CANCER NEWS TOXIN INFO JOHN HOPKINS

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  1. darude

    darude New Member


    CANCER NEWS - FROM JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL

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    > JUST A REMINDER.......

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    > ***No plastics in micro.

    > *** No water bottles in freezer.

    > *** No plastic wrap in micro.

    > Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in their
    newsletter worth noting.

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    > This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army
    Medical Center.

    > Dioxin Carcinogens cause cancer, especially breast cancer.
    Don't freeze your plastic water bottles with water as this
    also releases dioxins in the plastic. Dr. Edward Fujimoto from
    Castle hospital was on a TV program explaining this health
    hazard. (He is the manager of the Wellness Program at the
    hospital.)

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    > He said that we should not be heating our food in the
    microwave using plastic containers. This applies to foods that
    contain fat. The combination of fat, high heat and plastics
    releases dioxins into the food and ultimately into our body
    cells. Dioxins are highly toxic carcinogens.

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    > Instead, he recommends using glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic
    containers for heating food. So such things as TV dinners,
    instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the
    container and heated in something else.

    > Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in it. It's just
    safer to use tempered glass or ceramics.

    > He said we might remember when some of the fast food
    restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The
    dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

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    > To add to this, Saran wrap placed over foods as they are
    nuked, with the high heat, actually drips poisonous toxins into
    the food; use paper towels.

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    > **Pass this on to your family & friends & those that are
    important in your life.

  2. auntyemnga

    auntyemnga New Member

    I received the same information in an e-mail yesterday for probably the 10th time. Since being diagnosed CFS & FM I do more research on the internet. So I decided to go to the John Hopkins University website and the following is what they have posted regarding the information going around the www.

    auntyem
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    June 24, 2004

    Researcher Dispels Myth of Dioxins and Plastic Water Bottles


    Rolf Halden, PhD, PE

    The Internet has been flooded with email warnings to avoid freezing water in plastic bottles so as not to get exposed to carcinogenic dioxins. Recently, one hoax email has been attributed to Johns Hopkins University. The Office of Communications and Public Affairs discussed the issue with Rolf Halden, PhD, PE, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the Center for Water and Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Halden received his masters and doctoral degrees researching dioxin contamination in the environment. We sat down with him to set the record straight on dioxins in the food supply and the risks associated with drinking water from plastic bottles and cooking with plastics.

    Office of Communications and Public Affairs: What are dioxins?

    Rolf Halden: Dioxins are organic environmental pollutants sometimes referred to as the most toxic compounds made by mankind. They are a group of chemicals, which include 75 different chlorinated molecules of dibenzo-p-dioxin and 135 chlorinated dibenzofurans. Some polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) also are referred to as dioxin-like compounds. Exposure to dioxins can cause chloracne, a severe form of skin disease, as well as reproductive and developmental effects, and more importantly, liver damage and cancer.

    OC&PA: Where do dioxins come from?

    RH: We always thought dioxins were man-made compounds produced inadvertently during the bleaching of pulp and manufacturing of pesticides like Agent Orange and other chlorinated aromatics. But dioxins in sediments from lakes and oceans predate these human activities. It is now generally accepted that a principal source of dioxins are various combustion processes, including natural events such as wild fires and even volcanic eruptions.

    Today, the critical issue is the incineration of waste, particularly the incineration of hospital waste, which contains a great deal of polyvinyl chloride plastics and aromatic compounds that can serve as dioxin precursors. One study examined the burning of household trash in drums in the backyard. It turns out that these small burnings of debris can put out as much or more dioxins as a full-sized incinerator burning hundreds of tons of refuse per day. The incinerators are equipped with state-of-the-art emission controls that limit dioxin formation and their release into the environment, but the backyard trash burning does not. You set it ablaze and chemistry takes over. What happens next is that the dioxins are sent into the atmosphere where they become attached to particles and fall back to earth. Then they bind to, or are taken up, by fish and other animals, where they get concentrated and stored in fat before eventually ending up on our lunch and dinner plates. People are exposed to them mostly from eating meat and fish rich in fat.

    OC&PA: What do you make of this recent email warning that claims dioxins can be released by freezing water in plastic bottles?

