BPA, Chemical Used To Make Plastics, Found To Leach From Polycarbonate Drinking Bottles Into Humans

Do not uncap this convenient silent menace
plastic water bottles:
• outgas estrogen mimics, xenoestrogens, into the water they hold, which upsets our hormonal balance
• pack landfills where they outgas, upsetting hormonal balances of many creatures
• boost cost of water higher than gasoline and 240 to 10,000 times higher than tap water
• are the fastest growing section of the beverage market
• deplete our oil reserves — we could carry our own more durable, non-toxic container for water.
• heat up Big Mama through plastic materials, manufacture and easy disposal.
Bottled water has become one of the largest industries in the world. Over half of all
Americans drink bottled water, spending 240-10,000 times more per gallon for bottled
water than they do for tap water, a trend largely fueled by the misconception that bottled
water is safer or healthier than tap water.

Is bottled water really the best way to get healthy, great tasting water?
How do you know about the quality of the water your buying?
Is the cost worth it?
Controversial reports from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Washington, DC, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Gland, Switzerland, say no. Even the Federal agency that regulates bottled water quality, the FDA, says no! "Companies who market bottled water as being safer than tap water are defrauding the American public." U.S. FDA. Get full story here.
Xenoestrogens (estrogen hormone mimics) can be released from some commonly used plastic materials.
The water that was placed in these plastic bottles may have been impeccable and perfect in the beginning, but the bottles outgas into the water, accumulating xenoestrongens particularly in the heat. Their effect is to trick the pituitary into thinking that there are high estrogens present in the blood. Then the pituitary's hormone, FSH, follicle stimulating hormone, doesn't request the required supply of estrogens, as it otherwise would have done.
The pituitary's signaling system reads xenoestrogens as real estrogens. They are not estrogens, and they can not serve as a substitute. Therefore, the body becomes deprived of the healthy estrogens that the pituitary would otherwise have been able to request for release. This may account, in part, for the rising infertility and miscarriages we are seeing, and perhaps also for the early menopause so many young women are experiencing. Many times estrogen shortage can be alleviated by natural progesterone cream. Estrogens are synthesized from progesterone, just as the adrenal hormones are. Progesterone, in its own right, prevents estrogen dominance, and not only protects bones from calcium depletion, it will replenish bone-density that shows up as osteoporosis, by recruiting calcitonin.
The effect of xenoestrogens on men also appears to be less than favorable. Follicle stimulating hormone regulates the level of Leydig cells in the testicles. Leydig cells are the resource for nurturing and developing sperm. If the follicle stimulating hormone receives the message that there enough Leydig cells, it will stop requesting them. "Xeno-leydig cells" should be suggested as another possible hazard. Our testing at the Balancing Center indicates that plastic outgassing contributes to fertility loss for men. The value of more progesterone might be helpful, here, as natural progesterone cream.
It is also true that low adrenal hormones, low estrogen, testosterone, and low progesterone can all be caused by very low cholesterol, since all these hormones are derived from "bad" cholesterol. (LDL needs to be acknowledged as a pretty good resource!) If you are experiencing these shortages, it would be useful to check with your health professional, to find out what factors may be contributing to cholesterol insufficiency.
If you use plastic bottles that show a little triangle at the bottom that says 1, 2, or 3, your bottle could be outgassing significantly, in warm weather. If your bottle has the number 4, 5, 6, 7, or more in the little triangle on the bottom, it will not outgas significantly. High-resistance plastic containers can be found in sport shops and health-oriented water stores.Get full story here.

Bottled water is neither cleaner nor greener. Get story here.
Concerned scientists here.
EPA study here.
Pouring resources down drain here.
October 2008 exposé on bottled water here.
ScienceDaily (May 22, 2009) — A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that participants who drank for a week from polycarbonate bottles -- the popular, hard-plastic drinking bottles and baby bottles -- showed a two-thirds increase in their urine of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA). Exposure to BPA, used in the manufacture of polycarbonate and other plastics, has been shown to interfere with reproductive development in animals and has been linked with cardiovascular disease and diabetes in humans. Read whole article here.