By Christopher Matthews
One of my all-time favorite movie quotes, the famous “one word” of advice for young Benjamin Braddock in “The Graduate”, has only become more prescient over time — plastic rules our modern daily life, on a scale that would have boggled minds back in 1967, when the movie premiered.
Adding to the irony, the ubiquity of plastics comes with a high price tag in terms of health: significant toxic loads, especially in the form of obesogens, chemicals that act like hormones and can promote weight gain.
As it happens, my wife Kathryn, the co-founder of UpstateDowntown, who is now also a certified health coach (check out her new website: The Nourished Epicurean), has just penned an important piece on the perils of plastics.
Appearing in the current issue of the Dutchess County, New York-based About Town, Kathryn’s article reports that 20 different categories of plastics now exist, with a global volume of over 300 million metric tons annually, roughly half of which is disposable of within one year. And imbedded in this constant deluge are the well-documented endocrine-disrupters and obesogens Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates. In the article, Kathryn offers insight into why these substances are so insidious and widespread, and then makes the case for a plastics purge in the home, particularly in the kitchen.
Here’s the article. This is one detox you can literally do at home!