In a column for today’s New York Times, Nicholas Kristof reveals that there are indeed people out there who are afraid of receipts — not to mention microwave popcorn, canned food, plastics, cosmetics, and food packaging….
What’s the source of all this fear? Chemicals, and particularly so-called “endocrine disruptors.” According to Kristof, all sorts of chemicals, including BPA (a component of many plastics, which has been in use for 60 years) can mimic hormones and lead to a multitude of health problems, from genital deformities, to infertility, to breast cancer and even obesity…
“People think that because Kristof is an expert on other topics, he must be a trustworthy source of information on chemicals,” adds ACSH’s Dr. Gilbert Ross. “What they don’t realize is that, on the topic of chemicals, he just doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He goes so far as to repeat the thoroughly discredited myths about gender-bent frogs and declining sperm counts — favorite activist dogma, but completely unfounded.”
Full ACSH critique worth reading.