KFI 640 AM fitness guru Jillian Michaels gave a list of dangerous food containers and food chemicals as she said her new radio job has made her “paranoid.” Included as dangerous practices are using recycled plastic water bottles with the code numbers 3 and 7; microwaving Styrofoam, plastic and Tupperware (she says use Pyrex or ceramic); putting plastic and Tupperware in the dishwasher; ionizing radiation from the sun; ingesting artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which results in memory loss and auto-immune deficiencies; consuming hydrogenated vegetable oils; flavor enhancers in bread, specifically potassium bromide, which can be carcinogenic. Also no MSG, yellow food coloring (Yellow 3 and 5), sodium nitrate, toxic metals like mercury found in tuna, and fluoridated water, no unfiltered water, no non-organic berries, no pesticides, no sleep deprivation, no radon in the house, no unnatural carpet fibers, no toxic paint in the house; no toxic dry cleaners, no chemicals to get rid of pests, no nonorganic makeup.
I’ve always had a bad feeling about the taste of plastic when I cook with it, so I’m off it. To add to my paranoia KFI 640 Dr. Dean Edell says, in contradiction to Jillian Michaels, that anti-oxidants can actually be harmful to one’s health.
It’s a logical fallacy to say “everything kills you so I might as well give up.” While one can be extreme and paranoid, a few basic principles, such as not heating up plastic containers and being moderate with toxic foods, seems reasonable. If we go too far
I’m a crappy sleeper, getting 5-6.5 broken hours a night, so I’m screwed there. I doubt I’ll follow every rule but I won’t cook in plastic anymore. Nor will I heat plastic containers in the dishwasher. Regarding the other products, I’ll eat the bad ones rarely or in moderation. Go too far in living in a “pure” world and we’ll end up like the secluded nut-job in the highly underrated Todd Haynes film Safe.