Saturday, July 24, 2010


LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may be damaging the fertility of their future sons, a study by Danish scientists said on Tuesday. The researchers found that if mothers had drunk 4.5 or more drinks a week while pregnant, the sperm concentration of their sons - measured about 20 years later - was a third lower than in men who were not exposed to alcohol while in the womb. The study by scientists at the University of Aarhus in Denmark was presented at the conference of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Rome. A drink was measured as 12 grams of alcohol, equivalent to one 330 ml can of beer, one small (120 ml) glass of wine or one shot (40 ml) of spirits. Unborn sons exposed to high levels of alcohol in the womb could suffer from impaired fertility as adults, researchers claim. While they may not be infertile, they might find it difficult to make their partners pregnant. Study leader, Dr Cecilia Ramlau-Hansen - a researcher from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark- said “We found that if mothers drink alcohol during pregnancy, sperm concentrations in sons will decline.”

Dr Ramlau-Hansen explained that “Our study shows that there is an association between drinking a moderate amount of alcohol during pregnancy and lower sperm concentrations in sons. I can’t say the man will be infertile. But we see this lower sperm concentration at higher levels of alcohol exposure, and we know that it takes more time to make your partner pregnant the lower sperm concentration you have.” Dr Ramlau-Hansen’s team studied 347 sons of almost 12,000 women who had been questioned about their health and lifestyle while pregnant.

In this era of individualism everyone is suffering because of lust and ignorance. Every day we see people without spiritual knowledge try to enjoy the drugs and alcohol, and by doing it they risk themselves and put others at risk. Only the Chant of the Holy Names of God can make that pure love for God and all living beings flourish in the consciousness.

Lust being a perversion of our original, essential nature, cannot possibly be annihilated, suppressed, repressed or even sublimated. But it can be reverted to its original nature by redirecting our loving propensity back to Krishna through the scientific process of devotional service. ... The Supreme Person Krishna, being omnipotent is fully present in His Holy Names. Chanting of the Holy Names therefore connects one immediately with Krishna, who is the supreme pleasure principle. Regular meditation on the Holy Names enables one to experience happiness streaming down from the spiritual dimension. This spiritual pleasure is so satisfying that it soon frees one from the craving for perverted mundane pleasure like drugs, alcohol etc.

Śrīpad Caitanya Caran das (BE E&TC) :
“The Tragedy of Self-Destruction”
“The Spiritual Scientist” - Vol. 1 Issue 16.
Bhaktivedanta Academy for Culture and Education (BACE), Pune

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