As the facts on the health risks and environmental hazards of bottled water trickle through the population, more and more people will start carrying a personalized sports bottle with them everywhere they go-much like a cell phone. Bottled water is simply far too dangerous. Not to mention that bottled water is one of the most overpriced products on this webpage today.
Bottled water poses numerous and significant health risks to the end user. Many water bottles are made with PET plastic (polyethylene terephthalate) which often leach DEHP (Bis 2-ethylhexyl phthalate) into liquids such as water. DEHP is absorbed into fats and proteins much quicker than it is into water, which is why the FDA allows PET plastics to be used for bottled water. However after repeated use, a PET plastic breaks down and may expose the user to potentially fatal health risks.
Starting in 2002, the FDA began issuing warnings about the dangers of DEHP especially on young children. Even going so far as to recommend that all PET plastics be removed from hospitals. Exposure to DEHP can be fatal to a fetus, provoke a miscarriage, and cause a variety of birth defects such as genital deformities and impotency. It is particularly dangerous to male fetuses as DEHP is a pseudo-estrogen and an endocrine disruptor or hormone modifier. These health defects were the subject of a recent CBC special report titled “the Disappearing Male” which explores the increase in instances of ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, dyslexia, low sperm counts, and the possibility of humans becoming more ‘intersexual’ in the future. This is already evidenced within the fish populations of rivers around the world where there are high levels of pseudo estrogen pollution from plastics. The US Geological Survey concluded that more than 80 percent of the bass in the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers were ‘intersexual’ with the males developing their own eggs.