This Teflon thing. I *just* bought two beautiful pots coated in the stuff. I heard about the Teflon warnings, posted about it before actually. But the ever consistent ostrich that I am, I told myself it couldn't be that bad. But then my mother stopped using them. Ordinarily, Ami ji scoffs at such news. "Ehvay pay marray nay" (they just say it). But she switched. Then I heard from a reliable source at the CDC that a study found chickens hanging out near people cooking on Teflon pans, died from exposure. No they weren't cooked in the pans. Just hanging out near the pans. Why? I don't know. That is beside the point. Chickens died people. Meet Aisha the ostrich who has had her head yanked cruelly by the tips of her cute feathers out of the sand and made to face the horror... the horror. What do I do with the Teflon pans? Do I donate them? "So I found out these pans cause cancer and thought I'd give them to those who can't afford anything else" But they're lovely. They cost good money. Throwing them in the trash just feels.. wrong? I'm so conflicted. Any advice? Maybe attach a sticky note with warning?
Diet Coke. At a restaurant? "can I have a diet coke" Between classes? "think I'll go grab a diet coke" before a sunday movie "can you grab the diet coke from the fridge?" *sigh* Yep the stuff they put in Diet coke and many other artificially sweetened drinks cause cancer. My two most favorite things in the world cause cancer. I love Diet Coke. Love it. Love it more than regular coke. It's a part of my life but it too causes cancer. Reliable sources confirmed it. Reliable sources spoil all the fun. This actually really bugs me. It's something I drink on a daily basis. What do I drink now? Water? Which brings me to my next point..
Bottled water is a sham. My old roomate's dad worked for the state in water regulation and told us a little secret many years ago that bottled water is not necessesarily cleaner than tap water. I never bothered with the bottled water thing. But then I read a Civil Action this past winter and basically the book is about a lawyer suing companies who knowingly polluted wells in a small Mass. town causing high rates of cancer in children. True story. So then I thought DARN, gotta drink bottled water. But new studies confirm what I knew many years ago. It's not as regulated and not that much better. I know some people drink bottled water exclusively.. I was planning to start, at least one news isn't so sad for me.
**Edited to add: Aforementioned reliable source read this post and called me to correct the study information. The chickens were mentioned as an example but it was birds of all types dying near the Teflon, not just the chickens. Thank you reliable source. And btw- takes everything in me to say "reliable source" as opposed to "a little bird told me" I have an awful sense of humor. *sigh**
On a serious note, I know people struggling with cancer. Bless them for their bravery and the bravery of their family members. Please take my gripes with a grain of salt. They are in jest. The pain of cancer, obviously far worse than scrubbing with SOS pads and drinking tap water. I hope that's obvious, but incase it wasn't, wanted to spell it out.