Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Sheryl Crow Didn't "Get" Breast Cancer from Plastic Bottles!

I have received several copies now of an email that continues to re-circulate - it talks about how Sheryl Crow developed breast cancer because of drinking water from plastic water bottles that she had left out in her hot car.

OK. This was almost too silly for me to respond to... but it has just enough validity that thousands of women would believe it in it's current out-of-context form.

Have plastics been linked to cancer, especially hormonal cancers like breast and prostate? You bet! What frightened me about this email circulating around the world wide web was that many people would read it and either stop drinking bottled water, or stop drinking bottled water that they had left in their cars... and they'd erroneously think they were "good to go". The isssue of toxic xenoestrogens and plastics goes FAR beyond water bottles. Consider: food storage, cooking in the microwave using plastic containers or plastic wrap, packaging of processed foods, the off-gassing of every plastic item in our homes... the list goes on and on. Of course we also know that water is not the culprit in those bottles... fruit juice, pop, sports drinks, kids' drinks... if it's in plastic, it's toxic.

We live in a very toxic society, where dangerous chemicals surround us every second of the day. To isolate one toxic component, like heated plastic water bottles, is a rookie move. I understand that it was probably meant to help many people. But, again, taken out of context, this is ridiculous and lacks much value.

As an interesting side note: Yesterday was 94 degrees where I live. As I was stopped at a light, I noticed at both gas stations on the corner that they were storing cases upon cases of plastic water bottles outside on the sidewalk... in the blazing sun!!! Lovely.

Our health and our ability to prevent and heal from disease are all dependent on the the millions of overlapping factors that comprise how we move (exercise, stretching, proprioception, rest, breathing, etc.), how we eat (healthy foods, nutritional complements, cleansing and detoxification, etc.) and how we think (mental, emotional, spiritual, social and relationship health). Our levels of sufficiency and purity in these 3 lifestyle categories must always exceed our levels of deficiency and toxicity in order for us to experience true health.

So, taking all of that into consideration, I consider the following when it comes to a famous rock star, like my girl Sheryl: What are the chances that she has had peaceful, rhythmic sleep patterns to properly function all the years that she was on the road, touring? I know I wouldn't get my best sleep, in different hotels, different time zones. Did Sheryl bring a shower filter wherever she went? Lots of experts say that chlorine is directly linked to hormonal cancers as well. Chlorine from pools, tap water, and especially from hot showers... gets absorbed right into our tissues and cells. Also, I remember reading an interview with Sheryl in a fitness magazine, back when she was dating Lance. She was discussing how she'd shed some pounds and burned off a lot of fat since dating Lance. She made reference to doing more cardiovascular exercise than before and eating WAY more vegetables than she ever had! So, what was she doing for the 40+ years before that? Who knows! And that's exactly my point!!!

None of us could possibly know what ONE thing causes cancer in someone... because it's NEVER one thing. It's a myriad of intricately woven life experiences and lifestyle choices that will determine if your "breast cancer gene" will ever be expressed. Our focus should be to add more and more holistic, balanced health - move well, eat well and think well! Create sufficiency and purity in these areas at all costs. Then you can start to reduce or eliminate your deficiencies and toxicities.

Oh, and drink your bottled water joyfully! (Preferably from a glass container!)