Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News

Dr. Gerald Deas

What did we do before we had plastic? How did we survive? We have plastic cups, dishes, bottles and wrappings for food. If it wasn’t for plastic shower curtains, we would not be able to sing in the shower without water splashing all over. We are a converted plastic generation that’s addicted to plastic gods. We even have trees and flowers made from plastic. The difference between a plastic tree and those produced by our Creator is that plastic trees don’t grow; they only collect dust. Plastic is not biodegradable and is not friendly to our planet. Eating plastic will not extend your lifespan.

What is plastic? It is a man-made product created from man-made chemicals. It was not made to eat, drink or be absorbed by the body. It was really created to make life more convenient. Plastic is made up of chemicals, the names of which are too long to remember; however, these chemicals have recently been found to be toxic to the body. Researchers have put us on notice that plastics may be related to colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer. Plastics are used to coat the insides of cans containing foods and drinks. These chemicals can break down over a period of time, producing other unknown chemicals. Plastic bottles, which have taken the place of glass containers, have been found to contain toxic materials. How many plastic containers do you use everyday without knowing the consequences?

One of the main ingredients in plastics is BPA (bisphenol A). It is so toxic that Canada has issued a ban on BPA in baby bottles. Even cans that contain infant formulas are lined with these chemicals. Breast milk and milk from glass bottles is healthier for babies. Manufacturers have been warned to label the contents of plastic containers.

I would suggest the following to eliminate the toxic effects of plastic use:

  • Use only glass containers for the storage of food and drinks.
  • Don’t use plastic wrappings to preserve foods.
  • Don’t put plastic utensils in dishwashers or microwave ovens.
  • Wrap foods for future use in wax paper under foil.
  • Eat fresh or frozen foods in place of canned as often as possible.

To keep your health in top-notch condition, I suggest that you get more information from a publication called Environmental Nutrition by writing to P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0235 or calling 1-800-829-5384.