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After seeing this i threw mine and my daughter's bottle in garbage...

she made such a hissy fit.... anyway here is article

Cancer Scare Causes Nalgene to Pull Plastic Bottles

by Allie Comeau on April 23, 2008 10 comments

Nalgene recently announced they are pulling their hard-plastic bottles from shelves nationwide in the next few months. The polycarbonate plastic bottles, made with bisphenol A (BPA), have been found to cause cancer and increase risks of other serious health problems.

Yet another very good reason to stop using that plastic water bottle.

Like many outdoor enthusiasts, I had been a faithful user of Nalgene plastic bottles up until I first heard the news about these health risks. Traditional Nalgene (and other polycarbonate water bottles) leach BPA into the drinking water they contain and get worse with age as they begin to crack.

While Nalgene continues to insist there is little evidence that the low levels of chemicals leached from the containers cause cancer, critics point to studies that show increased incidence of cancer and obesity (among other things) in animals when exposed to BPA.

Steve Casimiro from National Geographic Adventure Blog alerted me to an informative post he wrote concerning the health effects of BPA. Here

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I don't want to sound like a know-it-all, since I'm an idiot. But, I have been saying for years to my wife who still drinks bottled water--Years--that drinking liquids like water or soda out of plastic bottles is dangerous. My argument has always been that no one will ever convince me that chemicals from the plastic don't leach into the fluid, especially if they have been sitting on store shelves for a long time. Plastic is a petrochemical, so--by definition--it's carcinogenic. Even if this leaching is minute, do you want to take a chance on the cumulative effects? Okay, I'm off the soap box.

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I don't want to sound like a know-it-all, since I'm an idiot. But, I have been saying for years to my wife who still drinks bottled water--Years--that drinking liquids like water or soda out of plastic bottles is dangerous. My argument has always been that no one will ever convince me that chemicals from the plastic don't leach into the fluid, especially if they have been sitting on store shelves for a long time. Plastic is a petrochemical, so--by definition--it's carcinogenic. Even if this leaching is minute, do you want to take a chance on the cumulative effects? Okay, I'm off the soap box.

tks... you know i think i'm going to send one to sooth as a secret santa gift

jk

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I don't blame you for pitching the bottle afo. I think the chance of it exuding anything in harmful levels are pretty low, but being a Plastics Technology undergrad, I can tell you the A in bisphenol A is for Acetone - you know - fingernail polish remover. For most of us that would be nuff said. Polycarbonate is a great material for football helmets and CD/DVD's - but we probably don't need to drink anything out of it.

I dont think any of us should have a lot of fear for most bottled waters or soft drinks as those have been bottled in PET (polyethylene terepthalate) for years.

I was working in the R&D dept. for the chemical company (Amoco) that bought/licensed the PET bottle technology from DuPont and we developed the first 2 liter bottle applications. I can tell you the testing for any detectable level of a carcinogin was exhaustive and we found nothing.

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I don't blame you for pitching the bottle afo. I think the chance of it exuding anything in harmful levels are pretty low, but being a Plastics Technology undergrad, I can tell you the A in bisphenol A is for Acetone - you know - fingernail polish remover. For most of us that would be nuff said. Polycarbonate is a great material for football helmets and CD/DVD's - but we probably don't need to drink anything out of it.

I dont think any of us should have a lot of fear for most bottled waters or soft drinks as those have been bottled in PET (polyethylene terepthalate) for years.

I was working in the R&D dept. for the chemical company (Amoco) that bought/licensed the PET bottle technology from DuPont and we developed the first 2 liter bottle applications. I can tell you the testing for any detectable level of a carcinogin was exhaustive and we found nothing.

tks for response

i saw this on today show awhile back and promptly pitched all our Nalgene

bottles in dumpster, daughter just found out and went into a hissy fit

i asked her if she wanted brain or breast cancer

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My sister talked about this for months and months prior to the birth of her twins. They had to have the "right baby bottles" free of all the harmful, cancer-causing chemicals. At first I thought she was paranoid, yet it's a huge deal apparently.

This is not new stuff, just different companies are finally addressing it and bringing it to the attention of their customers/public. Hell, I work for a health care company and we recalled all the sports bottles we give to employees because the screw-on tops were found harmful.

Nice.

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Still Gonna Die

By Shel Silverstein

So you're takin' better care of your body

Becoming more aware of your body.

Responding to your body's needs.

Everything you hear and read about diets,

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