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Your Urine is now a matter of National Security.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Top Secret! National Security! You DO NOT need to know what you are pissing away!

Do I have a right to know what’s in my urine? How can what I urinate be a matter of National Security? It can’t be!

From fish to meat to baby shampoo to the pipes our water flows through, we are a world increasingly filled with unwanted, unintended chemicals in our bodies and now we are being told we can’t handle the truth.

The truth is, we already know we are being pumped full of pharmaceuticals and chemicals we never signed up for…now the small number of government officials and the other 1% of the public is being made aware.

We already know that 2 of the most powerful antibiotics, ciprofloxacin and enrofloxacin, both banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been getting into the food we eat.

These drugs have been proven to play a major role in the transmission of resistant microorganisms from animals to humans through the food chain.

We also know that Phthalates, a chemical used in many types of plastics, has been linked to testicular cancer and defects of the male reproduction system. Most of the water we drink passes through pipes made of PVC at some point.

In fact 90% of the phthalates produced in the UK go into the production of PVC products. The UK banned the use of products that use Phthalates that come into contact with food stuffs.

A condition known as Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome (TDS) is the name for the umbrella that covers a long list of male reproductive organ ailments. Cryptorchidism (undescended testicle), Hypospadias (a birth defect of the penis) and impaired sperm production known as spermatogenesis are all being linked to exposure to Phthalates.

Phthalates absorbed by pregnant women is also thought to be leading to the ‘feminization’ of the developing male fetus. The Chemical Bisphenol A, (BPA) is beginning to be linked to ‘gender confusion‘. Virtually everyone tested shows one or more types of Phthalates in their urine.

One of the most in-depth explanations of what and where these chemicals can be found in is in an article ‘down the drain’ that can be found here

Lab rats, babies, fish, mammals of all kinds and now birds have been found to be suffering from the effects of these hormone disrupting chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Labels: BPA, Bisphenol, Bottled Deep-sea Water, FDA, Feminization, Gender, Hypospadias, PVC, Plastic, TDS, antibotics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals

© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

Your Urine is now a matter of National Security.

3.5 MILLION tons of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Plastic doesn’t pollute, people pollute?

It’s no surprise that a member of the American Plastics Council was quoted in 2004 saying the reason plastic is everywhere is because it’s such a good material that does so much so well.

Plastic does do so many things so well. One of the things we are finding out it does so well is cause Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome (TDS) which has been increasing daily. Plastics that contain Phthalates can migrate into the foods they come into contact with and be ingested and absorbed into our systems.

The chemical BPA, Bisphenol A, which has been used in the manufacturing of some plastics since the 1950’s is now being shown to cause ‘gender confusion’.

BPA has been found to actually pass from generation to generation in utero. This is a topic of conversation best left to other forums, but cosider the fact that there may be less gender confusion in underdeveloped countries where less plastic has been used customarily in every aspect of life for generations.

We have now been exposed to so much plastic that we are urinating the stuff!

Why would anyone be surprised to find there is a bundle of trash, estimated to weigh 3.5 MILLION tons of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean. 80% of this heap, larger than twice the size of Texas, is made up from plastic debris. Debris that is blown washed and flooded out to sea.

Tons of plastic that doesn’t find its way into land fills finds it way to the coastlines and is carried out to see into a giant vortex of currents.

Shame on you, shame on me. Shame on all of us.

We are being told at this point cleaning this mess up isn’t an option. Continuing to live as though there is no tomorrow, and letting the petroleum and plastics industry continue to dictate our futures isn’t an option.

Not anymore.

Labels: BPA, Bisphenol, Ocean, Ocean Habitat, Phthalates, Plastic, Trash, Urine, ecosystems

© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

3.5 MILLION tons of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean!

Wholesome Glass: Progress isn’t always better.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Progress: The very nature of the word gives us a feeling of hope, the patient is making progress. The mission is progressing. The progress of research. In nearly every situation where we use the word progress something good is waiting at the end of the line. Maybe not all things new, should be called progressive.

Remember how wonderful a small ice cold glass bottle of soda tasted on a hot summer day? Pulling an icy wet bottle that had been resting in a chilling cooler made from metal was one of the most pleasant experiences I can recall as a kid. There were actually grids of some sort that kept the bottle from floating up in the icy waters of the soda machine. The bottles were small, they fit in the hand and cooled not only our throats, but our hands as well. Those days are gone.

It turns out glass was a good thing.

Glass can be recycled into infinity. One glass container can be recycled over and over without losing any of its quality or purity.

