Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Turning back the times

I almost had a fight with my dental hygienist today. “X-rays AGAIN?’ Taking x-rays every two years, alternating x-rays for everything and then just for cavities….. well, all this radiation can’t be good. She said, it’s up to you,  but I decided to get full x-rays now at most 4-5 years, and no checking on cavities via x-rays. It seems a simple way to look for problems but it is me who ends up with all the radiation. 

Later I found this article via Twitter, and could not have said it better. No plastic/chemicals, please. 

Article in Shape Magazine:

“In a previous post I talked about the notion of ‘calories in, calories out’ being outdated. The truth is, there are numerous factors that impact weight and body composition beyond what and how much you eat, including your exposure to chemicals. 

One scientist at UC Irvine studied obese mice that plumped up without overeating. The rodents ate a normal diet but were exposed to a common chemical, tributyltin before birth. Tributyltin, which is found in vinyl products and treated wood, is one of several ‘obesogens’ being tested. […] In 2009, the US non-profit group Consumers Union, tested packaged foods including soups, juice, tuna, and green beans, and found that almost all contained measurable levels of Bisphenol A or BPA, a building block of plastics that’s been linked to thyroid problems and obesity. In animal research, exposure to BPA accelerates the formation of fat cells and one recent study detected BPA in over 90 percent of the urine samples collected from US residents.  

[…]  But the good news is that there are several ways you can take charge now in order to reduce your exposure to chemicals that may impact your weight. Here are my top six:
  • Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and bring your own reusable mesh produce bags to the store rather than wrapping them in plastic bags.
  • Look for packaged foods that are BPA free, such as Eden Organic.
  • Cut back on packaging wherever you can. Buy in bulk, and store foods like oats, quinoa, beans and nuts in glass contains.
  • At work or on the go, use a stainless steel water bottle that’s not lined with plastic (or glass).
  • When heating foods in the microwave or storing in the refrigerator use glass containers.
  • Seek out natural products in your kitchen and throughout your home. “
Back to milk bottles, please. At least, at my farmer market I can still get them.

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