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I have had countless women ask me about the validity of the connection between breast cancer and drinking water from plastic bottles. The questions and concern rose astronomically around the time that the media announced that Sheryl Crow developed breast cancer as a result of drinking water from plastic bottles she had a habit of leaving out in her hot car.

This was almost too silly for me to respond to… but it has just enough validity that thousands of women would believe it in it’s out-of-context form.

Have plastics been linked to cancer, especially hormonal cancers like breast and prostate? You bet! What frightened me about this email circulating around the world wide web was that many people would read it and either stop drinking bottled water, or stop drinking bottled water that they had left in their cars… and they’d erroneously think they were “good to go”.

The issue of toxic xenoestrogens and plastics goes FAR beyond water bottles. Consider: food storage, cooking in the microwave using plastic containers or plastic wrap, packaging of processed foods, the off-gassing of every plastic item in our homes… the list goes on and on. Of course we also know that water itself is not the culprit in those plastic bottles… fruit juice, pop, sports drinks, kids’ drinks… if it’s in plastic, it’s toxic. (Add to that the toxicity of the ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners in those other drinks and, YIKES! Now you’ve got some real causes for the body to move away from health and toward dis-ease!)

We live in a very toxic culture and an incredibly toxic time on our planet, where dangerous chemicals surround us every second of the day. To isolate one toxic component, like heated plastic water bottles, is a rookie move. I understand that it was probably meant to help many people. But, again, taken out of context, this is ridiculous and lacks much value.

As an interesting side note: Yesterday was 94 degrees where I live. As I was stopped at a light, I noticed that both gas stations on the corner were storing cases upon cases of plastic water bottles outside on the sidewalk… in the blazing sun! Lovely.

Our health and our ability to prevent and heal from disease are all dependent on the millions of overlapping factors that comprise how we move (exercise, stretching, proprioception, rest, breathing, etc.), how we eat (healthy foods, nutritional complements, cleansing and detoxification, etc.) and how we think (mental, emotional, spiritual, social and relationship health).

Our levels of purity and sufficiency in these 3 lifestyle categories must always exceed our levels of toxicity and deficiency in order for us to experience true health. When we make excessive lifestyle choices that are toxic or deficient, it’s near-impossible to meet our body’s innate genetic requirements for health. In fact, we move away from health. That’s how the doors are opened for the expression of dis-ease.

It’s not plastic water bottles, per say. It’s not enough health.

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Source by Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat

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