The Human Affect
With the amount of exposure we have to plastics products every day and the ease for some of the chemicals in those products to enter into our system, the results of the well-publicized study by Antonia Calafat (Chemist researcher at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for the Environment) don’t surprise us at buddha brush. BPA turned up in nearly 93% of the urine sample her team analyzed. Calafat and other scientist have found similar results in subsequent studies; the story is the same for phthalates.
There are plenty of research studies linking the harmful effects of these two chemicals. BPA is a basic building block of hard, polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, and phthalates are added to the plastics to make them more flexible. Both of these chemicals have been linked with interfering with the body’s endocrine system, the network of glands that controls growth, metabolism, and brain function, with hormones as its chemical messengers.
Side Affects of Plastics
- Heart disease
- Diabetes (type 2)
- Brain cancer
- Early onset of puberty
- Prostate cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Breast cancer
- Learning disorders
- Erectile dysfunctions
- Liver problems
It seems to be a common theme in history that the things that lead to great progress and convenience also come with a big price. This seems to be very much true with plastic products and packaging.
There is no denying that inexpensive plastics have made many aspects of food and water distribution much easier (though I would argue that this is problematic as well), but emerging research and data from decades of increasing use of plastics suggest that we need to seriously reevaluate our plastic usage.
Personally, I’m convinced that our health and the health of our planet would be much better off if we drastically reduced our use of plastic. Here’s why: Read More
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