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How Our Most “Useful” Invention Is Poisoning Us Every Day

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The great American novelist Normal Mailer once said, “I sometimes think that there is a malign force loose in the universe that is the social equivalent of cancer, and it’s . It infiltrates everything. It’s metastasis. It gets into every single pore of productive life.” You would think this was a recent quote, something he might have said after the green movement became popular. But no – he said this in 1983, before America’s obsession with everything plastic was even close to reaching its peak. What amazing foresight he had.

Plastic has its role in modern society. It’s an essential part of our cars, computers, mobile phones, children’s toys – and practically most everything we use on a day-to-day basis. But there’s one place where plastic has worn out its welcome – and that’s as a container for the food we eat and the water we drink.

The bottom line is that plastic is made from toxic materials. It’s a known fact that these toxins can leach into whatever they come into contact with. And it’s a known fact that when the compounds that make up plastic are ingested, they damage your body on a cellular level and cause health problems.

The pundits will say that the human body can easily handle the “small” amounts (which the government insultingly likes to call “acceptably safe levels”) of toxins that are ingested from plastic. But I find this excuse to be one of the world’s biggest cop-outs. If the human body wasn’t designed to ingest plastic, then no amount is good. Period.

Here are 5 reasons why you should avoid plastic containers:

1. Toxic compounds in plastic can make you really sick.

It’s typical to suffer from a variety of health problems as you age. But is this just “part of getting older”? Or is this perhaps the result of a toxic overload in the body? It’s common knowledge that illness and disorders such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, heart disease, vision impairment and many others health problems are all on the rise. Could this be in some way associated with the increasing amount of plastic in our lives? Plastic food and beverage containers became popular fairly recently (in the 1970s) and have become ubiquitous in our lives since then. More and more research is proving that toxic compounds found in plastic cause health problems ranging from cancer to infertility.

2. There’s no such thing as a safe plastic.

Plastics that contain the super toxic compound () have been in the news a lot lately. And for this reason, consumers have been duped into thinking that if a product is “-free” it’s perfectly safe. But this is a lie. Lots of companies have caught on to the fact that they can sell more of a product if it’s labeled as “BPA-free.” But guess what? It may be BPA-free, but in its place, these companies are using BPS, a close cousin of BPA that may be equally as toxic! The bottom line is – you can’t 100% trust that any plastic doesn’t contain compounds that are toxic to your body.

3. Plastics can cause fertility and reproductive problems.

The ability to produce a healthy child is a wondrous miracle and an amazing event in one’s life. But toxic compounds found in plastic could be making this difficult, if not impossible, for millions of people. What was once speculation is now becoming fact as more and more research is proving that this is a very real problem. For example, almost all plastics contain that have a negative effect on immunity and hormone regulation, both of which directly affect fertility. Specifically, BPA has been found to make it more difficult for women to conceive and to cause increased risk of miscarriages. New research is also showing that toxins found in plastic can cause birth defects and developmental problems in children.

4. Chemicals in plastic can make you fat.

There are lots of reasons why nearly two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese. But one of them may be the vast amounts of plastics our food and beverages come in contact with. After all, America is the world’s largest consumer of disposable plastic containers. Interesting new research published in Environmental Health Perspectives explains that a chemical widely used in plastics, called bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE), may actually cause stem cells to become fat cells. According to one of the study’s authors, “Exposure to these kinds of chemicals can reprogram your metabolism and make it more likely for you to store calories instead of passing them through.” Have you found that losing weight is next to impossible, despite eating less and exercising more? Perhaps it’s chemicals in plastics that make losing weight harder than it needs to be.

5. Plastics are just terrible for our planet.

Whether you are a hardcore environmentalist or if being “green” is low on your list of priorities, the fact of the matter is that you live on planet Earth, and so will your children and your children’s children. We all have a responsibility to keep the planet has livable as possible. Firstly, plastics are in most cases made from petrochemicals through an energy intensive process that itself creates lots of pollution and toxic discharge. The fact is, every plastic container you use is making the planet less habitable. Also, most plastic in the world is not recycled and usually ends up in landfills, where it degrades very slowly. According to Wikipedia, “Since the 1950s, one billion tons of plastic have been discarded and may persist for hundreds or even thousands of years.”

What Are Your Best Solutions?

Like I said earlier, plastics are a nearly unavoidable part of our everyday lives. But there is a big difference between the plastic on your computer and the plastic that may come into contact with your lunch. You don’t eat your computer. The best solution, which is affordable, convenient and really safe is glass and certain types of metal. Here are some great solutions I’ve found. (I am providing links to Amazon.com for your convenience, but you can find these items at many stores.)

  • Break-proof glass water bottles: This glass water bottle has a rubber coating that prevents breakage. It makes water taste amazing! I take mine everywhere I go and it helps me avoid using plastic water bottles.
  • Stainless steel straws: My kids don’t use plastic straws anymore, and instead use these stainless steel straws.
  • Stainless steel containers: Dump your plastic Tupperware and instead go for stainless steel containers. Glass containers are great too, but most of them still have plastic lids.
  • Glass water coolers: If you have a water cooler at your home or office, more and more companies are offering glass containers instead of plastic ones.
  • Alternative to non-stick cookware: The coating on your non-stick cookware may be a type of plastic. Instead choose ceramic cookware or enameled cast iron.

