"Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong." Friedrich Nietzche

"Any and all non-violent, non-coercive, non-larcenous, consensual adult behavior that does not physically harm other people or their property or directly and immediately endangers same, that does not disturb the peace or create a public nuisance, and that is done in private, especially on private property, is the inalienable right of all adults. In a truly free and liberty-loving society, ruled by a secular government, no laws should be passed to prohibit such behavior. Any laws now existing that are contrary to the above definition of inalienable rights are violations of the rights of adults and should be made null and void." D. M. Mitchell (from The Myth of Inalienable Rights, at: http://dowehaverights.blogspot.com/)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Better Living Through Chemistry?

Is our modern,chemical/pharmaceutical life style actually causing more harm than good? A chemical used in the kind of clear plastic used in baby bottles, food storage containers, and soda can lining can be leached out of its chemical bond and into our food. The chemical is bisphenol A and it acts like a sex hormone. In laboratory rats and mice, low does of that chemical can cause the following:
--Abnormal sex behavior
--Increased fat deposits
--Disrupted reproductive cycles
--Structural Brain damage

Can low doses of bisphenol A cause the same problems in humans? The plastics industry say no. Of course they do. I mean, we're talking about a lot of money here. But do you want to take a chance with your health, or the health of your children?

DOW Chemical's slogan used to be "Better Living Through Chemistry." With the advent of said better living, beginning in the late 1930's and continuing to the present, we have been inundated with plastics, pesticides, herbicides, highly processed foods (especially white flour, sugar, and vegetable oils). Today we have high rates of cancer, heart attacks, and childhood development problems, all of which were rare 100 years ago. That was when there was no plastic and few unnatural chemicals. It was also a time when our grandparents and great grandparents ate lots of meat and butter, whole, unprocessed milk, and cooked with lard, tallow, and coconut oil, and had few, if any, already prepared, processed foods.

To learn more about the bisphenol problem check out the following websites:



http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2005/7713/abstract.html This is the original document upon which the other articles are based.

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