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Avoid Plastics to Protect Fertility

The best way to safeguard your fertility and the health of your family is to find alternatives to plastics wherever possible.

Plastics are proven to cause severe hormonal imbalances leading to fibroids, endometriosis and various types of cancer including (and not limited to) breast and prostate cancers; poor sperm parameters; female and male infertility, birth defects (including feminization of the male embryo), immune system suppression and developmental problems in children as well as early puberty onset in young females — yet many people don’t realize how very dangerous and toxic they really are.

Ways to Avoid Plastics

  • Replace plastic bottles with glass jugs or bottles
  • Buy food natural unpackage foods, however when you need to buy foods in packaging choose glass or ceramic containers where you can — particularly for foods high in fat content
  • Avoid heating food in plastic containers, or storing fatty foods in plastic containers or plastic/cling wrap
  • Do not give young children plastic teethers (dummies) or toys
  • Use natural fiber clothing, bedding and furniture
  • Avoid all PVC and Styrene products

Avoid Plastics to Protect Fertility

The table below will help you identify common places where dangerous plastics are used, giving you the opportunity to avoid them helping to boost and protect your fertility and health — as well as the future of your children:

Polyvinyl chloride(#3PVC)

Food packaging, plastic wrap, containers for toiletries, cosmetics, crib bumpers, floor tiles, pacifiers, shower curtains, toys, water pipes, garden hoses, auto upholstery, inflatable swimming pools

Can cause cancer, birth defects, genetic changes, chronic bronchitis, ulcers, skin diseases, deafness, vision failure, indigestion, and liver dysfunction

Phthalates(DEHP,DINP,and others)

Softened vinyl products manufactured with phathalates include vinyl clothing, emulsion paint, footwear, printing inks, non-mouthing toys and children’s products, product packaging and food wrap, vinyl flooring, blood bags and tubing, IV containers and components, surgical gloves, breathing tubes, general purpose labware, inhalation masks, many other medical devices

Endocrine disruption, linked to asthma, developmental and reporoductive effects. Medical waste with PVC and pthalates is regularly incinerated causing public health effects from the relese of dioxins and mercury, including cancer, birth defects, hormonal changes, declining sperm counts, infertility, endometriosis, and immune system impairment.

Polycarbonate, with Bisphenol A (#7)

Water bottles

Scientists have linked very low doses of bisphenol A exposure to cancers, impaired immune function, early onset of puberty, obesity, diabetes, and hyperactivity, among other problems (Environment California)

Polystyrene

Many food containers for meats, fish, cheeses, yogurt, foam and clear clamshell containers, foam and rigid plates, clear bakery containers, packaging “peanuts”, foam packaging, audio cassette housings, CD cases, disposable cutlery, building insulation, flotation devices, ice buckets, wall tile, paints, serving trays, throw-away hot drink cups, toys

Can irritate eyes, nose and throat and can cause dizziness and unconsciousness. Migrates into food and stores in body fat. Elevated rates of lymphatic and hematopoietic cancers for workers.

Polyethelyne(#1 PET)

Water and soda bottles, carpet fiber, chewing gum, coffee stirrers, drinking glasses, food containers and wrappers, heat-sealed plastic packaging, kitchenware, plastic bags, squeeze bottles, toys

Suspected human carcinogen

Polyester
Bedding, clothing, disposable diapers, food packaging, tampons, upholstery

Can cause eye and respiratory-tract irritation and acute skin rashes

Urea-formaldehyde

Particle board, plywood, building insulation, fabric finishes

Formaldehyde is a suspected carcinogen and has been shown to cause birth defects and genetic changes. Inhaling formaldehyde can cause cough, swelling of the throat, watery eyes, breathing problems, headaches, rashes, tiredness

Polyurethane

Foam Cushions, mattresses, pillows

Bronchitis, coughing, skin and eye problems. Can release toluene diisocyanate which can produce severe lung problems

Acrylic

Clothing, blankets, carpets made from acrylic fibers, adhesives, contact lenses, dentures, floor waxes, food preparation equipment, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, paints

Can cause breathing difficulties, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, weakness, headache and fatigue

Tetrafluoro-ethelyne

Non-stick coating on cookware, clothes irons, ironing board covers, plumbing and tools

Can irritate eyes, nose and throat and can cause breathing difficulties

Getting yourself familiar with these dangerous plastics is such an advantage. Finding alternative for plastics prevents us from acquiring any of its adverse effects.

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1 Comment

  1. Pete Les on August 30, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I’m not a big fan of plastic containers, either, because there’s a lot of talk about how they may leak chemicals, like BPA. Actually, I’ve been thinking about switching from plastics to glass for a while. I just came across this new type of water bottle at http://meshbottles.com that is 100% glass, so not even the cap is plastic. It’s easy to clean the mesh, as it is made of silicone, and it can easily be peeled off and rinsed in a dishwasher. I think the mesh design is pretty awesome, too. They say they are about to soon launch a Kickstarter campaign to mass produce their BPA free glass bottle.