Archive for April, 2008

Bisphenol A: Dental fillings, ADHD and the fall of the American Empire

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

globeandmail.com: The other place bisphenol A lurks: our teeth

BPA is a hormone disruptor that can mimic estrogen, and some research has linked it to health consequences, including early puberty in girls, breast and prostate cancer, and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.

(Emphasis, mine.)

So besides the increasing freakiness of all the unexpected places that this BPA stuff is showing up (Dental Fillings? really? Well at least it should only be a problem for people who are old enough to have been bingeing on HFCS for long enough to get cavities.) But what really caught my eye was the ADHD mention.

It’s often been noted that the US seems to have a higher rate of ADD/ADHD than other countries, and this has variously been linked to: the mindset on the imigrants who make up the population (restless/ADHD people are more likely to move, thus the population has “self selected” for ADHD like traits) ; the over medicalization of the US population mindset (ie everything can be fixed with a drug even if it didn’t used to be a problem); among various others. But this raises the prospect that it might juts be that Americans are more exposed to various endocrine disruptors and other chemical products that have a relatively short history of existence and use.

We learned, from Rome, that lead pipes, while useful will eventually poison you. I wonder what lessons the rest of the world will learn once the US finishes poisoning it’s population (I’m still holding out hope that it will be clear enough to learn anything from in the end, though that seems increasingly unlikely. And besides, we’ve never been very good at keeping the mess in our own back yard, so there may well be no one left to learn the lesson.)

PS: Brita pitchers and filters etc are made of Polystyrene, not polycarbonate, so they are and have always been BPA free.

USPS Postal News: Free Recycling Through the Mail

Monday, April 7th, 2008

USPS Postal News: Free Recycling Through the Mail:

Postage is paid for by Clover Technologies Group, a nationally recognized company that recycles, remanufactures and remarkets inkjet cartridges, laser cartridges and small electronics. If the electronic item or cartridges cannot be refurbished and resold, its component parts are reused to refurbish other items, or the parts are broken down further and the materials are recycled. Clover Technologies Group has a “zero waste to landfill” policy: it does everything it can to avoid contributing any materials to the nation’s landfills.

The really important part of this is that Chicago is one of the test cities. But first I want to see if I can get my busted electronics (Sony Ericsson v505 with a dead screen, iPod Photo 60GB with a dead harddrive) fixed and thus useful again, as I’d rather give away working toys to family or for that matter continue to use them myself.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of flying

Monday, April 7th, 2008

 From the Leader-Post:

Flying back to Regina on the weekend, I came up with a few ideas I believe would dramatically improve airport security and efficiency, while creating a more interesting in-flight environment.

First, and most importantly, I think everyone should be forced to fly naked without luggage.

Traveling with your co-workers  or parents might be a little awkward. Would the flight staff be naked too?

Mother of All Wine Runs | SAIL.IE

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

SAIL.IE has an interesting article about a guy who has made some pretty hefty investments in shipping wine by sailboat. I find this hugely appealing for so many reasons.

I wish I had more to say about it but, really I just want to be able to buy some!

Oh. Notice that they’ll be shipping to Canada starting this summer!