    RH: No. This is an urban legend. There are no dioxins in plastics. In addition, freezing actually works against the release of chemicals. Chemicals do not diffuse as readily in cold temperatures, which would limit chemical release if there were dioxins in plastic, and we don’t think there are.

    OC&PA: So it’s okay for people to drink out of plastic water bottles?

    RH: First, people should be more concerned about the quality of the water they are drinking rather than the container it’s coming from. Many people do not feel comfortable drinking tap water, so they buy bottled water instead. The truth is that city water is much more highly regulated and monitored for quality. Bottled water is not. It can legally contain many things we would not tolerate in municipal drinking water.

    Having said this, there is another group of chemicals, called phthalates that are sometimes added to plastics to make them flexible and less brittle. Phthalates are environmental contaminants that can exhibit hormone-like behavior by acting as endocrine disruptors in humans and animals. If you heat up plastics, you could increase the leaching of phthalates from the containers into water and food.

    OC&PA: What about cooking with plastics?

    RH: In general, whenever you heat something you increase the likelihood of pulling chemicals out. Chemicals can be released from plastic packaging materials like the kinds used in some microwave meals. Some drinking straws say on the label “not for hot beverages.” Most people think the warning is because someone might be burned. If you put that straw into a boiling cup of hot coffee, you basically have a hot water extraction going on, where the chemicals in the straw are being extracted into your nice cup of coffee. We use the same process in the lab to extract chemicals from materials we want to analyze.

    If you are cooking with plastics or using plastic utensils, the best thing to do is to follow the directions and only use plastics that are specifically meant for cooking. Inert containers are best, for example heat-resistant glass, ceramics and good old stainless steel.

    OC&PA: Is there anything else you want to add?

    RH: Don’t be afraid of drinking water. It is very important to drink adequate amounts of water and, by the way that’s in addition to all the coffee, beer and other diuretics we love to consume. Unless you are drinking really bad water, you are more likely to suffer from the adverse effects of dehydration than from the minuscule amounts of chemical contaminants present in your water supply. Relatively speaking, the risk from exposure to microbial contaminants is much greater than that from chemicals.

    And here’s one more uncomfortable fact. Each of us already carries a certain body burden of dioxins regardless of how and what we eat. If you look hard enough, you’ll find traces of dioxins in pretty much every place on earth. Paracelsus the famous medieval alchemist, used to put it straight and simple: it’s the dose that makes the poison.--Tim Parsons

    Public Affairs media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Tim Parsons or Kenna Lowe at 410-955-6878 or paffairs@jhsph.edu.
  3. darude

    darude New Member

    Yea i was sent today!!!!!!!! Have heard before from other sources. Thanks for info!
  4. kch64

    kch64 New Member


    Last year and started taking any microwaveable items out of the plastic an putting into a glass dish or micowaveable tupperwear for heating.

    thanks for the reminder.

  5. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member



    I DO THINK WE SHOULD NOT USE PLASTIC DISHES FOR OUR PETS AS THEY GET ALLERGIC REACTIONS, LIKE NOSE IRRITATION. IN GENERAL THE MORE NATURAL THINGS WE USE AND ALSO EAT AND THE WAY WE PREPARE THEM OR KEEP THEM IS OF GREAT VALUE AND A RULE OF THUMB FOR GOOD HEALTH. I AM OPPOSED TO ALL THE SPRAYS, CANDLES, SCENTS AND MAGIC LIQUIDS USED TO CLEAN OUR HOMES AND CLOTHING. IT CANNOT BE GOOD FOR US. IT IS ALSO EXPENSIVE. VINEGAR AND BICARB WORK WELL AND WE LIKE ECOVER.
    SO MAYBE THERE IS SOME HYSTERIA IN THIS, BUT LOOK AT THE TROUPS IN IRAQ WHO ALL GOT SICK WHEN ASPARTAME IN DIET COKE HEATED UP, OR MAYBE THAT IS URBAN LEGEND TOO.(WHO CAN TELL THESE DAYS) bUT COMMON SENSE HEALTHY HABITS ARE ALWAYS GOOD.

    lOVE aNNE
  6. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Dioxin has also been pretty definitevely linked to endometriosis too... according to the Endometriosis Association.

    I have read where we have about 100+ chemicals in our bodies today that our ancestors did not only 100 years ago.

    :((
    Victoria