drink up

August 26, 2009

so yesterday was a bit . . . rough. more on that later. first, i must bring you the latest news on something very close to many of our eco-loving, health-embracing hearts:

yes, it concerns your water bottle. and it’s about BPA.

i don’t know how we even got on the subject, but yesterday, not even knowing that i’ve been chugging H20 from a sigg for the past year, the intern casually mentioned that he had read on some blog about how many of the bottles actually DO contain the substance.

i am not a super-organic, chemical fearing person (although perhaps i am headed that way). however, from what i have read, there is enough research on BPA to have me concerned enough to want to avoid it when i can, especially since there are many drinking vessel alternatives available. after all, that was what i thought i was doing with my sigg!

but unfortunately, through the brassy metal interior shines the truth: my bottle does contain the stuff. whether it actually leaches out of the old lining or not is up for debate, but i know that i still would have chosen a different bottle if i had known there was BPA present.

HA. yes, i designed this one myself.

the story is much more fleshed out in the link (also posted above), but the gist is that the sigg company quietly continued to sell off BPA-containing stock for over a year (some old bottles are still available!) while marketing their bottles as a safe alternative to nalgene, which took a ton of BPA heat around that same time.

not very honest, and not very nice.

since i dislike hormone disrupters, i now need a new bottle. and perhaps so do some of you! here are some alternatives i am considering:

above, we have the klean kanteen. a truly BPA-free alternative, this bottle looks fairly similar to the sigg. cons: i wish they had more colors, and that a better speller had created the brand name.

now THIS is a bottle. presenting the absolutely gorgeous kor. it’s like a bottle of vodka met an iMac and had a clean and fashionable baby!

ooh, COLORS. but this bottle is $30 and bigger than i would want (750 ml = more water than i ever drink at one sitting). if they made a mini version, i’d be all over it.

finally, there’s always the classic NALGENE, which is now BPA-free. however, for some reason this brand conjures up images of dirty hikers and tie-dye and doesn’t really attract me like the others.

so i’m leaning towards the klean kanteen. but the jury is still out!

what kind of bottle do you carry? and was anyone else dismayed to learn about a tainted sigg?

mec madness
all right, with all of that fuss over hydration, i’ve run out of time to say much about yesterday’s happenings. there was one rather dicey meconium delivery that had me trying to intubate — twice — and failing. luckily, the infant perked right up with a little bag-mask-ventilation, but i was really not happy that i had been unable to get an endotracheal tube in for suctioning during the heat of the moment like i was supposed to.

i’m discouraged. i feel like i need a remedial intubation tutorial or something. it’s not that i don’t understand the mechanics of it, or what is supposed to happen — i can tube a mannequin in 0.02 seconds. however, in real life i can NEVER SEE WHAT I AM SUPPOSED TO SEE. there are interns that have racked up more intubations than i have, and it’s disheartening. even though i am not ashamed to admit that i HATE codes and emergencies, i want — and need — to be competent at dealing with them.

cindy, want to come to NC and help me out!?? i’m only half joking.



workout: 35 minutes elliptical (levels 9-12) + weights
– 2 x 12 pushups
– 2 x 12 leg press, 90 lbs
– 2 x 12 walking lunges, 8 lb weights
– 2 x 12 bicep curls, 12 lb
– 2 x 12 lateral/forward raises, 5 lb weights
– 2 x 15 ball tucks (abs)

i was supposed to run but didn’t look at my schedule! oh well, easy enough to switch things around.

doin’ time: no martha — instead we used up some leftovers! but i do have this lovely laptop leftovers lunch photo to share:

yum, fridge clean-out.

reading: 35 minutes on reflux.


  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    eh in all honestly i&#39m not really worried about BPA. i love carrying around the (totally un-eco friendly) plastic water bottles though. this does not sit well with my friends so for my bday last year they bought me a klean kanteen so i use that just because it&#39s there…

  • Reply Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I&#39ve been meaning to get an aluminum water bottle for awhile now. I&#39m just being picky and waiting for one that I really want to appear. So sadly, I&#39m still using plastic water bottles and refilling them…yikes!!

    I need to stop that because I&#39m definitely concerned about BPA and just my over-dependence on all things plastic.

    I like the Kor 🙂

  • Reply Susan March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I have a Nalgene similar to the one you posted last, except it&#39s taller and skinnier…and RED! It contains 750 mL, which is a good size for me. Holds me over long enough when I need to do some chugging. It&#39s purse friendly too…at least for me!

  • Reply Jess March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I have a Nike waterbottle that I suspect has BPA. I don&#39t want to pay tons of money for one! Let me know what you decide.

  • Reply Sarah March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I have a Klean Kanteen and I love it. I have the 27 oz. size, which is great… slim enough to slip into a book bag. Mine&#39s pink and the paint has chipped over the last year, but not so much that it bothers me. It&#39s also dented when I&#39ve dropped it when it had water in it, but I usually just hammer it out. I noticed that LL Bean has some other colors & styles, including a great sport top!

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    There is another reason not to buy disposable plastic water bottles for some of you who commented that you do: the cost to our environment, and not just the non-biodegradable aspect of it. Bottled water companies consume huge amounts of energy transporting water between different parts of our country, wasting fuel on a rather heavy product (weighing more than a pound for each pint). So, we should not be supporting this industry out of concern for our environment. So this is yet another reason to use something re-useable, and without BPA.

    — a devoted reader

  • Reply martinidad March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Re: intubations:
    go in deeper than you think you need to and be pulling UP to the lights. Slowly pull back until you see the epiglottis and then throw the tube down. Like Colt 45, it works every time.

    Re: much more important:
    When you go for the martinis – super cold, don&#39t be afraid to smell the drink as would wine – drink it in through your nose. revel in the brininess, which is totally novel from all other beverages and remember that it&#39s an acquired taste that will suggest you are incredibly sophisticated.

  • Reply RhodeyGirl March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    wow. that is sick. you can&#39t trust any companies these days.

    it reminds me of the time everyone in my old gym ate these detour bars, only to find out that the nutrition stats were completely bogus and they were pretty much eating candy bars. luckily i didn&#39t fall into that one.

    le sigh. going to go check out my sigg now.

  • Reply Jules March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    hi…saw a link to this post from Hangry Pants. Very interesting information! I have a camelback bottle that has a straw/sippy thing and i LOVE it. It actually holds 750ml of water, which is a lot, but I notice I drink more water b/c of the straw. but i love that mac/vodka baby!

    I guess the fda approved certain amount of bpa to be "safe" but its in SO many items, that it is best to avoid when you can.

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