Your water bottle is killing you!

Here is more evidence of what I’ve been saying and coming to understand is a real threat to the health of everyone. I’m going to make a few statements that are opinion and may not necessarily be fact, but hopefully will illustrate what I am thinking.

Here’s a little history of Bisphenol A as I recollect from some collection of articles I’ve read. While Bisphenol A was first synthesized in 1891, the first evidence of its estrogenicity came from experiments in the 1930’s feeding BPA to ovariectomised rats.

Another compound invented during that era, diethylstilbestrol, turned out to be more powerful as an estrogen, so bisphenol A was shelved… until polymer chemists discovered that it could be polymerized to form polycarbonate plastic. Unfortunately, the ester bond that links BPA monomers to one another to form a polymer is not stable and hence the polymer decays with time, releasing BPA into materials with which it comes into contact, for example food or water.  [ More ]

Fantastic a brand new odorless and tasteless toxic plastic to use for our food containers!

Fast forward again to the 1980’s. There is BOOM in the bottled liquids industry and almost every type of drink is bottled in shiny new ultra clear plastic bottles, aluminum, or glass. We won’t even get into those wax coated paper cartons which you find used for some milks and juices.

The trend continues and a massive influx of designer waters arrives on the shelves of the supermarkets. In fact you may find that the bottled water and the soda isles in the grocery stores consume almost the same shelf space.

Later it’s discovered that plastics made with Bisphenol A absolutely 100% without a doubt leech into whatever it comes into contact with. This occurs mostly in plastics that are exposed to heat and light as well as plastics that are used more than once. Like when people refill water bottles.

Ask yourself what types of health issues have also been on the rapid increase. Breast cancer? Prostate cancer, Obesity? Birth defects? Autism (although many attribute that to over immunizing and vaccinating) The evidence is overwhelming and it is my belief that a measurable portion of the blame can be attributed to the introduction of Bisphenol into our biology.

It’s become so popular to be drinking filtered gourmet water from these plastic bottles that we don’t even think about what that plastic is putting into our systems. It is such a legitimate threat that large cities have put a ban on toys made with this chemical. [ Read this ].

So what can you do? Well for starters stop using plastic unless you absolutely have to. Especially if you are pregnant! Change out your flashy clear super sexy estrogen packed refillable plastic water bottles with bottles from SIGG. The easiest way to find them is to go to your nearest Camping store or Whole Foods grocery store. Then get on Google and start doing research.

And if you drink out of a water cooler think about how those large plastic bottles sit out in the sun all day waiting to be delivered and then get re-filled and re-delivered to another unsuspecting victim.

But wait! There is relief. You can use plastic #2. How do you know it’s #2 plastic? Well, look on the bottom of any plastic container or product and you’ll very likely see a recycle triangle with a number in the center of it. If it’s #2 plastic chances are that it’s a milky non-see-through type of plastic. Similar to what you see milk jugs made from.

What’s the draw back of using #2 plastic? Well it’s not as pretty, and it may on occasion have a faint smell of…well…plastic. That is what it is after all. If you must be the type of person that drinks filtered water then buy the 2.5 gallon style of container which you can keep in your refrigerator and re-fill your SIGG bottle. Companies like Sparkletts will deliver 2.5 gallon water containers just as eagerly as the 5 gallon re-used jugs.

I could simply go on and on about this subject however I feel that the thousands of websites and books covering this topic should cover everything that I covered here and more.

Please take this seriously and for the guys out there. If you want to keep your prostate happy stop using these deadly plastics. Ladies, if you like your breasts stop using these deadly plastics.

A quote from “…The study is cited as evidence for the hypothesis that environmental exposure to bisphenol A as a fetus can cause breast cancer in adult women…”

A simple search for the term Bisphenol will give you links to sites like this one.

Here is a whole list of issues attributed to Bisphenol A.

It’s as simple as that. Good luck.

Here is a very powerful recent article about this topic.

TUESDAY, July 31, 2007 (HealthDay News) — Fetal exposure to a chemical in plastics can affect infant health, a new study shows, but folic acid, as well as genistein, an active ingredient in soy, may both help protect babies from those effects.

The Duke University research team demonstrated that exposing baby mice in the womb to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in most plastics, changed the physical appearance of the mice, although not their genes.

The results demonstrate that chemical exposures during pregnancy can affect the way genes are expressed, the researchers say.

The researchers used a strain of agouti mice that are known to be born slender and brown. When mouse mothers received BPA, a significant number of the baby mice were born with a yellow coat. Previous studies have shown that yellow agouti mice are also at risk for diabetes, obesity and cancer.

“The fact that the mice fed BPA had a yellow coat and likely would grow to be obese as adults demonstrates that this single substance had a system-wide effect,” senior researcher Dana Dolinoy said in a prepared statement. “A comparison between the large yellow mice and the normal brown mice showed identical genetic makeup, yet strikingly different appearances,” the researcher said.

“Just as importantly, when pregnant mothers were given folic acid or genistein, the epigenetic [gene expression-linked] influence of BPA was counteracted,” Dolinoy added.

BPA is found in a wide variety of products, including plastic water bottles, food containers and baby bottles. While laboratory studies such as this one have demonstrated an impact on animals, there is no clear answer about the potential impact on human health.

Writing in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the researchers note that the amount of BPA used in this study was five times less than the amount considered harmful in mice, demonstrating that even a minimal amount affects the expression of a mouse’s genes.

The Duke team suggest that moms who consume folic acid and genistein during pregnancy might help protect their babies from the possible impact of BPA. Their research does not suggest an appropriate dose for humans. Folic acid is a B vitamin that is already recommended for women during their childbearing years, due to its known ability to protect babies against brain and spinal birth defects. Women should take 400 micrograms of folic acid daily, according to government recommendations.

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