Tuesday, February 10, 2009

methel parabins and killing plastics

a little but very important repost

I've been lied to, deceived and ignorant about many things in life. I've assumed too many things in life. I've assumed that what I've ingested, put on my skin (face products) or used in my kitchen were NOT harmful. So, I'm taking control to change!

How many moms have assumed that the baby bottles and sippy cups they've been using for their little ones were OK when in actuality they are toxic?

Research shows . . .
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice website writes: Baby's Toxic Bottles, a study by a team of US and Canadian researchers has shown that plastic polycarbonate baby bottles leach dangerous levels of Bisphenol-A (BPA) when heated.

All five brands tested,Evenflo, Dr Browns, Avent, Playtex and Gerber, leached BPA. Adults should also be aware of the dangers as popular "Nalgene" bottles and other water bottles are made of the same type of plastic.

What does BPA do? The case for breast feeding!
BPA, a common component in clear plastic, is a hormone-disrupting synthetic estrogen. According to the study, even at very low doses, BPA’s mimicry of estrogen resulted in an array of health maladies including prostate and breast cancer, early onset of puberty, obesity, hyperactivity, lowered sperm count, miscarriage, diabetes, and altered immune system in animal studies.

The hormone like chemical could be the reason for overall rates of lower sperm counts, faster onset of puberty, and increased prostate cancer in humans.


What's the good news?
The good news is that you have great alternatives to polycarbonate baby bottles such as Born Free - now carried by Target, Adiri Natural Nurser and Green to Grow all of which are free of BPA and phthalate, another chemicals suspected of lowering testosterone in men.

Other plastics that are killing you and the rest of your family.
Did you know that certain plastics are so toxic that you could be killing yourself and your family? The Green Guide is wonderful resources site that has a downloadable Green Guide.

It will give you a small printable list of the numbers to look for on your plastic items. #1, 2, 4 & 5 are OK. The letters PET or PETE, HDPE, LDPE or PP should be on your product. Supposedly it is "safe."

If you want to get really radical with taking a look at the toxins you injest and how should to clean yourself up. A must read is Detoxify or Die by Shery A. Rogers, M.D.

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3 comments:

Ann said...

Such wonderful information. Thank you!

Vidya said...

Did you know - all the take-out foam boxes, foam disposable coffee cups are all #6 PS and could leech a suspected carcinogen - styrene. Phew! Some place on the internet suggests that we use our own green containers for take-out food.

Danielle said...

Great post! We avoid plastic as much as possible. I store food in glass containers.