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Can a plastic 'alter human cells'?

Blog post posted by Natural Skincare Authority on January 13, 2010 at 9:11pm

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to a recent email from Patricia that provided the inspiration for today's blog post. An excellent web resource for eduction about the affects of chemicals on the body is CertiChem at http://www.certichem.com/ . CertiChem's work involves providing "highly sensitive, very reliable in vitro and in vivo assays for detecting hormonal activity"(CertiChem Inc, 2008). What this means is that these guys have developed highly accurate tests for pharmaceuticals, food additives, plastics, baby products, animal and human foods. The tests are in order to measure hormonal activity within these products, which may in turn be passed on to humans and animals through ingestion or other forms of contact and affect the body's health and function.

This has high relevance to the mission of NSA. Any form of chemical or toxin exposure is a risk to human health. If chemicals (for example bisphenol A and phthalate) in skin care products, or in the packaging itself is being ingested by our bodies, there is the possibility of these chemicals altering our hormonal activity! These chemicals are in the make up of the plastic containers, however they leach from the sides into the product and therefore, are applied to your body and even ingested into your body if you drink the contents (eg water).

Bisphenol A is a synthetic estrogen and can have detrimental effects in normal growth development for humans. It has been linked to cancer, early onset of puberty, obesity and type II diabetes. Consider what an epidemic these illnesses have become over the last 20 years or so and the fact that Bisphenol A has most certainly increased in general use in that time.

Phthalate is a chemical involved in making plastic soft anf flexible. It is used in teething toys, medical tubing and car interiors. This is also being blamed for triggering hormonal changes in humans which is putting health at risk.

Did you know that nearly everyone has been exposed!
"A 2000 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found phthalates in the urine of 75% of people tested. CDC research has shown that 95% of Americans have detectable levels of bisphenol A in their bodies." (USAToday, 2007) This is very alarming!

Would anyone like to share ways that they avoid these harmful chemicals in their lives? Did everyone just how serious the Bisphenol A issue is? In Australia, there has been a huge surge in popularity in the metal drinking bottles. I have also noticed that skin care companies that are highly focused on natural products ensure their packaging does not contain these hazardous chemicals.

Please leave a post with your thoughts at the NSA Forum at http://natural-skin-care.ning.com/profiles/blogs/can-a-plastic-alter-human

You can read the full article here: www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-10-30-plastics-cover_N.htm?loc=in...

Yours in Natural Skincare

Kelly Makin.

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