begins when the woman’s health is insufficient to handle the extra load.
For men, sperm development and motility is a biologically delayable function as well, rating well below breathing and digestion. The male body will not likely be fertile in low health situations. The height of fertility for both men and women is during the prime years of life, when vitality should be the highest and bodies are strongest. Fertility drops off with age as the body focuses more on stability as its resources diminish.
Something that accompanies the modern lifestyle of the industrialized world is chronic stress. Just handling the fast pace of technology, the increasing performance expectations of the workplace, the sedentary lifestyle that the modern conveniences make possible, and the poor diet due to life far removed from the farm all contribute to chronic stress and high long-term inflammation in the body. Ironically, our modern conveniences, convenient food, and easy physical lifestyles are causing greater physical and mental stress, which is showing up in lower fertility statistics in our high-tech society.
In a statistical review of worldwide studies, published in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, researchers from various universities in Italy correlated rising infertility levels with modern stress. Here is their summary statement: “There is growing evidence that lifestyle choices account for the overall quality of health and life (QoL) reflecting many potential lifestyle risks widely associated with alterations of the reproductive function up to the infertility.” In short, the modern lifestyle results in risks to fertility. This research points to an association with stress to the sympathetic-adrenal-medullary (SAM) axis, leading to abnormal hormone levels that negatively impact fertility. Chronic stress loads down the body’s metabolism and reduces its ability to further load it with reproduction.
If you’ve had any computer for a while, you are familiar with automatic updates. To keep the computer optimized with the latest software, the operating system loads new code onto your computer regularly. Eventually though, you will get a surprise notice that says your computer is not capable of accepting the next update, because the computer hardware is insufficient and unable to handle the load the update would require. The solutions offered are to either upgrade your computer with more memory, a faster processor, some other enhancement, or just get a new computer. They are saying, in essence, that your computer is too weak to handle the additional load, and you either need to strengthen it or replace it with a stronger one.
The “baby” is the new version of the operating system that the automatic update is trying to proliferate. Before loading it, the process checks to see that your computer can handle the update. Unlike computer hardware, your body’s “hardware” is adjustable: while you can’t stop aging, you can improve your health. If you are in the child-bearing years and have no physical blockage or organ damage, you can improve your “hardware” to the point at which the “update” can occur. When your basic biology is in good shape and you have energy to spare, your fertility increases — it’s now a safe time when conception is deemed by your body as likely to succeed.
Fertility is like the proverbial canary in a coal mine: when fertility is low, it’s a warning sign that health is being hampered. If you wish to have a baby, should you bypass this warning in an attempt to bypass nature? If you do, you are bypassing the safety features of your body. You may succeed, but you are risking your health and that of your baby when your biology is saying that it isn’t the right time.
A review article published in Stresses takes a deep look at the various forms of stress that research shows impact fertility. All the various types of stress have a combined negative impact, so let’s consider each:
Psychological stress, which is what we usually consider to be chronic stress: professional/work-related, financial worries, constant marital tension — anything that causes constant nagging fear, worry, or upset. The researchers state that psychological stress is the primary cause of infertility. For men, stress-induced impacts on the immune system can trigger disruptions in the blood-testis barrier, causing abnormal semen; and for women can cause repeated implantation failure and miscarriage.
Emotional stress, which is a form of mental stress with high, sharp emotional content — a simple example is getting a bad medical diagnosis, including one of infertility. This stress particularly affects changes the hypothalamic-pituitary (brain to gland) functioning, which controls the adrenal and gonadal (testis or ovaries) hormone production. Emotional stress is often chronic, leading to continued suppression of sexual hormone production.
Metabolic stress refers to physical health. Poor diet, insufficient exercise, poor hydration and low sleep all contribute to metabolic stress. Even if someone is in a good mental and emotional state, these physical factors reduce health which affects all systems, including the reproductive systems. This form of stress can lead to obesity and the metabolic syndrome, and can cause menstrual irregularity and even complete infertility. As stated by the researchers: “Women with greater BMI exhibit lower fecundity…”
Oxidative stress is caused by air, water, and food toxins — for most of us, the main culprit is food. Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) directly damages cells, causing inflammation because the body inflames as part of its repair process. According to the researchers, ROS damages sperm motility and promotes testicular hypoxia, worsens obesity and insulin resistance, and leads to vitamin deficiencies. Systemic oxidative stress is a health risk to every cell for both men and women.
The researchers summed this up with, “Stress can disrupt the functions of the HPG axis which results in a reduction in the process of steroidogenesis (production of male and female sex hormones) and spermiogenesis, which may also provoke the chance of infection and inflammation…”
As you can see, the processes leading to conception and healthy delivery are complex, involving both men and women, and are easily disrupted. Low fertility indicates a lowered state of health. You’ve probably noticed when you are going about your daily affairs that your plans for the day often give way to urgent matters that come up: where what you need to do gets crowded out by urgent matters: this is a short-term gain but long-term loss. Your body is faced with short-term needs that crowd out long-term goals, such as reproduction. Stress is such a short-term issue — at least it’s supposed to be short term. When stress is abundant, your body concentrates on the immediate urgencies. If your stress is chronic, the long-term goals get pushed off indefinitely.
