Somehow I think most of you skipped the article because it's too long... let me give you the instant version
By most of you, you must have been talking to me
I read it, but take these things with a grain of salt. Mostly because such stores tend to be sensationalist, taking lose ties and speculative data and presenting worst case scenerio.
This isn't entirely new news, women have been told not to change literboxes when pregnant for fear of toxoplasmosis and a host of other potential fecal-transmitted problems -- but how much of this stuff is really necessary to cause birth defects? Schizophrenia? Is it such a small amount that it's worth getting scared over? Doubt it. And when they say, 'more likely' do they mean 15, 20, 50 percent more likely or do they mean point zero one percent more likely? That's an important distinction, the absense of specific numbers always leads me to assume it's on the lower end.
It's like aspertame, rats fed enough of it had increased chances of getting cancer, but the amount that produced measurable results would equate to gallons a day human consumption. Can aspertame cause cancer, then? Yeah, but is it likely you consume enough to greatly increase your chances of getting cancer? No.
Don't get me wrong, I think it's a cool story and I'm glad you posted it -- but I also think it, like bird flu and everything else, is sensationalistic -- designed to scare people into pouring money into research or into vaccines or whatever.
If we were to take all their warnings, advisories and early studies to heart we'd find ourselves incapable of ingesting anything or even breathing -- who knows how many creepy crawlies accompany each breath, each swallow--and in great enough numbers, I'm sure every one of them could be deadly -- or worse.
Sorry for rambling, I'll leave your thread alone now