You’re ingesting more plastic than you think; here’s what to do about it
By now you know that bisphenol A (a chemical used in making polycarbonate plastics, commonly referred to as BPA), is bad news and you’ve probably taken steps to avoid ingesting it, but do you really know how much plastic you’re still consuming? How do you know if your products are contaminated? What are the tips to reduce the risks ?
” My mother was given diethylstilbestrol (DES), later called the “silent thalidomide”, when she was pregnant. I had to be checked twice yearly from the age of seven to see if I was developing cancer. Finally, when I was in my early 20s, the doctors said I was in the lucky 10% who don’t get sick from the drugs. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. ” says Oona King
” I’m convinced there’s a major unrecognized problem when exposure before birth to medicines containing artificial female hormones is causing intersexed or opposite-sexed development in males, particularly where brain development is concerned … … The fact that the whole thing with the DES sons has remained a secret for so long has added to my suspicions that there could be similar problems being caused by some of the other pregnancy hormone treatments that are still in current use. ”
Most Canadians have BPA in urine, lead traces in blood
” … The 2009-2011 Health Canada report on environmental chemicals shows the plastics ingredient bisphenol A, or BPA, was detected in the urine of 95 % of Canadians aged three to seventy-nine… Children aged 3 to 11 had the highest average concentration of BPA… ”
Around half of all clinical trials have not been published; some trials have not even been registered. If action is not taken urgently, information on what was done and what was found in trials could be lost forever, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated unnecessarily.
DES, PCB, BPA: same old stories! the story of putting a chemical into widespread use without understanding its health implications and then trying to resolve public health questions while facing the intense pressure of serious economic consequences .
In 2008, in a little village in France, the mayor decided to take action and to move to bio food for their school… so that tomorrow, their children will not accuse them…
For the first time ever, our children are growing up less healthy than we are. As the rate of cancer, infertility and other illnesses linked to environmental factors climbs upward each year, we must ask ourselves: why is this happening?
Caitlin says: ” Doctors need to know to give adequate care, and ask the right questions to assess breast cancer risk in their patients, and being a DES daughter is a big one… more funds are needed for better studies…”.