Plastic Water Bottles Can Release Cancer-Causing Toxins

Published On May 18, 2009 | By Tomás Bosque | Articles

Fact or Fiction:

Drinking out of a plastic water bottle left in a hot car can lead to cancer?

That’s the buzz on the Internet.  It’s convient, fresh and clean.

Or is it?

“The problem with water bottles is, it’s made of plastic,” said Dr. Ravi Patel with Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center. ”And there’s different kinds of plastic. Plastics actually release different chemicals in different situations.”

Dr. Patel, founder of the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center, says heat can release cancer-causing toxins, which leak from plastic into water and even food.

There are two chemicals he says pose the biggest threat.

“Dioxin and another one,  BPA, Bisphenol A, These two products are connected to plastics and that has been associated with a whole host of health issues including birth defects, cancer. A variety of things,” said Dr. Patel.

17News contacted Dr. Patel after receiving an email that suggested leaving bottled water in your car is very dangerous. The email said plastic water bottles have been been identified as the most common cause of high levels of dioxin in breast cancer tissue.

The email claims to be from Johns Hopkins University, but when the school’s website was checked, there was no mention of this.

Many believe it’s a hoax. But, Dr. Patel still says it’s a real possibility.

“You don’t want to wait for all the evidence to show you it causes cancer. There’s enough evidence right now that it can be carcinogens. So if it’s easy and simple to avoid the product in your life, you should try to avoid it.”

But The American Cancer Society says more research needs to be done.

“There really isn’t evidence and there really isn’t going to be evidence soon about how these things increase individual cancer risk. The individual risk of developing cancer is going to be very very small,” said Dr. Tune with The American Cancer Society.

Though doctor Tune downplays the connection, he says high levels of BPA have been linked to an increased risk of reproductive issues, not cancer.

As we wait for more research, Dr. Patel says now is the time to start changing habits.

“I think the psychological makeup that the water bottle is the cleanest safest thing isn’t necessarily true. So, if you go ahead and look at the mug, you look at the steel mug, and then you look at the water bottle. It’s equally easy to carry. It’s an easy change to make. It could be a change that affects your family, your children, your health on a long term basis,” said Dr. Patel.

So if plastic is still your pleasure, look at the triangle on the bottom of any plastic container or water bottle.

Researchers say it’s important to stay away from anything with the number 7 or PVC.

Those products contain higher levels of chemicals.

[via KGET TV 17]

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4 Responses to Plastic Water Bottles Can Release Cancer-Causing Toxins

  1. Bryan says:

    The claim that there is dioxin in the plastic bottles simply is not true & I think it is wrong for anyone to contribute to spreading this awful rumor that they cause cancer as a result of dioxin being released from the bottles due to exposure to heat.

    • mahi says:

      sir can u prove that this is not dangerous to health ? all public needs a true explanation because this is health related subject :)

  2. mandy says:

    I don’t understand my husband is a truck driver and we hauled water in a non refrigerated trailer. Wouldn’t it be contaminated before even reaching are local stores? There are several cases delivered every day to wharehouses on a non refrigerated trailer.

    • nuggt says:

      I know right? So basically every single bottle of water in the world is cancer ridden? Because I rsure as hell know they sit there in warehouses that haven’t any ac running on them. They sit on pallets in the sun as they’re loaded outside. They sit in none ac stores in 24 and 32 packs. This stuff is literally heated every hour of every day of it’s life.

      Hell if that’s the case, we best stop microwaving stuff cause we’re all gonna die horribly from toxins leaking out of microwave safe plastic containers lol.

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