Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Chemical Cocktails

I recently attended a business meeting where lunch was provided to all the attendees. Can’t go wrong with a free lunch, right? Well, what do you do when you see everyone reach for bottled water and the executive admin asks you why aren’t you having anything to drink?

Stop. Think. Choose your words wisely…I said to myself.

Deep down, I was thinking because I love my endocrine and reproductive system and don’t intend to pollute my body with water that is conveniently packaged yet is really either tap water or just a chemical cocktail.

For the record, I’m not a treehugger. I’m a researcher that has reviewed the case studies of Atrazine, PCBs, BPA’s and other nasties in our natural surroundings. Have you been so quick to forget the Melamine cases in milk.? I’ve been educating myself from various sources to learn, to hear different points of view and ultimately make a choice.

So, I thought about putting on my research hat and noting that the National Resource Defense Council has documented rocket fuel in our drinking water. About 20 million U.S. households have been impacted since the 1950’s and it hasn’t been completely addressed. The issue is the perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel, that has appeared in veggies like lettuce and spinach as well as the water supply.

It alters the thyroid gland – basically another hormone disruptor like BPA (Source ABC News 2007). The chemical entered the water supply when the rocket equipment was hosed down and not properly disposed which flowed into the ground water, surface water, sewers, and irrigation systems. The problems are especially prominent in the Southwestern states. There is one plant in particular in Nevada that has contaminated the Colorado River thus impacting Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Certainly there are powers of interest, who are NOT interested in correcting these mistakes or taking action (nor do they want to be held accountable). Their goal is to make profits. Simply put and they use their power to fight against it and not fix the problem.

Again, back to my lunch meeting…I didn’t drink the water (Thanks DMB). Instead, I revealed my colorful Sigg water canteen. “ I brought my own.” I said. Yes, it is free of BPAs and it makes me happy.

So the next time you are drinking water and have an upset stomach…you don’t have to blame the dog. Just say you have rocket fuel in your farts. Makes for an interesting conversation about toxins in our system.
Source: Flow Documentary.
Image Source: Muffet's Photography

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