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katcam
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a friend emailed me this today:

Subject: Cancer Update news from Johns Hopkins

1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr.. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, Corning Ware or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. Also, he pointed out that Saran wrap is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead. This is an article I believe you should forward to your family and friends--

LesleyH
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Yes, I have been following this. There is more. You should also not store food in plastic containers in the refrigerater. Especially hot food or food that contains fat. Also do not re-use plastic water bottles. Use only hard plastic or stainless steel water bottles. And don't drink hot beverages out of those foam cups. It's really hard to keep all the numbers straight, but I avoid everything with a #3 or a #6 entirely. The drinking water you buy is in a #1 and is designed to be used once only. If you leave it in the sun, dioxins will leak.

I know. Another thing to worry about.

Hugs.

Lesley

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katcam
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i know - i use plastic ALL the time. and at work i was heating my water for tea in a foam cup. stopping all that TODAY!! and thanks for the advice on the water bottles - something else i didn't know - i refill them at the gym all the time. not anymore!! there's just so much to keep track of ... :-) kat

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pansylover
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Thanks Katcam!.. Now maybe my freinds and family will believe me when I show them this.

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katcam
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yes, people think i'm paranoid; well, ok, i am a little, but we EARNED the right to be paranoid!

LesleyH
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Hear. Hear.

Hugs.

Lesley

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KathiM
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WOW! what a fabulous post!
I have been avoiding plastic for years when nuking..it SMELLS funny when you heat with it!
Thanks for the info!
Hugs, kathi

jdubious
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This is an urban legend!

Please see Snopes website at http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/cookplastic.asp

Here's a brief comment from the site "But how real is this concern? According to Dr. George Pauli, a leading Food and Drug Administration scientist, not very. He acknowledged that some plasticizers do migrate into foods, particularly those containing a lot of fat, oil, or sugars. But research has found no ill effects from consumption of plasticizers in FDA-approved plastic wraps or from freezing or re-using plastic water bottles. "

Go to the website to get the whole article. Snopes.com is a great site to check out these types of emails.

jill

LesleyH
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Hang on. It's not an urban legend if the FDA admits that "some plasticizers do migrate into foods". Because the FDA says they are not harmful does not mean a thing. Breast cancer patients are not the everyday population. If these chemicals disrupt our hormones, they can be deadly. The FDA also claims that although our foods have lots of pesticides - there is no evidence that they are harmful. Or the hormones in meat. Or parabens in cosmetics. The fact is that I had absolutely no risk at all for breast cancer and got it. There is definitely something in the environment that is causing this epidemic and the FDA is doing nothing to face it.

Off my soapbox, now.

Lesley

LesleyH
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How does plastic affect breast cancer patients?

On Breastcancer.org they asked Devra Lee-Davis. She directs the Environmental Oncology Center at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Dr. Davis is professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and expert advisor to the World Health Organization. She is the author of When Smoke Ran Like Water, an expose of environmental hazards in her hometown of Donora, Pennsylvania and its ramifications for environmental change.

"...there are some studies in animals that have found certain types of plasticizers (compounds put into plastics to make them harder) can accelerate breast cell growth in animals and have a number of other effects on reproduction and the endocrine system, especially in baby boys.

There have also been case reports that we describe on our website, showing that young black baby girls who developed premature breast growth between the ages of 1 and 3 years had been exposed to hormones from personal care products, which their parents had used on their daughters' hair and scalps. When this exposure stopped, the breasts went away in these baby girls. Unfortunately, very few people know about this problem.

But Dr. Chandra Tiwary, who is a pediatric endocrinologist, reported a case series of young girls with premature breast growth and exposure to hormones in hair products. He also documented finding a hormone in a number of widely used personal care products in the African-American community. The FDA does not regulate personal care products unless they are officially called “hormones.” These products are not identified as hormones. Dr. Tiwary made his report about 7 years ago, but these products are still on the market. Certainly anything that can cause a baby girl to develop breasts is a problem."

Remember the FDA also told us that Vioxx was safe.

I figure she knows what she is talking about.

Hugs.

Lesley

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Susan956
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This is not correct. I got it in January and luckily someone else researched it at Johns Hopkins that was on the email. It is a hoax. I was ready to get rid of all plastics. But rest easy it is a hoax. I have given the link below so you can read the article from John's Hopkins yourself.

http://www.jhsph.edu/publichealthnews/articles/halden_plastics.html

Take Care.

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