Plastic bottles can make babies sick

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    • Plastic bottles can make babies sick

      It's not just baby bottles we should be worried about, it is virtually every plastic. And heating food/drink in them isn't the only danger, they still leech out just more so when heated. But also, if they contain anything acidic or containing fat, more will leech out. Plus wear and tear, washing etc can help to weaken them and increase leakage. Some are also hidden in that cans are lined inside with a plastic containing BPA. We have stopped using canned tomatoes now for this very reason. Lets hope our government will finally stop passing the blame and do something about it but not just in regards to baby bottles (you can buy glass baby bottles btw), and that other people will start taking it seriously and cut down on their purchases of plastics and pester manufacturers about what is in their plastic containers.

      Plastic bottles can make babies sick

      HEALTH authorities will come under increasing pressure to ban baby bottles made with a certain chemical after evidence showed they can be harmful and are being withdrawn elsewhere in the world.

      The chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is widely used in plastics - particularly food and drink containers as well as food tin linings.

      The chemical leaches into the containers' contents when heated.
      It has been thought the chemical in tiny doses had posed no real health threat but British scientists have declared "compelling" evidence the chemical is linked to breast cancer, sex hormone imbalances and has adverse health risks to babies.

      European scientists will this month campaign to have baby bottles which contain BPA removed from shelves.

      Last year US baby bottle manufacturers removed BPA from products.

      The Canadian Government has banned the use of BPA, the French Government last year introduced legislation to have it banned and even the chemical's leading producer Sunoco - which once staunchly defended BPA - now refuses to sell it to companies producing plastic food and drink bottles for children under the age of three years.

      In Australia, Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said yesterday it was the Therapeutic Goods Administration's responsibility to raise safety issues regarding the plastic.

      In turn, the TGA said it was an issue for the federal health department, which declared it an issue for Food Standards Australia New Zealand, which in turn confirmed it had no regulatory authority whatsoever over baby bottles and had never commissioned its own study on the BPA issue.

      Food Standards said the group was monitoring the overseas BPA debate and up-to-date science found there was a "maximum daily safe limit".

      Queensland grandmother and anti-BPA in bottles campaigner Nadia Duensing warned that as other countries banned baby bottles containing BPA, Australia could become the "dumping ground" for companies no longer able to sell their BPA products elsewhere.

      Some of the biggest-selling baby bottle brands in Australia still sell bottles with BPA in them, including Avent, owned by Philips. A Philips spokeswoman said yesterday that the company was acting responsibly.
      Paddington mother Alison Charles said her son Hugo was on the bottle and she had never heard of any potential danger.

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      I am crazily pedantic about this too, the US has banned BPA, I cannot believe that Aus does not regulate!

      For my bub I have searched high and low to avoid it, I will list what I found here, hopefully to save someone some time one day.

      When bub was tiny, I used glass bottles (there is a brand called happy baby they sell on ebay, but some chemists sell them), you are safe with glass. However when they start daycare they can't take glass as a safety issue. There are a number of websites that sell BPA free plastics now, (I used Caluna Loves) and I got some stuff from them. As a rule of thumb, any plastic with a recycle symbol (the triangle thing usually on the bottom of bottles/cups/pots etc) number "5" is supposedly all BPA free, we need to avoid 2 and 7 in particular. I used Tommee tippee brand that stated BPA free (be careful, I dont think all their products state BPA free). As a precaution I never put these bottles in the microwave though. I moved to cups pretty quicly as there seem to be more BPA options about. I have used a Nuk one with a no drip valve and also found a similar one by a brand called Learning curve, both stated BPA free and have a 5 on the bottom. I still avoid heating them, bub is used to cold milk now and he gets a warm one in glass at night. For food, as I make my own, I bought pots on Ebay that were BPA free and have a 5 on bottom, I still don't heat in them, I empty into ceramic, they last longer (I find I get about 5 uses from each one and buy in packs of 50-100)...hope this helps. I will be keeping kindy and school lunches BPA free, any hints there'd be good (noticed alot of drink bottles are the bad plastics so have bought a couple of SIGGs already).
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      Now I'm getting more and more confused on this:confused:, found this new factsheet on theAust National food standards website…phenolabpaandfood4701.cfm
      and it suggests BPA not a real concern, not sure which way to go, but it still sounds like not a really pleasant thing and should be avoided but maybe I shouldn't be so worried.:rolleyes:
    • Re: Plastic bottles can make babies sick

      I can't trust government sources for things like this, look at whats at stake if they were to say ban it let alone admit it is not safe. I mean this just doesn't effect baby bottles it effects practically everything. Look at cigarettes as an example, there is no real purpose to it, it is an addictive substance, it is not only fully proven and well known to be dangerous to those that smoke but even just the other week they were saying that the residue on a smoker was dangerous to other people. Yet it is still fully available, too much $$$ at stake.

