No need to panic men, but a study in China has revealed that a chemical found in plastic bottles and soda cans can mess with your sperm (and not in a good way). Bisphenol A (or the less scary name BPA) is the culprit and has the ability to lower sperm counts, reduce its quality and result in erectile dysfunction. Dear god! Who needs a one child policy when you have BPA? The chemical can be found in most canned food linings and has been detected in the urine of 90% of the US population. Bullet dodgers (government agencies including the US) however are claiming the tests were done on Chinese factory workers who were exposed to higher levels of the chemical than consumers. Their conclusion…. it’s safe.
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Ever since the universe started selling bottled water for outrageous prices it has become a “status symbol”. OK, sure it’s Evian, we get it, you’re rich, you’re healthy, you’re beautiful. Like security blankets, joggers, power walkers, Kabbalah and yoga fanatics all clutch the plastic bottle like it is something special. Some (not all) use the same bottle over and over again and go to great lengths to protect their precious “health” accessory, scrawling their name across it in big bold marker pen. Well here’s some news for you all, the bottle could be a lethal time bomb of chemical poisons slowly leaking into your perfectly healthy lifestyle. Yep, that’s right, your water bottle could be evil. And evil comes in the form of bisphenol-A (or BPA if you want to be trendy) and that is an xenoestrogen (and that’s bad). Wanna find out if you have a bad BPA bottle? Here is an easy way to check. Somewhere on your bottle (usually underneath) there will be a code which is the recycling symbol for your bottle. If it reads #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine (though I suspect anything with polyethylene in it can’t be good).However, the type of plastic bottle in which water is sold usually has a #1, and that means it is only recommended for one time use. Got that re-fillers, ONCE!
Now, if your bottle has the evil #7 (BPA) I suggest getting friggin rid of it. Scare much ? Here is what to expect if you continue to suck on your #7 bottle , breast cancer,uterine cancer, decreased testosterone, depression, type 2 diabetes,oh, and that’s just what they are telling us!
So next time you snicker at people drinking from water fountains, just think, the only thing they have to worry about is a Mycobacterium simiae Pseudo-outbreak!