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The Problem With Plastics

September 3, 2009
By Linda B. White, M.D. For The News-Register

The latest scientific research has given us a lot of good reasons to think carefully about how we use plastics. From toys to water bottles, you can learn how to choose safe plastic products. The main concern with several types of plastic is that they contain endocrine disruptors - substances that, when taken into our bodies, alter normal hormonal function. Over the past several years, scientists and the media have struggled to find answers to mysteries such as precocious puberty, declining fertility rates in otherwise healthy adults, hyperactivity in kids, the fattening of America, and the persistent scourges of prostate cancer and breast cancer. Although multiple factors play a role in all of these conditions, one recurrent theme is the brew of endocrine disruptors infiltrating our lives.

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