Friday, October 15, 2010
Chemicals survive waste treatment to be released into environment: study
According to a new study funded by the Government of Canada:
"Chemicals in household drugs and cleaning products routinely survive waste treatment and are released into the environment, where little is known about their effects on land, water and human health, according to a government-funded study."In 2007, a consensus statement by 38 experts on bisphenol A concluded that average levels in people are above those that cause harm to many animals in laboratory experiments"
"What do your dental fillings, c.d. collection, water bottles and cupboard full of canned goods all have in common? They all contain a highly controversial organic compound called Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used in the production of polycarbonate plastics (like baby bottles and water bottles) and epoxy resins (the coating on metal food cans and water supply pipes). Depending on where you get your information, BPA is either of negligible concern or poses a serious health risk."
If this is the case why are these chemicals being used at all in our country and why hasn't the Government of this country allocated funds to study the possible harmful effects to life forms which live in Canada? We could all be having some truly awful side-effects due to this situation.
According to the article which I provide a link to above:
"Two dozen of those compounds were still present in more than half the treated samples. Bisphenol A remained in 86 per cent of the treated samples at an average concentration of 325 parts per billion.Bisphenol A, which was declared a toxic substance on Wednesday!
This is so unbelievable, who is supposed to be monitoring these waste products and why haven't the Provincial and Federal Government agencies and Departments which should be monitoring this situation not been doing so?? The health of Canadians is on the line due to this omission of monitoring these chemicals in the environment!
"Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor, which can mimic the body's own hormones and may lead to negative health effects.In 2007, a consensus statement by 38 experts on bisphenol A concluded that average levels in people are above those that cause harm to many animals in laboratory experiments.A panel convened by the U.S. National Institutes of Health determined that there was "some concern" about BPA's effects on fetal and infant brain development and behavior."
Now that these facts have come to light I hope the Governments in Canada act quickly to deal with these findings so that the health effects of these chemicals are better understood and so that the ways of breaking down these chemicals so they are no longer harmful to life can occur before they are released into our environment!
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Thoughts worth thinking about
Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia
A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw
Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165
The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.