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Old 25th Jan 2011, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sheryl Crow, PET Bottles & Dioxin

Received this e-mail today. It's about Sheryl Crow claiming that drinking bottled water left in a hot car caused her breast cancer. Check it out :

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Bottled water in your car is very dangerous!

On the Ellen show, Sheryl Crow said that this is what caused her breast cancer. It has been identified as the most common cause of the high levels of dioxin in breast cancer tissue.

Sheryl Crow's oncologist told her: women should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle which releases dioxin into the water. Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in
breast cancer tissue. So please be careful and do not drink bottled water that has been left in a car.

Pass this on to all the women in your life. This information is the kind we need to know that just might save us! Use a stainless steel canteen or a glass bottle instead of plastic!

LET EVERYONE WHO HAS A WIFE / GIRLFRIEND / MUM /DAUGHTER KNOW PLEASE!
There's a second part to this e-mail, which appears to be cut from a separate "article" :

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This information is also being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

No plastic containers in microwave. No water bottles in freezer. No plastic wrap in microwave.

A dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies.
Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Edward Fujimoto , Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard.

He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave
using plastic containers... This especially applies to foods that contain fat.

He said that the combination of fat, high heat and plastic releases dioxin into the body.

Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the
same results, only without the dioxin. So, such things as T V dinners , instant soups, etc., should be removed from
the container and heated in something else.

Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.

He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper.
The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.....

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran wrap (Gladwrap), is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.
If you haven't guessed it by now, this is yet another hoax mail that has been circulating in one form or another for years. It's ridiculous how folks continue to believe such nonsense and keep this hoax alive by forwarding it!

Anyway, let's dissect the claims one by one...

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Claim : Bottled water in your car is very dangerous! On the Ellen show, Sheryl Crow said that this is what caused her breast cancer. It has been identified as the most common cause of the high levels of dioxin in breast cancer tissue.

Truth : Sheryl Crow did talk to Ellen Degeneres about her breast cancer and may even have warned viewers not to drink bottled water that have been left in the car. However, that does not make her advice superior to that of medical experts.

More importantly, bottled water is NOT a cause of dioxin in breast cancer.
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Claim : Sheryl Crow's oncologist told her: women should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle which
releases dioxin into the water. Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue.

Truth : There is no verified account of what her oncologist told her, but it's almost certainly false because PET plastic bottles do NOT contain dioxin. So how can her oncologist tell her that heat from the sun causes dioxin to leach out from the plastic bottle?
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Plea : LET EVERYONE WHO HAS A WIFE / GIRLFRIEND / MUM /DAUGHTER KNOW PLEASE!

Reply : Okay, so we males cannot get breast cancer? That's nonsense. Males can get breast cancer. Even if by some miracle males are immune from breast cancer, that doesn't mean we don't have to worry about dioxin poisoning...

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Claim : Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Truth : Freezing will NOT release dioxins from plastic bottles because a) there are no dioxins in PET plastic bottles, and b) freezing inhibits the release of any chemicals.
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Claim : Edward Fujimoto , Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard.

He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave
using plastic containers... This especially applies to foods that contain fat.

Truth : Dr. Fujimoto does exist and he did talk about all that. However, that is only his belief and has yet to be backed up by any meaningful study.

The Food and Safety Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has published guidelines for safe cooking in microwave ovens and warns against using materials that are not regarded as microwave safe. One of the guidelines is to avoid letting plastic wraps touch food. That is another issue, however, and not related to dioxins or high heat in microwaves.

The FDA, on the other hand, was not so much concerned about dioxins leaching from plastics but rather, from the bleached manufacture of paper goods including milk cartons and some paper containers for microwave dinners. In other words, paper containers in some microwave dinners aren't safe if you are worried about dioxins...
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Claim : He pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran wrap (Gladwrap), is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

Truth : A statement by the SC Johnson company says the "plasticizer" in Saran Wrap is derivative of naturally occurring citric acid found in citrus fruits and is 100% dioxin free. The statement further adds that dioxins can only be formed with chlorine is combined with the kinds of high temperatures associated with waste incinerators, temperatures like 1,500 degrees F. Even the most powerful microwaves are not capable of those temperatures, according to the company. SC Johnson says none of its products contains dioxins.
Well, I hope that clears up this nonsense! If you get this mail, do what's right - delete it!

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I'm amazed someone hasn't forwarded this to me yet but this is the first I've seen of this type of exciting news. Yes, everything is bad, don't eat or touch anything and you'll be fine.
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I always check the snopes, most of these odd emails have a story.

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Bisphenol A is a real concern but that's usually a problem for hard plastic bottles, not the "soft" PET bottles used for drinking water.

If you buy baby bottles or one of those hard plastic water bottles, make sure it says BPA-free. If you are not sure, check the triangle recycling code. If the triangle has a number 3 or 7 in there, that bottle may contain Bisphenol A.
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