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   Posted 6/30/2007 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   

This was sent to me by email.  Sorry, I don't have actual link.

Remainder of Post deleted:  After further research this information has been refuted by John Hopkins University

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   Posted 7/1/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
You've got to learn to not believe all the nonsense you see on the 'Net. An excerpt from follows:

An earlier variant of this hoax referred only to the freezing of plastic water bottles. This later version has added on spurious information about using plastics in microwave ovens as well. Both versions contain false and misleading information.

Rolf Halden of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has expertly debunked the rumour linking plastic bottles to cancer. According to Halden the claim is an urban legend. He explains that:

Freezing actually works against the release of chemicals. Chemicals do not diffuse as readily in cold temperatures, which would limit chemical release if there were dioxins in plastic, and we don't think there are.

Experts also contradict the claim that using plastics in microwaves can cause dioxins to leech into the food. According to Edward Machuga, Ph.D, of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), "The FDA has seen no evidence that plastic containers or films contain dioxins and knows of no reason why they would". The general consensus is that using plastic containers or plastic wrap in microwaves is not dangerous, so long as microwave safe plastics are used and manufacturers guidelines are followed. The FDA article does admit that substances in plastics can leach into food. However, the FDA does not consider this to be a significant risk to humans.


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   Posted 7/1/2007 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Since there is no way of ensuring a wrap or container is wicrowave safe, avoid using plastics when heating foods. If a product isn't made in the U.S. for example, there is no way to know what its content really is. Our global market makes regulating a near impossible task. Besides, Vick has a fit when she sees any of us heating things up that aren't on / in glass or on natural paper towels (unbleached). To solve both unwanted problems (dioxin and a worried wife) ...I would rather eat glass :>

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   Posted 7/1/2007 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I keep trying to post stories and links to refute this email hoax but seem unable to do so. Regardless, this is a hoax and untrue as a google search will show.

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   Posted 7/2/2007 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Very interesting in a prankish sort of way.
Edward Fujimoto???

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   Posted 7/2/2007 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually, it isn't any secret that chemicals are released when plastics are heated....

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   Posted 7/2/2007 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Direct link....


HEADLINE: Email Hoax Regarding Cancer

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
Office of Public Affairs
March 2007


An email falsely attributed to Johns Hopkins describing properties of cancer cells and suggesting prevention strategies has begun circulating the Internet.  Johns Hopkins did not publish the email, entitled "Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins," nor do we endorse its contents.  For more information about cancer, please read the information on our web site or visit the National Cancer Institute's web site at

Another hoax email that has been circulating since 2004 regarding plastic containers, bottles, wrap claiming that heat releases dioxins which cause cancer also was not published by Johns Hopkins.  More information.


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