      How are we to know that their daily safe limit is correct?
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    • Re: Plastic bottles can make babies sick

      I dont use anything plastic anymore, i bought myself a 1lt stainless steel bottle and use that for my water intake and i dont drink softdrink anyway as it's full on nasty things, esp diet soft drink. I have my teas in my mug and thats about it.

      For food, i leave any left overs in their pot and just pop them in the fridge and pop in the oven or on the stove for a reheat.

      Plastic isn't only bad because of BPA but it always release photo-oestrogens that actually damage your hormones and and your dna.

      I also do not cook with teflon and non stick, i cook with stainless steel or ceramic, ceramic is extremely expensive but it lasts forever and it so much safer than teflon. Teflon material has the same effect as BPA and some other nasty things, i am looking for the link to post up about it.
    • Re: Plastic bottles can make babies sick

      What about your kettle? A lot of people use plastic kettles and I can't imagine it being healthy being constantly reheated to boiling point.
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      my kettle is stainless steel, the plastic kettles begin to break down and you start drinking plastic, it also stains so the chemical release from the burning of the plastic cant be any good, like you said.

      i would highly recommend purchasing a glass or stainless steel kettle, especially if you use it often. My mum actually pulled out her old stove top kettle and boils water that way.
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      here is the info i was talking about re teflon and non stick.

      study links thyroid disease with human exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

      PFOA is a persistent organic chemical used in industrial and consumer goods including most nonstick cookware and stain- and water-resistant coatings for carpets and fabrics.

      The study included nearly 4000 adults aged 20 and older whose blood serum was sampled between 1999 and 2006 for PFOA.

      The researchers found that the individuals with the highest PFOA concentrations were more than twice as likely to report current thyroid disease.

      Previous animal studies carried out by other scientists have shown that the compounds can affect the function of the mammalian thyroid hormone system. This system is essential for maintaining heart rate, regulating body temperature and supporting many other body functions, including metabolism, reproduction, digestion and mental health.

      I know it might seem a bit of an extreme position but you can do your health a great service by getting rid of any Teflon-coated cookware immediately.

      Like so many products developed for the sake of convenience without concern for human health, Teflon coated non-stick cookware when heated has proven to be a primary source of a dangerous toxic fluoride derivative, specifically perfluorinated chemicals (PFOAs).

      PFOA and other perfluorinated chemicals are used to create heat-resistant and non-stick coatings on cookware, as well as grease-resistant food packaging and stain-resistant clothing. Studies have linked these chemicals to a range of health problems, including thyroid disease, infertility in women, and developmental and reproductive problems in lab animals.

      Teflon pans quickly reach temperatures that cause the non-stick coating to begin breaking down, releasing toxins into the air surrounding you.

      When your Teflon pot or pan reaches 680 degrees F (which takes about three to five minutes of heating), at least six toxic gases are released. At 1,000 degrees F, the coatings on your cookware break down into a chemical warfare agent known as PFIB.

      These chemicals are easily absorbed by your body, and have been linked to a growing number of health concerns. That healthy, home-cooked meal becomes toxic when prepared in unsafe cookware.

      Should you be Concerned About PFOA?

      Teflon, created in 1938 by the DuPont Company, gained wide distribution before scientists began looking into its impact on human health.

      It can now be found in many areas throughout your home. Not only on your pots and pans in your kitchen, and all of your stain resistant laundry, but it can also pervade your entire home if you have wall-to-wall, stain resistant carpeting.

      Vacuuming carpet that contains stain-resistant coating will release these chemicals into the air to be circulated in your home.

      I don’t recommend eating microwave popcorn for many reasons, but did you know that PFOA is not only present in the inner coating of the bag, but it also migrates to the oil from the packaging during heating?

      At this point PFOA is so prevalent, that even many of your sources of drinking water have been contaminated.

