Eric Harris (Resident Neuroscientist and Gentleman Farmer)
Scientific Analysis of a Controversy Concerning Potential Contamination of Liquids in Plastic Bottles
The widespread concern about the potential health and environmental effects of compounds that might leach from plastic bottles has created interest in, and a market for, alternatives that won’t release BPA and other compounds with estrogenic activity (EA) in particular. TritanÔ, produced by the Eastman company, has been marketed as being BPA- and EA-free, and has been widely adopted including by such traditionally “green” companies as REIÒ and Whole FoodsÒ, yet there is evidence that bottles made by using Tritan have the potential to release EA under certain conditions. These claims were the focus of a recent lawsuit that was mostly in Eastman’s favor, yet scientific and critical thinking questions remain. Dr. Harris will scientifically address the question of how to asses potential leaching of EA, as well as analyze the apparently conflicting data concerning Tritan. “
Ebola Epidemic Misconceptions
The recent Ebola Epidemic has caused some people to worry about the possibility of an Ebola epidemic in the developed world. Should we be concerned? Why? Why not?
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