Call it Toxic Shock [plastic] or a Toxic Timebomb, these chemicals have long-term generational effects on our health.
About six months ago I wrote of my concerns about plastic, especially plastic connected with our food and drink.
The plastic safety debate was hot with lawsuits between big business. For the consumer who loves plastic and its cheap availability and convenience for storing food and drink it was confusing.
Toxic Shock [Plastic] – Is Your Family Safe
We wanted to believe it was safe, especially after the BPA was being removed. We were relieved that a number of producers removed BPA from baby products like feeding bottles and cups.
Then the suspicion emerged that the chemicals replacing BPA were often just as damaging to our health. It did not help when we found that those fighting and saying that plastic was safe were some of the same who argued against the science that said second-hand smoke was dangerous to our health.
“According to Bittner’s research, some BPA-free products actually released synthetic estrogens that were more potent than BPA. Estrogen plays a key role in everything from bone growth to ovulation to heart function. Too much or too little, particularly in utero or during early childhood, can alter brain and organ development, leading to disease later in life. Elevated estrogen levels generally increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.” You can read the scary stuff here.
Under the heading that “Safer” Replacements For Harmful Chemical In Plastics May Be As Risky To Human Health
NEW YORK, July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — According to a new series of studies out of NYU Langone Medical Center, two chemicals increasingly used during manufacturing to strengthen plastic wrap, soap, cosmetics, and processed food containers have been linked to a rise in risk of high blood pressure and diabetes in children and adolescents. Read about the research here.
Report By Tom Philpott – “Environmental Health Perspectives, examines the science around two common chemicals used in “BPA-Free” packaging: BPS and BPF. The authors looked at 32 studies and concluded that “based on the current literature, BPS and BPF are as hormonally active as BPA, and have endocrine-disrupting effects.” In other words, the cure may be just as bad as the disease.” His conclusion was to ‘Avoid Plastic.’
Plastics are just one of many environmental health hazards
There are many hundreds of chemicals in our close environment that would cause us toxic shock. As Ken Blanch from the Sunday Mail calls it a TOXIC TIMEBOMB. He is mainly reporting on the chemicals in food from pesticides.
The reason that I mention plastic is that it is something we can have some control over. Plastic containers do not have to be used to store our food. And plastic bowls do not have to be used in the microwave. Plastic wrap can be limited in covering and storing our food.
September Childhood Cancer Awareness
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This year, parents of nearly 16,000 children in the U.S. will hear the words: “Your child has cancer.” One in five of those children won’t survive. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and as a leader in the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® will focus on raising awareness and funds for this very important issue.
We don’t know what causes childhood cancers; there is enough research out there that points the finger at environmental hazards as being a part of the problem. Support September Childhood Cancer Awareness. Help them find the cures.
While they are doing an awesome job finding cures for these childhood and adult diseases, there are things that you can do. Be pro-active with your and your families health.
But first I am going to challenge you to watch this video.
When umbilical cord blood of ten American babies was examined to see if any chemical pollutants were present.
I don’t think we need to wonder any longer why we need September Childhood Cancer Awareness.
I really hope you watched this video and gave it some serious consideration.
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Start small, a little toxic elimination at a time
Don’t try and do it all at once, it will be overwhelming.
As a place to start, I chose plastic as it relates to our food consumption. Food and plastic are a part of everyday life. Just by changing a few things can have a positive impact on our well-being and lifestyle.
We can start by replacing plastic food storage containers with glass ones. Each week as you shop, buy one glass food storage item. Then make sure you throw away at least one plastic one.
Stop heating food in plastic containers, either in plastic boiling pouches or heating in the microwave.
Toxic Shock or Toxic Timebomb – we need to be alert and be a lot smarter to limit the effects of these chemicals on our health.
A good idea
Now I will show you what I found in my local kitchen store to cover bowls in the fridge.
The Sunflower is silicone, and you just pop it on a bowl and as you can see it seals so that you can lift the bowl. It’s so quick and easy to use and no need for plastic wrap.
When you are ready to take the next step in removing unhealthy chemicals from your life, look at this page with 27 Chemical-Free Recipes for DIY cleaning.
Here are some more articles on plastic
Were you brave enough to watch the video?
Do you think it is worth you make changes to how you use plastic?
If this concerns you and you want to hear more. For example, what causes some male species to grow ovaries? Infertility concerns. Take a look at this Ted talk
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