Exerpts from Cancer From the Kitchen?
“More than 80,000 new chemicals have been developed since World War II, according to the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai. Even of the major chemicals, fewer than 20 percent have been tested for toxicity to children, the center says.”
“I asked these doctors what they do in their own homes to reduce risks. They said that they avoid microwaving food in plastic or putting plastics in the dishwasher, because heat may cause chemicals to leach out.”
Toxins are everywhere. Do your best to minimize your intake of chemical stress wherever possible. We underestimate such environmental hazzards because we are told they are safe. We trust the government to run tests on any commercially available or publically utilized commodity. I don’t suspect conspiracy here but one must ask, “does it make sense that using/ingesting/washing with this product will be safe for me in the long run?” The question that is answered through all the safetey testing is, “will this product cause acute (read: traceable) harm to any individual?” To assume that your body, as complex and mysterious is it is, will know exactly what to do with the foriegn substances we’ve created within the last half century is foolish and dangerous. Don’t become a fanatic, just realize that anything can affect anything and you should do your best to lessen your stress in every possible way. If it means abstaining from the microwave as much as possible, do it.
In a future post, I’ll deal with cholesterol but I must remind you of one of the reasons the body produces cholesterol in the first place. It’s easy to forget that cholesterol is actually good for you and serves a purpose. One such purpose is to sheild toxic chemical compounds found in the blood supply from reacting with other hormones, enzymes, proteins, etc. As you ingest and absorb more toxic chemicals, you increase your need for cholesterol. Now you are overloaded with oxidative stress from the chemical warfare going on in your body and your doctor tells you it’s the cholesterols fault. Next thing you know, you are one of the 25% of Americans spending their retirement money on a statin.