4 responses to “Finally…Connecting the Dots”

  1. Beth

    10 years old??? That’s crazy. Have you come across the top things to avoid/change? Kind of like the top pesticide fruit list? It’s so overwhelming. But my baby has her plastic bowls and bottles warmed daily. Ack!

  2. Catherine Guthrie

    Definitely! Here are four things you can do right now:

    *Eliminate plastics #3, 6, and 7 from your kitchen. Containers made with these three plastics in particular are known to leach hormone-altering chemicals into foods and beverages, especially when heated. Recycle them if you can!

    *Don’t put any plastics through the dishwasher. The heat weakens their molecular structure making the plastic more likely to seep chemicals into foods next time you use it.

    *Toss any plastic containers that have gouges or scratches. A marred surface is more likely to bleed chemicals into food.

    *Buy BPA-free baby bottles, sippy cups, and food-storage containers. The sale of baby products made with hormone-leaching plastics is now banned in Canada and Europe. Maybe someday the US will get onboard. Until then, here’s a link to a list of safe products. (Caveat: even if a product is on the safe list, if you can find time, double check by either calling or logging onto the company’s web site.)

  3. Melanie

    I wish as much stink would be made about this as was made about the mammogram guidelines.

  4. Paul

    Hi, Catherine,

    It’s great to find your blog. A friend passed along your article, “The Light-Cancer Connection,” and I found my way from there to here.

    I was struck by your comment that you have “interviewed some of the top endocrinologists in the country. They’ve been sounding the alarm bells but no one seems to be listening.” One key reason for this, in my opinion, is the horrendous state of what Aldo Leopold called “an ecological education” in this country. Americans–even doctors and researchers and government officials, people with PhDs–are pathetically educated when it comes to what we call “the environment.” (Even by naming it so, we separate ourselves from it.) We go through college and graduate school without ever having to take a class where we might learn basic ecological laws such as ‘everything is connected’ and ‘there is no away.’ I am endlessly frustrated, for example, by our human ability to imagine that we are not affected by the toxins we’ve poured into the land, water, and sky around us. Toxins in our food? Who would have thunk it–unless you understand basic ecology, and then it makes perfect sense. A link between breast cancer and artificial light at night, or toxins our kitchen? Same thing–we don’t make these connections because we’re so separated from the natural world of which we are part. In my hopeful moments I believe that with more and more of us talking about this, more and more good people in the general public will begin to stand up, speak out, etc. In my less hopeful moments, I feel as though we as a society are barreling down a path with no breaks.

    Thanks for your work. Sincerely,


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