Plastics and Risks

By Kristie Turck •  Published 07/05/08 •  2 min read

Last updated on July 10th, 2008 at 02:08 pm

I hope everyone who celebrates July 4th had a great holiday! Now back to business. Well, a vacationy type business since I am away visiting my in-laws in Delaware. (Can you say organic fresh cream ice cream… oh yeah baby). Anyway, I recently got a lashing from a website passerby that our sources are crap. It’s the first and only email I have ever gotten with the assumption that I rely solely on Wikipedia for my information. I’m just the messenger here people… I don’t make this stuff up. I’d like to direct your attention to a recent article from the people we love over at Healthy Child Healthy World. They’ve just published a really great post about the risks of plastics and chemical exposure, especially in children. I urge every parent to read it over. It’s an excellent explanation and is the reason I do what I do with this website. Here is a snippet:

Under normal conditions, a child’s endocrine system is in charge of slow processes, like cell growth and maintenance, by secreting hormones that travel through the bloodstream, acting only on those glands that have selective receptors for them, including: the thymus, the stomach, the small intestines, the heart, and placenta. Inside of us, chemicals like BPA mimic estrogen—the main developmental hormone in women that contributes to the growth of secondary sexual characteristics such as breasts and a widened pelvis—by plugging into hormone receptors. For pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and young, underdeveloped children, these impersonations can have serious impacts, restructuring our developmental pathways and leaving us susceptible to various cancers as well as physical and behavioral aberrations.

In a 2005 study on BPA exposure, researchers illustrated that perinatal exposure to environmentally relevant doses of BPA in mice cause changes in patterns of mammary gland development at the time of puberty; additionally, comparable changes in women indicate a more significant risk of breast cancer.

Please read the full article here. It’s an eye opener.