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A Frightening Field Guide to Common Plastics

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Kit B. (276)
Monday March 3, 2014, 12:06 pm
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The safety debate over plastic products has centered largely on BPA, but many BPA-free items may be exposing us to harmful chemicals with similar effects. Neuroscientist George Bittner and his colleagues tested 455 products, from plastic wrap to food containers, and found that 72 percent leached some amount of synthetic estrogens. Here's a guide to common plastics (often identifiable by the number stamped on them) and the percentage of samples that displayed estrogenic activity.

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Make a copy and keep it near by. We should know what is killing us.

Marianne R. (100)
Monday March 3, 2014, 12:12 pm
We live in a scary world

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Monday March 3, 2014, 3:45 pm

Carrie B. (314)
Monday March 3, 2014, 4:10 pm
Frightening is right!

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Monday March 3, 2014, 4:33 pm

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Monday March 3, 2014, 4:35 pm

M D. (580)
Monday March 3, 2014, 6:04 pm
The world needs more environmentally friendly, healthy products.

Laurie H. (812)
Monday March 3, 2014, 6:25 pm
Our world is full of scary products that need to be replaced with green alternatives!! I never use ANY type of plastic in the microwave, even if it's suppose to be microwave safe. Thanks for this share Kit!!~~

Frank S. (501)
Monday March 3, 2014, 6:40 pm
Lol, we all ready half plastic our own selves, Kit!

Frank S. (501)
Monday March 3, 2014, 6:47 pm
What is a "body burden"?

Chemicals Within Us

Ros G. (73)
Monday March 3, 2014, 7:54 pm
Thanks for the article Kit...nothing new here for me..still mostly store in glass, father was a fanatic on natural everything..drove my mother plastics allowed in the house including floor covering..that was way back in the '60's...he'd throw his arms up and yell "This will be the new cancer of the world"..he was right..and I did take most of his advice on board...did see in the chart that one was made with antimony in it...they are trying to open up some old mines here..our valley has the richest deposits in the bad as arsenic..fortunately our local Indigenous people..will have a major say this time round..they are against it.

Kit B. (276)
Monday March 3, 2014, 8:05 pm

I believe the information that is slowly reaching us about Autism and other childhood illnesses; increases in obesity, diabetes and asthma are now being shown clearly to link into the chemicals we just can not escape.

Angela J. (61)
Monday March 3, 2014, 9:19 pm
Thank you.

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 12:21 am
Frightening is right. Thanks Kit.

Nancy C. (813)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 1:47 am
Even if we try to avoid chem plastics, it's almost impossible!!! I may start to think about going vegan again as eggs and yogurt are in chem laden containers! I agree about the illness, disease connection. Our air, water, and life are filled with chems which are inescapable. So sad, tragic for many families.

Gloria picchetti (310)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 2:57 am
I wish the graphic listed more examples.

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Tuesday March 4, 2014, 3:01 am

Fi T. (20)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 4:45 am
Replace human dependence on plastics for sake of themselves

Craig Pittman (52)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 5:40 am
We've moved away from plastics wherever possible especially in the kitchen using glass containers with glass lids for food storage, preparation and serving. Excellent story thanks Kit.

JL A. (286)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 9:15 am
Glass and fresh seem safest approach.

Michael Kirkby (95)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 10:17 am
Noted & posted

S S. (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 12:32 pm
Thank you.

Maria S. (95)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 2:58 pm
I've been avoiding all kinds of plastics as much as I can for many years now. But unfortunately plastic is everywhere...even in our medication. Thanks Kit for posting this informative article.

Bryan S. (108)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 9:34 pm
Thanks Kit, i certainly try to avoid plastics but it's pretty much impossible to not use any. I cringe everytime i see the stacks of cases of bottled water for sale. Sigh, maybe in 20 years...

Sherri G. (128)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 11:49 pm
Thank You Kit. Pretty Scary Stuff. Plastics are one of the worse things that happened to this planet. Noted

pam w. (138)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 8:32 am
Nobody knew at the time....can't blame them for that. BUT.....we can certainly go back to glass storage now!

Robert B. (60)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 2:45 pm
I try my best to avoid buying food in plastic containers. I always choose glass jars and bottles when possible. I use glass containers to store food in. Never cook with plastic.

Nancy M. (195)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 3:00 pm
Remember when yogurt came in waxed cardboard containers? Milk came in glass bottles?

Vallee R. (277)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 7:00 pm
So true Kit that all these illnesses come from out society and what we use - I try real hard not to use plastic - hard not to at time s
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