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Plastics may be making you sick

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(02/05/13) - The bottles and cups you drink out of could be slowly poisoning you and your family.

Two million plastic bottles are used in the world every five minutes. One million plastic cups are handed out on U.S. airline flights every six hours. 

Plastic is the number one consumer product -  it could also be killing us.

"When I stepped out of bed, I hit the floor and I, couldn't move. I was completely paralyzed. It was awful and I was in a lot of pain," says Tonya Montgomery.

She lay helpless and alone on the floor for two days, until her child's nanny found her. Over the next two months, Tonya's doctors suspected lupus, lymphoma, leukemia, and scleroderma.

None of those were right. After searching online, she found the answer and a doctor who confirmed it- Tonya was suffering from plastic poisoning!  

"People are exposed to BPA constantly," says Dr. Tracey Woodruff of UC San Fransisco.

BPA, or Bisphenol, is a chemical used in plastics. It prevents rusting and is found in the lining of canned foods, plastic bottles, plastic bags, Styrofoam, and coffee cups. It is in the fish we eat, the soup we sip, and even our baby's bottles.  

"They can actually leach out into the product that is containing the can metal," says Dr. Roy Gerona of US San Francisco.

He says high levels of are linked to all a host of health problems. "It can alter the hormones in your body."

Experts suggest avoiding anything made with plastic number three, six, or seven.  

Tonya got rid of anything and everything plastic. "Nothing's toxic to the body."

She cleaned out her home, and watches everything she eats. "We don't use the microwave. We don't do anything with preservatives. It took me about 90 days to get completely better."

Last year, french lawmakers banned BPA in all food packaging. Canada banned it in baby food products.  The entire Japanese canning industry has gotten rid of BPA resin can liners.

Here in the United States, the FDA recently banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. However, it stopped short of banning the chemical in metal can liners and other plastics.

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