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Old 08-01-2002, 10:26 PM   #1
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I received this today from a friend. It is worth the read. Tattoo

Whoa! This is a real eye opener-must read!
TOXINS--- be sure to read this!

Don't heat those leftovers up in Tupperware, read on.

As a seventh grade student, Claire Nelson learned that
di(ethylhexyl)adepate (DEHA), considered a carcinogen, is found in
plastic
wrap. She also learned that the FDA had never studied the effect of
microwave cooking on plastic-wrapped food. Claire began to wonder: "Can
cancer-causing particles seep into food covered with household plastic
wrap
while it is being micro waved?"

Three years later, with encouragement from her high school science
teacher, Claire set out to test what the FDA had not. Although she had
an
idea for studying the effect of microwave radiation on plastic-wrapped
food,
she did not have the equipment. Eventually, Jon Wilkes at the National
Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Arkansas, agreed to
help
her. ! The research center, which is affiliated with the FDA, let her use
facilities to perform her experiments, which involved microwaving
plastic
wrap in virgin olive oil. Claire tested four different plastic wraps
and
"found not just the carcinogens but also xenoestrogen was migrating
intothe
oil].. Xenoestrogens are linked to low sperm counts in men and to
breast
cancer in women.

Throughout her junior and senior years, Claire made a couple of trips
each
week to the research center, which was 25 miles from her home, to work
on
her experiment. An article in Options reported that "her analysis found
that
DEHA was migrating into the oil at between 200 parts and 500 parts per
million.

The FDA standard is 0.05 parts per billion." Her summarized results
have
been published in science journals. Claire Nelson received the American
Chemical Society's top science prize for students during her juni! or
year and
fourth place at the International Science and Engineering Fair (Fort
Worth,Texas) as a senior. "Carcinogens -- At 10,000,000 Times FDA
Limits"

Options May 2000. Published by People Against Cancer,
515-972-4444. On Channel 2 (Huntsville, AL) they had a Dr. Edward
Fujimoto
from Castle Hospital on the program. He is the manager of the Wellness
Program at the hospital. He was talking about dioxins and how bad they
are
for us.

He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using
plastic containers. This applies to foods that contain fat. He said
that the
combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases dioxins into the
food
and ultimately into the cells of the body. Dioxins are carcinogens and
highly toxic to the cells of our bodies. Instead, he recommends using
glass,
Corning Ware, or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same
results with! out the dioxins. So such things as TV dinners, instant
ramin 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 the paper. Just
safer to
use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. 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.

Pass this on to your family and friends....

To add to this: Saran wrap placed over foods as they are nuked, with
high
heat, actually drips poisonous toxins into the food. Use paper towel
instead.


 
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Old 08-02-2002, 12:42 PM   #2
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Tattoo:

Thanks for posting this article.

Suggest you also post this on the Children's Health Topics board. Many parents and their kids microwave almost everything. For newborns whose milk or formula is [re-]heated in microwave ovens, this could be a disaster.

Thanks,
Jay



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