1. Does your restaurant order come with a side of... PLASTIC?

    Remember when gathering around the dinner table was the anchor of every family's day?

    I think we can safely say that ship has long since sailed. In fact, the number of Americans who regularly whip up supper at their own stoves declines year after year.

    And with everything from drive-thrus to apps that let you have food delivered to your door with just a swipe or two, who could blame you for spending a little more time enjoying your meal than preparing it?

    So much for “Sunday Supper.”

    Now, restaurant meals can be convenient and easy for everyone to agree on. But according to a new study, whether you hit a fast-food joint or linger at a fine restaurant, eating a lot of meals out can mean that you’re also eating something that you’ll never see listed on the menu.

    It turns out that restaurant meals can be loaded with high levels of toxic chemicals from plastic, called "phthalates"!

    In the study, University of California researchers found that those who’d consumed the MOST meals out over the prior 24 hours had 35-percent HIGHER levels of phthalates in their urine than those who consumed the LEAST. (And note that some amount of phthalates showed up in pretty much everybody’s urine samples.)

    Now, we've known for a while that fast food is loaded with phthalates -- because those chemicals can leach right out of plastic wrappers and takeout boxes and right into your “value meal.”

    And sure enough, the study shows that certain food items (like cheeseburgers and other sandwiches) only boosted phthalate levels if they were purchased from a fast-food outlet.

    But the surprising finding from this study is that ANY restaurant meal -- even meals from "wholesome" dining establishments like cafeterias and sit-down eateries -- boosted the participants’ phthalate levels.

    The theory is that foods prepared in restaurant kitchens are exposed to multiple sources of phthalates that are rare in home kitchens -- including food-processing equipment and latex sanitary gloves.
    The authors of the study say that the problem with their findings is that two-thirds of Americans eat at least some outside food.

    But if you ask me, the really big problem -- besides the “ick factor” of eating chemicals from plastic (which just isn’t appetizing) – is that phthalates are known to disrupt your hormones by mimicking estrogen.

    And that can create big problems for both ladies AND gents.

    Now, the best way to keep these plastic poisons out of your system is to roll up your sleeves and channel your inner Julia Child!

    If you're pressed for time, try chopping veggies and marinating meats on a Sunday so it's easy to throw together meals throughout the week.
    Use only glass containers instead of plastic to store food... and never "nuke" anything plastic in the microwave, which releases more of the chemicals.

  2. Common household chemicals causing infertility

    Could TOOTHPASTE be the cure for baby fever?

    I've fought infectious diseases all around the world, but I've never seen anything spread faster than baby fever.

    Because it seems to travel from a woman's ovaries to her brain in an instant. How many gals are figuring out their ovulation cycles to the split second, let alone the day? I've even heard of young ladies standing on their heads after sex to get knocked up!

    Desperate women will try just about anything to get a bun cooking in their oven. And if you fellas are having trouble doing your part, it's not time to switch up your love-making routine or try some New Age chant.

    But it may be time to change your toothpaste.

    Because a new European study has found that your home is LITTERED with chemicals that turn your sperm from a fast-swimming Mark Spitz to a lazy fat kid floating along in an inner tube.

    Scientists from Germany and Denmark just studied how 96 "endocrine disrupter" chemicals in toothpaste, makeup and sunscreen affect a man's fertility. And these chemicals I've been telling you about for years -- like phthalates, mercury, and PFCs -- are killing sperm faster than anything you'll find in the "family planning" department at CVS.

    In fact, about a third of the chemicals tested damaged your sperm's ability to swim. Forget fertilizing an egg -- your sperm are moving like a jammed-up freeway during rush hour.

  3. How perfumes can up your disease risk

    A class of chemicals used in perfumes and cosmetics can dramatically increase the risk of diabetes in women.
  4. The sweet smell of distress

    I've always thought of aromatherapy as a load of high-priced hooey -- and it's not even harmless hooey at that. The scents that are supposed to help you "relax" actually contain volatile organic compounds that can damage the liver and kidneys, cause headaches, irritate your eyes, and even lead to breathing problems.
  5. Common chemical turns children into monsters

    If you think kids are just plain rotten now, just wait a few years. The next generation is going to be the worst group yet. It's not because of poor parenting (although that will certainly play its part). It's because of toxic chemicals.
  6. Sperm counts still shrinking

    A new study out of Europe finds that sperm are practically an endangered species: Forty percent of men in the once-fertile 18-25 age group now have sperm counts so low that having a baby won't come easy.
  7. Common chemicals linked to early puberty

    Little girls are quickly turning into women... and not just because time flies. They're getting a secret hormone boost that's leading to early puberty and a lifetime of trouble.
  8. Why some boys have breasts

    Men are exposed to estrogen at every turn, from birth to the grave — and we're only just beginning to feel the effects.

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