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September 17, 2008

Plastic Water Bottles and Your Heart and Earth

Plastic water bottles are toxicThe chemical in plastics used to line food and drink cans has been found to cause a three times higher rate of heart disease [ark | more\ark]. The toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor [search] that mimics the hormone estrogen. Scientists found that people with cardiovascular disease and diabetes had higher concentrations of BPA in their urine -- and that 90% of people have some BPA in their bodies.

After several decades of better living through chemical development and release, the Earth has become a toxic soup of unknown poisonous agents. Many like bisphenol A are widely used, and even show up in human tissues, before being fully known and properly tested. More terrifyingly, no one knows the cumulative effect of thousands of manufactured toxins being mixed together in the natural world. Together with climate change, water scarcity, dead oceans and cleared forests -- this toxicity threatens our very being. This should give you one more reason to not drink bottled water [search], if the industry's huge petroleum and water resource use is not enough.