With all the widespread fear going around, and with the media’s orientation, “If it bleeds it leads,” I’m cautious about including warnings and such when I’m seeking relevant information about “Sustainable Living.”  However, this research finding offers guidance for helping our health – and particularly the health of children … whose organs are not yet fully developed.

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Pediatricians Warn Against Using Plastic Numbers 3, 6, 7


Lorraine Chow

Aug. 06, 2018



The next time you use a plastic container or bottle, you might want to look at the little number inside the triangle recycling symbol.

In a report issued last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said that plastics with the recycling codes 3 (phthalates), 6 (styrene) and 7 (bisphenols) should be avoided unless they are labeled as “biobased” or “greenware,” which do not contain these chemicals.

The AAP also warned that plastic should not be heated in microwaves or placed in dishwashers, as the heat can cause chemicals to leach into food.

The AAP’s report, published in the August issue of Pediatrics, adds to a growing body of evidence that plastic not only negatively impacts the environment, it can also negatively impact human health. The authors wrote:


“Rapidly accumulating scientific evidence

suggests that certain chemicals added

during the processing of foods and those

that may come into contact with food as

part of packaging or processing may

contribute to disease and disability.


“More than 10,000 chemicals are allowed to

be added to food in the U.S., but the Food

and Drug Administration (FDA) is unable

to ensure all of those chemicals are safe.”


As AlterNet reported, plastic No. 3 — used in plumbing pipes, clear food packaging, shrink wrap and more — contains the phthalate DEHP, which has endocrine-disrupting properties. Plastic No. 6, aka Styrofoam, can leach styrene, a suspected carcinogen, especially in the presence of heat. Finally, plastic No. 7 — or hard plastics — is likely to leach bisphenol A (BPA) and/or biphenol S (BPS), which are known endocrine disruptors.

The AAP said children are at particular risk when they are exposed to these chemicals. The authors state:


“The potential for endocrine system dis-

ruption is of great concern, especially

in early life, when developmental pro-

gramming of organ systems is susceptible

to permanent and lifelong disruption.”


The aim of the report is to highlight the emerging child health concerns related to the use chemicals added to food and food packaging. The AAP is also calling for stronger food safety requirements from the FDA.

The report offered pediatricians the following guidance to give to families:


  • Eat fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables when possible.


  • Avoid microwaving food or beverages (including infant

formula and pumped human milk) in plastic, if possible.


  • Avoid placing plastics in the dishwasher.


  • Use alternatives to plastic, such as glass or stainless

steel, when possible.


  • Look at the recycling code on the bottom of plastic products and avoid plastics with recycling codes 3 (phthalates), 6 (styrene) and 7 (bisphenols) unless plastics are labeled as biobased or greenware, indicating they are made from corn and do not contain bisphenols.


  • Encourage handwashing before handling foods/drinks.


  • Wash all fruits and vegetables that cannot be peeled.


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As my spouse is clairaudient, I periodically – when I believe that a new or more useful perspective may be helpful – ask the entity, whom we call “D”, for comments.  In most instances, the information D shares enriches and adds clarity … and often a different perspective.


” Plastic is a material developed by humans.

It is not native to your planet. It has become

integrated into daily life in Western cultures.


“And yet, scientists are just beginning to learn

the pervasiveness of plastic is permeating the

cells of most humans on the planet. The long-

term effect is unknown.  We believe the world

would be better without most plastics.


“We believe humans would feel better

without plastic in their systems. The

more humans could use  glass, the

better for humans and the planet.”      


I’d never thought in terms of what’s “native” or not, but it does seem to make sense. A discarded glass bottle, for instance, will eventually erode back into sand, and not create the problems we now have in our oceans.

My first reaction to D’s comments was, “Well the ingredients that go into plastic are certainly native.” D. then explained that while the separate ingredients are native, the resulting compound – which cannot be segregated back into its native roots – cannot.

I guess it’s one thing to have a beach littered with plastic bottles – and to see reports of marine wildlife choking on plastic litter – and yet another to have the cells in our bodies permeated with toxins, from plastic.

We equip all Garden Atrium homes with commercial-grade reverse osmosis filters, so residents have no need whatever to buy plastic water bottles.  And for storing food, we use Pyrex glass containers.  But the number of other uses that do involve plastic is mindboggling.  I guess it’s time to pay more attention to when and how we use plastics – specifically when food-related.

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