Beware of These Two Dangerous Plastics in Your Home

Athena By Athena , 23rd Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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These chemicals can result in reproductive abnormalities that set the stage for eventual cancers later in life such as prostate cancer and breast cancer.

Two Dangerous Plastics That Can Produce Lifelong Damage From Birth to Adulthood

There are two families of chemical compounds that pose dangers in the home that most people are probably unaware of. One is from the chemical compound called phthalate, which are used to make PVC soft plastic shower curtains or wash-off baby bathtub books . The other is the industrial chemical called bisphenol A– the hard and shiny plastics often used for sippy cups and baby bottles. The similar qualities of these two chemicals have the effect that mimics the hormones. As these chemicals leach out of the plastic, they feminize babies and small children. This causes a variety of problems, including smaller penises as planting seeds of cancer that may develop later in life.

These feminizing chemicals are called endocrine disruptors. These interfere with the normal functions of hormones, including thryoid and estrogen.

A child, when exposed to these hormone-mimicking chemicals during the critical period of development, both in utero and pregnancy, may result in lifelong injury.

Estrogen functions as one of the major communicators in the human body, telling cells how they should behave. Even a tiny amount of exposure to additional estrogen can reprogram the reproductive system, which may result to an early onset of adolescence, enlarged prostates, undescended testicles, reduced sperm counts, and smaller penises.

These chemicals can result in reproductive abnormalities that set the stage for eventual cancers later in life such as prostate cancer and breast cancer.

Having these plastics at home can expose its inhabitants to the toxins even in accumulating dust all over the place.

When tested on rodents, phthalates were linked to the following:

Damaged kidneys
Liver cancer
Undescended testicles
Smaller penises
Slightly smaller scrotums
Reduced sperm count
Hypospadias (a birth defect where the opening of the urethra is on the base of the penis rather than the tip)
Testicular Cancer
Reduced testosterone

After several conclusive scientific studies, many countries have been prohibiting the use of these endocrine disruptors in the production of consumer products, especially the ones marketed for children.

To know more about these plastics, read:

Identifying Products That Contain The Damaging Compound Called Phthalates

Identifying Bisphenol A: The Dangerous Chemical in Some Plastics


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author avatar sumit13
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

because of the these defects or abnormalities plastics bags are banned in many countries.
Thanks for sharing this information.

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author avatar ittech
24th Jan 2012 (#)

Sounds great.

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author avatar Denise O
26th Jan 2012 (#)

darn good information for mothers and us grandma's to know. Thank you for sharing.:)

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