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Phthalates are petroleum based chemicals. Billions of pounds are produced every year to combine with PVC (polyvinyl chloride) to make it soft and flexible. Throwaway drink bottles and milk jugs with PET or PETE stamped on the bottom contain phthalate.
The Most Notorious phthalate is DEHP(di(2-sthylhexyl) phthalate). DEHP can be used as a pesticide or insect repellent. The FDA approved it for food wrap in 1968. Some plastic food wraps are 40 percent DEHP.
. . . DEHP can migrate out of plastic and into whatever is around. Like Plastic soft-drink bottles and food wrapped in plastic.
Here's some late-breaking news the plastic industry doesn't want you to hear. Phthalates cause testicles to shrivel. They block sex hormones. Men with fat stomaches have abnormally low testosterone levels. Phthalates interfere with normal sugar metabolisim.
Plastic and Pesticides affect brain and behavior. Bisphenol A, a chemical in plastic water bottles, causes mother mice to spend less time mothering their babies. A new line of research suggests that hyper-aggression and the inability to learn in males is caused by chemical destruction of normal estrogen activity. Estrogen puts a lid on male aggression, counteracts anxiety, and is critical for learning.