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What's In Your Plastic?   

As published from the website www.mercola.com (8/07): After reviewing about 700 studies, several dozen scientists, including four from federal health agencies, concluded that people are exposed to levels of BPA in excess of those that have harmed lab animals. Among the most vulnerable are infants and fetuses, who are still developing.

BPA (bisphenol A), an estrogen-like compound widely used in plastic products, is believed to be causing serious reproductive disorders. BPA is one of the most-produced chemicals in the world, and almost everyone has at least some traces of it in their bodies. BPA is used to make hard plastic that's used in numerous products including:

• Polycarbonate plastic baby bottles
• Large water-cooler containers and sports bottles
• Microwave-oven dishes
• Canned-food liners
• Some dental sealants for children

The statement appeared alongside five accompanying scientific reviews and a new study by the National Institutes of Health that found newborn animals exposed to BPA suffered from uterine damage. The damage could indicate that the chemical causes reproductive disorders in women ranging from fibroids to endometriosis to cancer.

While studies have yet to be conducted to directly examine BPA's influence on humans, past animal studies have found low doses of the chemical to be associated with early-stage prostate, other cancers and decreased sperm count. No governmental agency worldwide has restricted the use of BPA, but a U.S. expert panel is meeting to discuss whether the chemical should be declared a human reproductive toxin, which could lead to regulatory action. The chemical industry maintains that BPA is safe, and has called the scientists' statement "alarmist and biased."

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, The problem with BPA is that it doesn't stay in the plastic. It leeches into whatever food or beverage you put in a plastic container, canned good, or plastic baby bottle. And if you microwave the containers or bottles, you are likely increasing the amount of BPA that leaches into your food. Another point worth noting is that BPA supposedly does not hang around in your body long after you're exposed. Yet, this chemical is so pervasive that the scientists think people are simply being continually exposed to it from food, air, dust, and even just by touching items that contain BPA.

BPA mimics the sex hormone estradiol, which can trigger major changes in your body. The problems associated with even small amounts of BPA include:

• Structural damage to your brain
• Hyperactivity
• Abnormal sexual behavior
• Increased fat formation and risk of obesity
• Early puberty and disrupted reproductive cycles

Chemicals Not The Only Concern With Plastic Bottles

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates all public water while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the bottled water industry with less stringent regulations. Until recently, few bottled water manufacturers publicly revealed their water sources. Turns out about 40 percent of bottled water is really filtered tap water.

Plastic also takes a toll on the environment, partly because it is a byproduct of petroleum refining. The Earth Policy Institute notes that more than 10 million barrels of crude oil are used each year to make the plastic water bottles. And the National Resources Defense Council reports that an estimated 9,700 tons of carbon dioxide are emitted annually to transport bottled water overseas to California.

According to a report by Beverage Marketing Corp, 28.3 billion gallons of bottled water were sold in the United States in 2006. About 86 percent of those bottles were thrown away, not recycled. The Container Recycling Institute estimates that a buried water bottle takes up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.

Everyone Wins When You Choose A Multi-Pure Drinking Water System. Your Whole Family Can Enjoy Safe, Healthy Drinking Water Right From Your Tap... Good For The Environment, Lessens Our Dependency On Foreign Oil And Saves Money Over Bottled Water Too.


Tanning & Natural Health News is a publication of Tan Plus /Essentials Of Life, Barclay Square, 350 Route 108, Somersworth, NH. This publication is designed for educational purposes only and is not intended to be presented as medical advice. Product statements made have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.

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