The Breast Blog: Water, Water Everywhere

I drink lots of water everyday. From my research, I've concluded that drinking plenty of good water is a huge boost to my health. Keeps my whole system clean and all those juicy organs lubricated.

When I leave the house for a walk, I fill a bottle for the trip. I take water to parties. I've usually got a bottle kicking around in the car too. I've never minded the added peeing that comes from my water consumption. I work in my home...right down the hall from my washroom....which is a luxury that my job oriented friends envy. Public or workplace washrooms are not always pretty or convenient.

And, I've been a wilderness camper for year's so have perfect the 'bush squat'. When no bush is available, parked cars, people, shrubbery and speed have made it possible for bladder relief any old time. I've got pee stories coming out my ying yang....but wait, I digress...this posting is meant to be about 'what goes in' not 'what comes out'. Back to drinking water.

I don't like adding to the mountains of garbage we produce by drinking bottled water so I recycle my water bottles. Apparently, thanks to a story in the weekend Globe and Mail and my subsequent follow through, I've learned one more nasty piece of news about the power of plastic...specifically, recycled plastic water bottles. They leach toxins.


General comment: Why do we, humans, men and women, you and me, persist in killing ourselves with our time saving, innovative inventions? There are days, more and more days, where I want to run screaming down the street to see if anyone else is noticing. What the hell will the world be like in 20 years? How toxic? Hello.....anyone out there???

Here's part of a newsletter from Non-Toxic Times, the newsletter produced by Seventh Generation as posted on the Labour Environmental Alliance Society website.

On the Trail of Water Bottle Toxins...

Are Hikers and Others Quenching Outdoor Thirsts with H2-UH-OH?

For years, hikers, bikers, campers, and other outdoor recreationalists have favored wide-mouthed water bottles made from Lexan® polycarbonate plastic, like those sold under the brand name Nalgene®. Lexan‚s advantages have been as clear as the water that flows from containers made from it. It‚s tough, lightweight, absorbs no flavors, and imparts no unpleasant tastes to liquids stored inside. According to new research, it may, however, be imparting unhealthy doses of a chemical called bisphenol-A.

According to several recent studies, polycarbonate plastic readily leaches a chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA) into foods and liquids that are stored in containers made from it. BPA has been identified as an endocrine disrupting chemical, or a chemical that easily mimics hormones when absorbed by the human body. In the case of BPA, the hormone being mimicked is estrogen. Exposure to this compound at the wrong time can cause a cell division problem called aneuploidy in which chromosomes do not evenly split as a cell divides, leaving the two resulting cells with more or fewer chromosomes than normal. This uneven distribution of genetic material can in turn lead to cancer, miscarriage, and birth defects that include Down's Syndrome.

Low levels of BPA, including those well below the current regulatory safety threshold, have also been shown to affect prostate development, promote prostate tumors, affect breast tissue development and sperm counts, and even possibly create and enlarge fat cells.

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I'm going to Crappy Tire today for a stainless steel water bottle or two.

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