Dr. Marchese shares if clear, plastic water bottles can cause cancer.
So the problem with plastic water bottles is the container itself, not the liquid that’s in it. So when you say plastic water bottles, it actually could be a plastic soda bottle, a plastic juice bottle. It doesn’t matter what liquid’s in, and I just want to be clear that it’s actually the plastic bottle. And so plastics, if you flip the bottle over, will have a little number on the bottom inside the recycling triangle. There’s a lot of information about the chemical make-up of the bottles based on the number, and people ask me all the time, "Well, I heard number 2 and 4 is okay, and number 1 and 7 is bad," and in my opinion, all of the numbers are bad because there’s different chemicals that are harmful to us in all the plastic bottles.
So what I prefer people do, is they drink their liquids out of either a glass bottle or a metal container, and many of the health food stores and the outdoor stores are now selling bottles that are free of some of these chemicals, for example, REI, Recreation Equipment Incorporated, it's an outdoor store, and all of their plastic water bottles are free of BPA, bisphenol A.
An example of a container to drink your water out of would be a metal container such as this one. This metal container, when you open up the top and look inside, the inside is a shiny bright metal. You have to be careful; some metal containers, it’s a dull, matted metal, and that means it has a plastic liner on it, and metal containers with a plastic liner, that plastic liner has the same chemical bisphenol A in it.
So you want to filter your own water from your home into a metal container that doesn’t have the plastic lining on the inside.
About Dr. Marchese, N.D., LLC:
Dr. Marianne Marchese is a clinician, author, and educator. She graduated from Creighton University in 1990 with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and specialized in neurological and orthopedic conditions while working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Dr. Marchese received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland Oregon in 2002. She completed a two-year postgraduate residency in Integrative Medicine and Womens Health and completed a six-month post-graduate training in Environmental Medicine. Dr. Marchese has been an adjunct faculty member at a post-graduate college since 2003 teaching in the areas of women's health and environmental medicine. She first taught at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and later at Life Chiropractic College. Currently, she is clinical supervisor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Marchese offers full laboratory services for diagnosis of disease and utilizes the naturopathic treatment modalities of: nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, chelation, cleansing, IV therapy, microcurrent, nutritional supplements, and natural bioidentical hormones. She utilizes an integrative model of health care and has a strong network of close relationships with practitioners of all disciplines. Dr. Marchese has served on the legislative committee for the California Naturopathic Doctors Association and currently is on the Board of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association.
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