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Bottled water in your car is very dangerous. People should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle which releases dioxin into the water. Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue. So please be careful and do not drink bottled water that has been left in a car.
Majority of the bottled water today, if not all, is now made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET). But this should not calm your nerves. The same precautions should be taken for PET bottled water.
Commentary published in Environmental Health Perspectives in April 2010 suggested that PET might yield endocrine disruptors under conditions of common use and recommended research on this topic. Proposed mechanisms include leaching of phthalates as well as leaching of antimony. Scientists use the term xenoestrogens to describe foreign chemicals which act like estrogen in animal tissues. There has already been much ado in the media about BPA (bisphenol A), a different potent xenoestrogen found leaching from polycarbonate plastic which is used in many sports bottles and baby bottles.
Phthalates are softening agents added to some plastics to make them pliable. A growing literature links phthalate exposure to abnormal development of the reproductive system and to obesity, triggering recent legislative and governmental actions to limit phthalates in consumer products in the United States, Canada, Australia and European Union. In an investigation of 71 commercial brands of water, all sold in both PET and glass bottles, the level of phthalates was nearly 20 times higher in the PET bottles, according to a 2008 report in the journal Food Additives and Contaminants. That phthalates are introduced into the water from the PET bottles seems pretty clear given other studies showing gradually increasing levels of phthalates in water stored over weeks or months in PET, but not glass, containers. Warmer storage temperatures and acidity, as in soda pop, seem to promote greater leaching of phthalates.
Researchers from several different laboratories have now detected antimony in many brands of bottled water, and upon exposure to warmer storage temperatures the levels rise and can reach or exceed the U.S. government’s safety limit.
Use a stainless steel canteen or a glass bottle instead of plastic. (See bottom of article).
Dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to cells in our bodies.
We should not be heating food in the microwave using plastic containers. Instead use glass, such as Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same result, but without the dioxin. T.V. dinners, instant soups, etc., should be removed from their containers and heated safely in one of the above alternatives.
Plastic wrap, such as Cling film, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.
I would not buy bottled water period. From the time it is packaged to the time it is shelved, you don’t know if the shipment has been sitting in the back of a trailer for 2 days or 2 weeks. You don’t know if the pallets are sitting in the hot sun near the shipping and receiving door. I’ve seen stores put out coca-cola and water bottles next to the window where they are fully exposed to the sun all day.
During the past five years, public awareness has slowly grown over concerns about compounds in some plastic bottles and food containers.
The compounds on which most concerns have focused are Bisphenol A (known as BPA), which is used in tough polycarbonate products and epoxy resins that line tin cans, and a group of plastic softeners called phthalates.
Research has shown that these compounds can leach from plastics into the food and drinks that we consume – more so if they are heated to high temperatures, raising additional concerns about the kinds of plastics that are used as containers in microwave ovens.
So prevalent is BPA that tests by the U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention in 2004 found it in 93 per cent of urine samples taken from a group of 2,517 people.
Furthermore, a landmark report on BPA published in 2008 by the U.S. National Toxicology Program concluded that there were concerns over BPA’s effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland development in fetuses, infants and children. It also found that because of the ratio of body weight to exposure, ‘the highest estimated daily intake of Bisphenol A in the general population occurs in infants and children’.
This is because if a man of 180lb and an infant weighing 20lb ingested 5mg, the infant would have taken in more of the substance than the man, relative to their size.
One of the biggest concerns about BPA and phthalates is that they act as what scientists call ‘environmental estrogen’s', so-called because they mimic the hormone in our bodies.
Minuscule amounts can make an impact and many studies have found evidence that they affect the development of fetuses in the womb.
Scientists say that environmental estrogen can act as an ‘endocrine disrupter’, which means it can affect sexual development, leading to breast, prostate and testicular cancer, reduced levels of fertility, and undescended testes. In polluted rivers, it has lead to fish and mollusks actually changing sex from male to female. The problem is that not all studies have found evidence of this at all.
Plastic bottles made from bisphenol A, a harder plastic used to make baby bottles and other containers, can leach BPA into the water when heated, numerous studies including one conducted by Health Canada and reported in the June 2009 issue of ” Food Additives and Contaminants.” For this reason, most manufacturers have removed bottles made with BPA, designated by the number seven on the bottom of the bottle, from the marketplace. Again, if you have a water bottle made with BPA, leaving it out in the sun could increase the amounts of BPA, a chemical known as an environmental estrogen because it has similar effects as sex hormones such as estrogen.
Another Tip: Do not reused containers without washing them first.
A legitimate risk about reusing water bottle or drinking it after it’s been sitting around for a few days stems from the possibility of bacterial growth in the bottle. If you haven’t opened the bottles yet, the inside of the bottle hasn’t been contaminated. If you do reuse the bottles, wash them thoroughly to avoid bacteria introduced into the bottle from multiplying.
I personally have suffered from this. Unless you want a bacterial infection, you may want to take extra precaution and wash the bottle out before reusing it. I was reusing a glass bottle without washing it out for only a couple of days, thinking It would be safe.
This is what the author uses:
You can also find lids for mason jars that work as a water bottle. Just search around. These would make great gifts for the family. The above product is ‘Made in USA’.