Arguments for using plastic containers range from safety issues, as falling down with a glass bottle in hand may result in injury to transporting glass requires more fuel. True that glass poses some hazard when broken, we need to weigh the risk benefit of using BPA vs. Glass to contain the products we ingest into our bodies.

Glass is made from sand, soda ash, and lime stone. Once a glass container is manufactured the cost of reincarnating it into another container is even less expensive than making a new glass container.

If you’ve ever taken glass containers to a recycling center you will have noticed that glass is separated by color. Once color is added to glass it cannot be removed. There for the colored glass is segregated by color. Color in glass does not effect its ability to be turned into another colored container.

There are certain types of glass that cannot be recycled. Window panes, light bulbs and some types of ovenware are not easily recycled. These types of glass are manufactured using a different method than food and beverage containers. Be sure to look for the ‘G’ on the glass you use. This means it has already been recycled into the container you are holding and it can be recycled again. Glass is amazing stuff folks.

As we have become more aware of the benefits of recycling, the amount of new plastics products have done nothing but risen. We are recycling more plastic, and yet more and more new plastic is being manufactured. In fact much of the plastic we do recycle is being sent to third world countries. We are simply tossing more weight on the backs of the people that are least capable of withstanding additional stress.

Generating one plastic bottle can generate more than 100 times the toxins emitted into the air and water than making the same container into glass.

Americans alone toss away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. That’s more than 22 Billion bottles tossed every year, only by Americans. wow!

For every ton of glass that is recycled 9 gallons of fuel are saved. Recycled glass also requires using up to 32% less energy to reincarnate.

Labels: BPA, Plastic, Recycle

© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

Wholesome Glass: Progress isn’t always better.

Gay by Nature or Nurture debate takes a backseat to environmental toxins!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Let’s see if we can wrap our minds around this scenario! It turns out that scientific studies have now proven exposure to BPA, bisphenol A, creates all kinds of reporductive ‘confussion’.

BPA is, but one more toxic chemical that has been absorbed into the envirnment and into humans…for generations. BPA is the substance used to create the slightly stiffer plastic items we use daily to take in much of our food and drink.

First let’s address only a few ways this toxin gets inside of us.

Many of the foods we eat come from cans that are coated on the inside with BPA to prevent the leaching of metal into the foods. We’re jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Speaking of heat, studies show that heating items that are made with BPA increases its ‘leaching’ or contamination with the BPA molecules. Millions of baby bottles are made with plastic containing BPA. As any parent knows baby bottles are continually exposed to heat. Many of todays water bottles are also manufactured using BPA. Beer and wine fermentation vats and even sealants used to protect children from cavities. The exposure to BPA is ubiquitous. There is no possilbe way for me to list all the ways this toxin is absorbed by humans.

To put the use of BPA into some perspective, more than 6 billion, that’s billion with a b, are produced yearly. The wide use of this chemical started in the 1950. Simply put, for more than a half century we have been slowly changeing the face of our own genitic make up, now reaching critical mass.

Now let’s look at just one ramification of BPA, which is quite simply amazing. Females reproductive eggs are established, formed and grown while still in the womb. When a woman has been exposed as we all have since the 1950’s to BPA, not only were our grandmothers eggs, ie, our parents who started growing their reproductive systems in utero and then in turn our own, but our children are now representing the 4th generation of BPA ’scrambled eggs’.

To understand this completely I’ve drawn a comparison from BPA in human ‘eggs’ to pearls. As a small particle of sand is at the core of a pearl, these BPA molecules are at the very beginning of the formation of our eggs and sperm. What BPA was absorbed by our grandmothers, was passed then in utero to our parents, this before they were ever exposed to any outside products containting BPA. You can see how the passing on, and the continuous exposoure of this chemical is having a cumulitive effect on all of us.

More than 700 published studies have been decrying the use of BPA. These studies have been summarily dismissed over the years by ‘experts’ in the field of plastics.

Studies have shown in lab rats that low doses of BPA have caused gender confussion. The feminazation of males, and the defeminazation of females, are giving the scientific community great cause for concern. Females when exposed to far lower doses of BPA than the equivilant ‘recomended safe’ exposure to humans caused them to take on masquline traits such as agression, sexual prowess and a lack of maternal nurturing towards their offspring. The females spent far less time in the nest, and took on male traits.

Bisphenol A is only one of far too many toxins we are exposing ourselves and future generations to that are used by us daily. It’s time for us to start turning the tide back to clean wholesome glass containers for our food and drink.

Labels: BPA, Bisphenol, Feminization, Human Reproduction, Plastic, Poison, Toxin

© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.

Gay by Nature or Nurture debate takes a backseat to environmental toxins!

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