I don't have time to read through all five pages of replies, so if I am saying something that someone else has already mentioned, I apologize in
I am an environmental toxicologist, and I can quickly go over a couple issues which I think are directly related to this (as it is in other
The first is polyaromatic hydrocarbons... plastic. Plastic has become a way of life in the 21st century, and it is really not good for us. But then
again, the benefits of using this material comes with a significant trade off, and that is the quality of life (debatable) is better for having used
plastics for all sorts of things. Think of a world without plastic, and it is probably a whole lot less enjoyable. Then again, this material is
choking our environment and breaks down to pretty toxic compounds which mimic hormones. So you make the call.
The second are herbacides/pesticides such as atrazine. Atrazine has been clearly shown to cause dysmorphisms in amphibian reproductive development
(regardless of what the EPA and the chemical company lobbiests might tell you). There are many other compounds out there which we freely distribute
into the environment to satisfy a whole host of human needs. Again, its a trade off. Crop yields are better (debatable, but not my field), people are
able to get their 99 cent value menus, but it comes at the cost of hormonal mimicry.
The third are heavy metals. These come from alllll sorts of places, and are also found naturally. Specifically areas where bioaccumulation takes place
(like estuaries), these materials build up over time. These directly affect your mitochondria, and subsequently cellular respiration and overall
wellness. This most likely has a place in the larger scheme.
All of this being said, I don't have answers. But I will tell you this, I do not cook with or eat with plastic (generally... sometimes it is almost
unavoidable). I don't drink soda (diet or otherwise) and I don't eat meat (fish on the rare occasion). I avoid trans fats like the plague and
generally anything that has an ingredient list that runs the length of the packaging is out of the question. We make choices about our lifestyles, and
you have full control over what you put in your mouth. While we still breathe and drink these chemicals (yeah... they persist in the water supply), we
can at least manage one port of entry.
On that note, I am off to isolate mitochondria. A good day to you all.
edit on 30-11-2010 by KringleFantastico because: Added