Forcing your body artificially into pregnancy sounds great, but you can’t artificially support all the complex mechanisms required to bring a baby safely into this world. Health is required so your body can stop dealing with emergencies and focus on the long term, with enough energy to spare. Your health goals and reproductive goals fit together and require the same lifestyle improvements. Besides needing to be healthy to conceive, you really want to be healthy when you have children running around — you’ll want to be able to keep up!
Dr. Nemec’s Review
Getting pregnant is a part of health. When your health is sufficient, you can become pregnant; if your health is not, you won’t — and when we say your health, we mean husband’s and wife’s health, because it takes two to make a baby.
So what are the major factors in producing health which lead to pregnancy and a healthy baby delivery? According to the research, various stressors.
Let’s look at one:
This is the most major cause of stress. It comes from the mind. It comes from personality, beliefs systems, attitudes and perceptions. You can simply say you are a product of your early environment, because that environment shaped your nervous system, your brain, your thoughts, and your mind.
When we do our 3-D brain imaging on patients at Revolution New Medicine, which is a part of our Nemec New Medicine® MBEB Protocol, we can see subconscious and conscious stress programs which gets stored in the brain and show up with very specific brainwave patterns. This is the most important indicator of chronic stress, because if the brain is emanating frequencies of stress imbalance then it will send messages and electromagnetic frequencies to all the cells of the body, broadcasting the present and chronic stress. This is a high alert. It’s like an alarm that goes off at the fire station. This always stimulates action, which includes stress hormone production. The problem is: when your body secretes stress hormones, being in a state of high alert, it is not in a state to produce a pregnancy and bring forth a baby.
Most American couples that are younger and trying to have a baby are significantly stressed out just by the world around them. Now, combine that with stored stress programs on the hard drive of their brains, this magnifies the stress a hundredfold. Are you seeing where the problem develops?
If you have a stress program playing on the hard drive of your brain, emanating frequencies to all the cells of the body telling them to run away from a lion — we’re in danger mode. Now the body’s physiology absolutely does not want to shift into a parasympathetic-dominant mode to conceive and bring forth a healthy baby.
The problem is that Americans won’t take no for an answer. So what a young couple does that cannot conceive is to force the issue by seeking infertility counseling, which usually leads to infertility drugs all the way up to in vitro fertilization.
What do you think your great grandmother would say about this? “Honey, this just isn’t natural. It’s not the way it was meant to be.”
So, you force your body to become pregnant by all these artificially-induced medications and techniques, and let’s say you do get pregnant. This is when you’re on shaky ground.
Why? Because you’re going against the natural course; you simply are forcing a pregnancy, and if you conceive and give birth, chances are the child will be compromised in some way or you will be compromised in some way because of the drain of the pregnancy.
There is a better way
For over 40 years at Revolution New Medicine we have completely removed all the sources of stress on the human body. When we do this for both the mother to be AND the father to be, the most amazing thing happens: the woman gets pregnant, has a normal pregnancy, gives birth to a very healthy happy and balanced baby, and she herself is not drained.
Over these 40 years, we have seen numerous couples get pregnant when they otherwise could not — even with all the artificial interventions, they still could not, which was definitely to their advantage so they would not compromise the baby or the mother. These same couples under our care to remove the chronic stressors in their mind and body have given birth to multiple extremely healthy babies.
What we have noted over these years for those that already had numerous children before coming to Revolution New Medicine
There is clear difference between the children that are birthed after being on our program versus the ones before being on our program. One mother had already had eight children before coming to us. When her system was balanced and she conceived, went into pregnancy and delivery, and then raised the children after reducing all stressors in the system at Revolution New Medicine, the mother’s response was: “Since being on this program my children are more neurologically advanced. They are more alert, they sit up much sooner, they are stronger. They learn much faster overall.” They are the healthiest children they have ever had; and they did not have unhealthy children before, but what they were stating was that these children had a significant advantage which they wish the prior children also had.
What was the advantage?
To reduce the stress programming in the system prior to becoming pregnant.
So, if you or anyone you know is thinking about having a child, remember for the child’s sake, you must become very balanced, very healthy and very stress resilient BEFORE — and we will say it again — BEFORE you become pregnant. You owe this to your children. You also owe it to yourself. It’s beautiful when things in life benefit everyone and everyone gets healthier. Mother, father and children are born healthy and develop healthy the way they were meant to be.
Here are the ways we can help you in your health journey:
- Outpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-has the most benefit of teaching, treatment, live classes and personalized coaching. This program has the most contact with Dr. Nemec with 3- 6 month programs that can be turned into a regular checking and support program for life. This is our core program that has helped so many restore their health and maintain that restoration for years.
- Inpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-is our four-week intensive inpatient program for those that are not in driving distance, usually over 4 hour drive. This is the program that is an intensive jumpstart with treatment, teaching, live classes and coaching designed for all our international patients along with those in the US that do not live in Illinois. This program is very effective especially when combined with our new membership program support.
- Stay at Home Program-is offered to continental US patients who cannot come to Total Health Institute but still want a more personal, customized plan to restore their health. This program also includes our Learn Membership Program.
- Membership Program is our newest program offered for those that want to work on their health at a high level and want access to the teaching at Total Health Institute along with the Forums: both Dr. Nemec’s posts and other members posting. And also, to have the chance to get personalized questions answered on the conference calls which are all archived in case you miss the call. The Membership Program has 3 levels to choose from: Learn, Overcome and Master. The difference is at the Overcome and Master levels you received one on one calls with Dr. Nemec personalizing your program for your areas of focus.