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Professor: if everything is bad for us nowadays, why do people live longer?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPeople are often told that one or the other thing is bad for them. I remember hearing once that wristwatches with batteries are bad for health. I’ve even heard that imported lemons are bad for us, or that we would all die if we watch television too long.

Now the time has come for plastic bottles and bisphenol – signatures are being collected now to ban this substance, says Professor and gastroenterologist Anatolijs Danilāns of Riga Stradins University Hospital.

A mouse left in front of a television set will not feel good

«I would like to say – there has to be scientific proof that something is bad for health. Justified and believable scientific research, not tests using mice, has weight. If we keep a mouse in front of a television set, it may not feel good, but is that a good enough reason to throw away a television set? As for plastic, there is no research in the world that proves plastic and bisphenol are bad for health! If you find some, show me,» said the professor.

If everything is bad for us, why do we live longer?

Danilāns says that statistics show – average life-span in Japan, USA and European Union continue increasing. «And men – let’s not forget that men are humans too. If our lives are actively poisoned on all sides by plastic, television sets and food, then why haven’t we all died yet? Our lifespan is longer than it has ever been. Even with all these threats coming from plastic, television sets and other ‘dangers of the modern world’, we still live longer lives. Perhaps they are not nearly as dangerous as we are told?» says Danilāns.

The professor adds: «Pick two groups of people. Make both groups drink from plastic bottles, but tell one group that they drink from bottles made from ‘harmless plastic’, and tell the other group that their plastic is unsafe. There will be an effect even though bottles are the same. This is a placebo effect – doctors are well-aware of this.»

Alcohol, tobacco and mushrooms

«In my 50 years of experience, I have not seen any patients suffering from poisoning they got after drinking from plastic bottles. Yes, it is proven fact that tobacco and alcohol are harmful to our health – many such patients complain to their doctors about complications caused by those substances. I’ve not had any patients who were suffering from poisoning caused by plastic bottles,» said the professor.

He also mentions: «I do have a feeling that this is about profits – someone wants to divide society and have them purchase bottles produced by them and thereby earn lots of money. There is no tangible scientific proof, so there is no reason to worry.»

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