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Shanna H. Swan, Ph. D., is one of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists. She is a Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and a member of the Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures and the Mindich Child Health and Development Institute.

For over 20 years, Dr. Swan and her colleagues have been studying the dramatic decline in sperm count worldwide and the impact of environmental chemicals and pharmaceuticals on reproductive tract development and neurodevelopment. Her July 2017 paper “Temporal Trends in Sperm Count: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis” ranked #26 among all referenced scientific papers published in 2017 worldwide.

Dr. Swan has published over 200 scientific papers and myriad book chapters and has been featured in extensive media coverage worldwide. Her appearances include ABC News, NBC Nightly News, 60 Minutes, CBS News, PBS, the BBC, PRI Radio, and NPR, as well as in leading magazines and newspapers, ranging from The Washington Post to Bloomberg News to New Scientist.

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Swan’s book is staggering in its findings….The rapid death and decline of sperm must be addressed, and it must be addressed now. There simply is no time to lose.
– Erin Brockovich, The Guardian
An essential book for this moment….I sincerely hope that everyone reads Count Down—the younger the better—so that they'll have the chance to preserve their fertility.
– Ruthann Rudel, Research Director at Silent Spring Institute
Grounded in irrefutable science and laced with dry, engaging wit, this epic book asks monumental questions….If you dream of children, grandchildren and generations beyond, you must read this book.
– Pete Myers, PhD, coauthor of Our Stolen Future
Swan solves one of the great mysteries of the moment: why sperm counts and fertility rates are dropping... This book shines an important light on what we need to do to bring back healthy reproduction.
– David Michaels, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA and author of The Triumph of Doubt
An eye-opening, disturbing, empowering, and essential text…
– Kirkus
An important book for anyone concerned about the environment, pollution, successful childbearing or declining health of the human species.
– The New York Times

Booksby Dr. Shanna Swan

Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race

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