YOU IDIOT! YOU MADE ME! REMEMBER? YOU DROPPED ME INTO THAT VAT OF CHEMICALS. THAT WASN’T EASY TO GET OVER! AND DON’T THINK THAT I DIDN’T TRY…

Posted on September 16, 2008

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several months ago, i went on a plastic tossing spree.  i am proud to report now that my home is bpa free. 

as stated in this post, bpa (bisphenol a) is a chemical used in baby bottles and many other plastic containers.  research has shown adverse health issues in animals, as bpa mimics estrogen.  specifically, selected studies have shown the following issues in animals who have been exposed to low doses of BPA: permanent changes in genital tracts, changes in breast tissue that predispose cells to hormones and carcinogens, increased prostate weight, lower body weight, increase of anogenital distance, signs of early puberty and longer estrus, decline in testosterone, breast cells predisposed to cancer, prostate cells more sensitive to hormones and cancer, decreased maternal behaviors, and it reversed normal sex differences in brain structure and behavior.

up until recently, no major human study had been done.  however, i came across an article on msnbc today that links bpa usage to heart disease and diabetes…

i suppose i feel that it’s better to be safe than sorry.  if something is “potentially” harmful, why not avoid it?  especially considering that are MANY safe plastics and plastic alternatives are available. 

continuing on that note, i’ve also tossed all of our harsh chemical cleaning supplies and have replaced them with green works.  however, after checking in with safemama, i may look into the simply neutral line (which comes with rave reviews) or the shaklee line (which oprah fancies).

post title = the joker in batman (1989) – mmm… i liked me some michael keaton. 

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