      Not surprisingly, this toxic chemical is likely lurking in your body right now.

      The CDC’s Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, 2009, which is considered the most comprehensive assessment to date of the exposure of the U.S. population to chemicals in our environment, detected not one but 12 types of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in Americans, including PFOA.

      This group of chemicals is among 75 that have never before been measured in the U.S. population, but now is showing up with great frequency.

      How PFOA Damages Your Thyroid and Health

      The latest research points to some very concerning news about PFOA and thyroid function. People with the highest 25% of PFOA concentrations (above 5.7ng/ml) were more than twice as likely to have thyroid disease than those with the lowest 50% of PFOA concentrations (below 4.0ng/ml).

      Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in your throat area that contains thyroglobulin protein, which binds to iodine to form hormones, which in turn influence essentially every organ, tissue and cell in your body.

      Thyroid hormones are used by every cell of your body to regulate metabolism and body weight by controlling the burning of fat for energy and heat. Thyroid hormones are also required for growth and development in children.

      Thyroid disease, if left untreated, can lead to heart disease, infertility, muscle weakness, osteoporosis and, in extreme cases, coma or death. Exposure to these toxic chemicals is likely one reason why thyroid disorders are becoming so widespread.

      If you’re concerned you may be suffering from thyroid disease, especially hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, please watch my recent video on the topic.

      Do You Really Want to Cook Your Eggs in This?

      Non-stick cookware has become enormously popular because of its convenience factor; foods don’t stick to the surface, and the classic example is the sunny-side-up eggs that slide right out of the pan.

      Now, about 70 percent of cookware sold in the U.S. contains a non-stick coating … and most Americans test positive for PFOA in their blood.

      Aside from potentially harming your thyroid, these nasty chemicals have also been linked to lower birth weights among newborns, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that PFOA “poses developmental and reproductive risks to humans” -- an extreme understatement.

      PFOA was linked to a 60 percent to 154 percent increase in the chance of infertility!

      Further, in animal studies PFOA has been associated with:

      "Significant increases in treatment related deaths" in rat offspring at doses that did not affect the mothers
      Serious changes in the weight of various organs, including the brain, prostate, liver, thymus, and kidneys
      The deaths of a significant number of rat pups of mothers that had been exposed to PFOA
      Damage to the pituitary at all doses in female rat offspring (The pituitary secretes hormones that regulate growth, reproduction, and many metabolic processes. Change in pituitary size is associated with toxicity)
      PFOA has even been associated with tumors in at least four different organs in animal tests, and has been associated with increases in prostate cancer in PFOA plant workers. The EPA has also ruled PFCs as “likely carcinogens.”

      Take Control of Your Health and Get PFOAs Out of Your House NOW

      A voluntary program for companies to reduce PFOA emissions and products by 2010, and eliminate them entirely by 2015, has been introduced by the EPA. But it is entirely voluntary, so I recommend you take matters into your own hands and ditch any products that contain these toxic compounds.

      Some of the products that contain PFCs, which I highly recommend getting rid of, include:

      Teflon and similar types of non-stick cookware: Replace it with either ceramic or glass. My personal choice is ceramic cookware, because it’s very durable and easy to clean, and there’s absolutely no risk of exposure to harmful chemicals.
      IMPORTANT NOTE Our current ceramic cookware is not actually nonstick but this summer we will be introducing a completely PFOA-free, safe nonstick metal frying pan made out of zirconium. Very high tech, completely safe and absolutely amazing

      Microwave popcorn bags
      Packaging for greasy foods
      Stain-proof clothing
      Carpet and fabric stain protectors
      Flame retardants and products that contain them
      Avoiding these products is especially crucial for pregnant women or couples who want to have children, but really anyone who is interested in protecting their health would benefit by seeking to avoid them.
    • Re: Plastic bottles can make babies sick

      Yeah I think we have that teflon article somewhere. With stainless kettles, they all seem to have some plastic, be it where the filter goes or where the bit on the side is that measures the water. The only ones that I have found that are totally plastic free are the stove top kettles.
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      yeah i know, but my measuring marker is actually metal, i was surprised at that. lol after i read your post i checked it over and was like wow! haha

      no one cares about our health, they only care about making money off our backs, and what better way to keep making money? keep making us sick! its a sad sad truth, the only thing you can do is try your best to avoid these things and sometimes its so hard as they sneak it in everywhere!!