Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Slow Death By Rubber Duck

This book is definitely one of the top contenders in my MUST read list. The idea behind is to understand the toxic chemicals and products that are hidden in our everyday stuff. The book challenges everything from beauty products to children's toys to frying pans.
The authors of the book exposed themselves to everyday products in hopes to research the toxic debate. Their blood and urine was tested monthly and debate came to a close. There is no debate, we are simply guinea pigs in one big consumer science experiment. Don't believe me? The blood and urine tests showed an increase of mercury, phthalates and PBDE's (flame retardants).

Still feeling like a loyal consumer? How is this for a brief history lesson- in 2005, DuPont (manufacturers of Telfon) agreed to a possible $340 million settlement to the people of Parkerburg, West Virginia for poisoning the town's water supply with carcinogen called perfluorooctane sulpohonate (PFOS).

Can you imagine... your little ones, the elderly and yourself all drinking poisoned water?! 

What about when researchers broke down the data? In the article, Not too Pretty they separated  the data by age and gender for the phthalate called DBP. The shocker came when they discovered that women of childbearing age with fetuses in the womb appear to receive the HIGHEST exposures! Scientists at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that DBP exposures for more than two million women of childbearing age may be up to 20 times greater than for the average person in the population.

There has been an increase in infertility for a reason. There has been an increase in cancer for a reason. There has been an increase to autoimmune diseases and chronic illnesses for a reason.

We need to reevaluate our dependency on our everyday stuff. Could we live without it? Could we replace it with something better? The answer for the majority of us is yes but the test comes when we are especially set in our old ways. The saying goes something like Old Habits Die Hard but do you don't need a brain researcher like Ann Graybiel of MIT's McGovern Institute to tell you "to treat bad habits like addiction, and  to encourage good habits that benefit health and happiness"..... right?

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