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A doctor friend in America sent me this, and I thought it was worth sharing with all of you. Some of it was obviously paraphrased from a telly interview, but the message is clear.
Cancer update -- Johns Hopkins --
Cancer News from Johns Hopkins:
1. No plastic containers in microwave
2. No water bottles in freezer
3. No plastic wrap in microwave
Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well.
Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.
Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked 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 especially applies to foods that contain fat. He
said that the combination of fat, high heat, and
plastics release dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex, or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. 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 the
paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. as the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.
Cover food with a paper towel instead.
I do honestly think this one is worth taking notice of. I have known for some time about this....dioxins are also notorious for causing limb deficiencies in unborn kids...the number of plastic bottles I froze to keep cool on Greek beaches thoughout my 20s and 30s haunts me.
Dioxins are fat soluable, so stay in the body, too. I saw a documentary where they tested women to see how much they had absorbed - it wa quite significant.
[scientisthaton - seem to be wearing it a lot lately!]
This email has been exposed as mostly urban legend by Snopes , though it does have a basis in fact.
Real information about this actually issued by Johns Hopkins themselves is here .
There was also an article in the peer-reviewed journal 'Pediatric Nursing' in December - I'm trying to find a copy of the full text at the moment.
Doctors are just as gullible when it comes to forwarded emails as anyone else.