Sneaky Sources of BPA

Even if you remove all plastic from your food and water supply, there are still some sneaky ways that highly toxic BPA can find its way into your life. Here are the most common:

  • Cash register receipts: This usually shocks most people. But if you handle a receipt with your hands, then eat your food with your hands, BPA is getting in your system. Avoid receipts or wash your hands immediately after touching one.
  • The lining of most canned foods. Luckily, we’ve written a buyer’s guide that will help you find the brands that don’t use BPA.
  • Some baby bottles and pacifiers
  • Many toys and other children’s products
  • Some aluminum water bottles (stainless steel is generally safe)
  • Canned soda and beer

You can click here to read my appeal to the U.S Government to ban BPA now!

Sources:

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/2012/05/2012-0605-bpa-brain-cancer-meningioma/

http://www.anh-usa.org/is-bpa-free-a-lie/

http://blogs.webmd.com/health-ehome/2012/04/pvc-unhealthy-for-our-childrens-health-and-schools.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyvinyl_chloride

http://www.cnbc.com/id/36073283

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1679908/chemicals-arent-why-youre-fat-but-theyre-making-you-fatter

http://natural-fertility-info.com/plastic-infertility.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic

http://1800recycling.com/2011/03/history-plastic-bottles-recycle/

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Josh Corn Joshua Corn - Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.



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  2. Ken Znidersic on June 29, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    I enjoy reading your newsletter but question making a universal comment that there are no such things as a save plastic. We have to remember that all frozen goods come in plastic bags. If we use food grinders the food is processed in plastic. Paper packaging is laminated with a plastic. Plastic baggies. I can go on and on where I see plastic used are we to say all these are bad. Even stainless steel surface can harbor bacteria. My family and I do a great deal of hiking an use neither a BPA or BPS based plastic bottle but one based on a polyester plastic with nothing I found negative on the internet. If it is bad then all polyester based fabrics which we ware as clothing could pose concerns. if they are bad with a person’s large skin surface area what amount of nasties could we be adsorbing in our blood stream. just making a comment that universal statements can be misleading.

    • Joshua Corn on June 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      Ken, thanks for your feedback. I do agree that absolute comments like “there is no such thing as safe plastic” can be dangerous. I think for this article the purpose was to drive home a point. It might have been better suited to say there is no plastic that is 100% safe, however some plastics are more dangerous than others. It depends on the type and conditions. For example, is the plastic getting continually heated in a dish washer. Is the plastic getting microwaved. How long is the food in contact with it. What type of plastic, etc.

      But in general, the point of the article is to avoid plastics when you can, and often times there are better alternatives. In the point you made about foods that come in plastic, I would counter that the best option would be to eat as much fresh, non packaged, non processed foods as possible.

      Again, thanks for your feedback. It sounds like we are for the most part on the same page!

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  7. Sharon on July 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    You have convinced me! I have started using glass pint sized wide mouth canning jars if I need to store anything. Also use Quart size jars for soup, etc. And be sure to use lids not made from plastic.

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  16. Geralyne Scott on February 15, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I think it so important for people to know how dangerous plastics can be to the body. They say the levels of toxins are ‘safe’ per bottle, but the danger lies in using these bottles each day to drink/eat from. Now you are getting these toxins every day! Not so safe now. So like you said, try eliminating as much plastic as possible in your life for safety health issues.

  17. Sandra on February 16, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Our public water supply contains toxins on a routine basis: flouride, chlorine, and lye!
    Flouride may help the teeth but it is a toxic substance and not needed in our water supply. Chlorine is used to decontaminate the water we drink which we have so polluted that in a few years we will not be able to remove all the medications, etc.,. contained in it. Also lye is added to the water. Why? Because if lye was not added the ph of the water would be acidic and the plumbing would carrode. Noone seems to care about OUR personal plumbing, only the city water supply plumbing. We need alkaline water machines connected at least to our drinking water to clean the chemicals out and provide clean and healthy water to drink. Our bodies need an alkaline ph in order to ward off disease and maintain health.

  18. gee on June 21, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    I do use my canning jars for storage of soups, liquids, and stews, and pastas; however, I have found that olive jars are taller, come in different sizes, and are perfect for any liquids, most soups and stews, and even for veggies. They store very nicely, due to the tall shape, and are thick enough that they are not easily broken. We buy olives often, and I hate to throw glass into the dumpster! I keep all my glass, and use most of it for storage in the fridge, or for dried pastas, if I find larger glass containers, that is. I believe I have found a place to take the glass I do not use, for recycling in our small country town. georgia

  19. Ebb Borregaard on August 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    OK, so plastic is toxic. Agree, I have used epoxies and plastic coatings for 40 years and I may have immune problems. Just to say I am in the mix.

    Glass water bottles. Specs avoid telling us what the stopper is made of: Synthetic rubber? Plastic? Natural gum might be OK.

    Stainless steel? Not good enough. There are many grades of stainless, some will put minerals
    that we don’t want into the water, especially if
    your drink has acid in it.
    Stainless from the orient (where the bottle is probably made) is made from recycled metals that are
    melted down and separated (not a virgin alloy). However there many
    trace, dangerous metals that remain in the alloy stainless that also can leach into the drink. If it is said to be safe then they must quote actual tests.
    It is epoxy can coating that leaches bisphenolA into canned food. Please name the plastic and the exact process in your description. It’s important not to gloss over the process, educate the reader. Polycarbonates (Lexan) is another egregious offender. So do polyethylene
    and other plastic bags we buy our foods in from the health food store that screw up our endocrin systems, especially children.
    It is not just the pastics and the metals BUT it is
    the sheer volume of contaminents. One little polymer water bottle can possible be the straw that breaks a consumer’s back. Ebb

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  22. saber-dance on January 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Hi, Andrew,
    I disagree. I have consumed water, and I have not died. The number must be something less than 100%.

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