Plastics…

Okay everyone… not trying to beat a dead horse here… but when it comes to things that I am passionate about I really want to get the message out. Informed and educated decisions are what I want everyone to be able to make. We may not agree, but I will support your decision as long as you make an educated one.

Plastics are utilized everyday in ways that help us. Unfortunately plastics can also be a danger. Please read this article that was written in the LA Times about a chemical  used in infant bottles that is harmful to their health.

I have been preaching… standing on my soapbox screaming, about the dangers of plastics (especially where food storage is concerned) for years. Please don’t store food or liquids in plastic containers. Chemicals in the plastics have been found to “leach” into the foods or liquids that are stored in them. These chemicals can have major implications on your health. Now obviously, occasionally being exposed to these types of things is not the end of the world. However, being aware and conscious of this is prevention. Like the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure”. This is so true.

Store your leftover foods in glass storage containers. You can get them from discount stores with lids. They work great and keep your leftovers fresh and free of unwanted chemicals. Minimize the amount of plastic water bottles that you buy. Purchase reusable bottles (we will offer them here for you shortly) from Wholefoods. They are polycarbonate plastic bottles that are glass like. They do not leach these dangerous chemicals. I don’t advocate storage per se of water even in these bottles, but to fill them up and use them throughout the day is optimal. Not only are you helping the environment, you are protecting your health. These bottles are available through Wholefoods Market from New Wave Enviro Products.

Again, I am totally perplexed as to why chemicals like the ones discussed in the article in the LA Times are in products that we use to consume foods and beverages. These chemicals in plastics mimic very harmful, artificial hormones in the body that your system doesn’t really understand what to do with. Air Fresheners in our cars and homes also mimic these harmful chemicals and cause our hormones to get out of whack.

I have been treating hormonal related imbalances in my patients for years. Anything that can be done to minimize the risk of exposure to these things makes health much easier to maintain and treat.  This is not something that we need to be scared of – there are simple things that can be changed or modified in our lives that make very helpful differences.

Please be kind to the environment. Recycle whenever possible. We are clogging the earth with trash that she can’t handle. Companies like Enviro and Seventh Generation take great pride in trying to protect Mother Earth. Let’s all kick in and do what we can. Don’t take a bag from the store for one product. Bring a canvas bag with you when you head to the grocery store. If everyone kicks in, the positive benefits for all of us, and Mother Earth, will be priceless.