I love to read. I am the sort of person who has books all over the house, membership to two different libraries and a list of op shops with good book sections etched into my brain.
Today however I have realised that there is one big drawback to learning to read; you learn about things you would rather bury your head in the sand about.
I have been aware of the plastic problem for a long time but other than trying to reduce the amount of plastic which I now bring into the house, I've not really looked at the much deeper issue; the effects of plastic on our bodies.
Endocrine Disrupters (wikipedia artical)
Now this snippet scares me as I have Graves Disease and the thyroid gland is a part of the Endocrine System
Main article: Endocrine system
Endocrine systems are found in most varieties of animal life. The endocrine system is made up of glands which secrete hormones, and receptors which detect and react to the hormones.
Hormones travel throughout the body and act as chemical messengers. Hormones interface with cells that contain matching receptors in or on their surfaces. The hormone binds with the receptor, much like a key would fit into a lock.
Sex steroids such as estrogens and androgens, as well as thyroid hormones, are subject to feedback regulation, which tends to limit the effects of environmental chemicals.
I sort of wish that I hadn't started reading all of this. Life with burping plastic containers is very convenient. Hell, I even went and bought a water filter jug to filter chemicals out of my water and yep, the sodding jug is made of plastic as well!
My toothbrush is plastic, the toilet seat, bathroom containers and milk 'bottles' ALL PLASTIC.
The Husband (no, not plastic) is looking worried about my latest crusade. I have so far this weekend dug out three glass bottles from my bottle stash and am using them for milk, juice and water (letting water run through the jug and decanting into glass straight away). He is worried in case I suddenly turf out all of our accoutrements and replace them with their non plastic version!
So, I have furniture which probably emits a steady low dose of formaldehyde, plastics which might be feminising The Husband (this might not be a bad thing, he might suddenly get the 'multitasking' skill :) ) Foods which may or may not be contaminated by God knows what chemical. I think Humankind are doing a fine and dandy job of screwing up their ecosystem, don't you?
So, now you know why I sometimes want to go back to my blissful ignorance. Living a simple life suddenly got a whole heap more complicated and busy.