Are Leaching Plastics Killing Us?

20 06 2008

I know just about everyone out there has experienced a funky taste when drinking out of a new plastic bottle, or container.  Not only do we need to be aware of the chemical preservatives in our foods, but also with containers holding the foods we consume.  Throughout the food chain process; from crop grown, manufacturer processed and packaged… Man has contaminated what we put in our bodies many times over!  But let’s focus on plastic containers. Virtually all plastics have a leaching effect.  The two key leaching chemical compounds: “Phthalates” (pronounced “thalates”) and “bisphenol A” (BPA).  These chemicals leach from our plastic containers, some cosmetics and lining of almost every canned item.  The problem with these types of chemicals, they tend to store in our adipose (fat) tissue and at some point “can” act as an endocrine disrupter.  The endocrine system is critical to overall good health because it is responsible for the bodies (1) Total body metabolism (2) Growth, and (3) Reproduction!

“Studies in 1999 by government researchers found phthalates in the blood or urine of every one of 1,000 adults tested.  A study in 2004 by Silent Spring Institute, Newton, Mass., and Harvard University’s School of Public Health found phthalates in the dust and air of every 120 homes they tested (www.jobwerx.com).”   The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have concluded that this form of leaching could pose some risk to the brains of fetuses, babies and children.  The chemical industry claims BPA poses “no threat” to humans!  Not too long ago, recall on your local news, “leaching of BPA into infant formulae from plastic baby bottles becoming worse after microwave heating.

Many studies on BPA risks to the human body “discount” trace amounts of leaching and harm to the body by special interest groups.  It is noteworthy to point out a few major toy manufactures understood these risks to children:  “In response to a 1998 Consumer Product Safety Commission request, retailers including Kmart, Sears, Target, Toys “R” Us, and Wal-Mart stopped selling heavily mouthed baby products with phthalates and 7 manufacturers removed the harmful plastic compounds from production. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention “show BPA is present in humans at levels found harmful in laboratory studies!” See our Wellness Company Safe Home Products.

Recommendations:
-Baby bottles – Select bottles made from glass or a safer non-polycarbonate plastic.
-Avoid washing plastic dishware with harsh dish soap and hot water. See our products.
-Find “PVC-free” on the labels of soft plastic toys and teethers. Choose wooden toys.
-Do not purchase plastic containers with “PC” stamp. Or plastics numbered, #3, #7.
-Choose plastics, #1, 2, or #5 in the recycle triangle. “Do not heat beverages in them.”
-BPA can leach from metal can lining.  Buy all baby food products in bottled glass.
-Choose metal utensils, enamel, or ceramic plates for feeding and microwave safe.
-Avoid foods wrapped in plastics, such as meats and cheeses.  Buy deli products wrapped in paper. Use stainless steel drinking containers, glass and paper products.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing’ www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for FREE Monthly eNewsletter.


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