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Can Someone Make Me Feel Better About This?

I told my husband I wanted a new Dooney and Bourke bag when we go to the world in September... So I started browsing and I noticed this:

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CA Residents: Proposition 65
WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

So now i'm thinking about NOT getting a Dooney and Bourke bag unless someone can convince me otherwise... crossfingers

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I mean....California does seem to think that everything causes cancer.... wink

But seriously, you have to do what you're comfortable with, but if I wanted the bag, I'd buy it anyway unless the warning came from a reputable source like a group of physicians or the Surgeon General. California is notorious for having warning labels on everything. Even at Disneyland, they had a plaque on each attraction with information that was clearly required to be displayed by California law. WDW operates many of the same or similar attractions without having to display anything like that in such a public fashion.

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I agree. Not to minimize the intent and impacts, but that statement is everywhere out here; it's hard to really figure out what to take as a serious concern and what is CYA or mandated for CYA reasons.

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If it bothers you, just think about all the other goodieas you can get with the money! Did I hear Vera Bradley calling your name?

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I'm sure I saw this on my UK Facebook page,and it was a hoax..Quite a while ago..I could be wrong.. confused

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In Calif. everything causes trouble. Ignore it like 99.9% of the population does.

JeffC is correct.

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Looking at a tree in California apparently causes cancer. I wouldn't worry about it at all.

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I heard that the only thing that doesn't cause cancer in Cali is reading WDW for Grown Ups ...

(caution the above fact is not clinically proven)

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While everyone has a right to their own concerns and cautions... and even if the warning is a legitimate one and not a product of an over-litigated 'sue-their-butts-off' society...

Logically, and realistically, the risk assessment more than likely lands on the minimal risk side:

---a) Comparatively, if we look at those things in our environment that put us as risk for cancer -- we've far greater risks in our everyday environment than that which might come from a singular Dooney bag. To name a few:
---------Pesticide Residue on our fruits/veggies;
---------pesticide/fertilizer/chemical runoff in our water supply;
---------gmos
---------use of growth hormones & antibiotics in farm raised meats.
---------manufacturing and emissions type air pollutants;
---------increasingly strong UV rays from global warming that increase risk of skin cancer;
---------BPA seepage from plastics
---------basic unhealthy lifestyles (lack of exercise; increased levels of obesity)
---------alcohol intake

---b) the warning suggests that chemicals in the product may have been shown to link to cancer. (more than likely these are the dies for the fabric and/or the finish of the bag. But Let's think about how that conclusion is usually reached.
---------"Usually", the determination of cancer causing agents comes from repeated exposure to the chemical itself in a group of Lab rats. This means that the exposure is usually (a) repeated; and (b) has a high density or exposure in relationship to the size of the test subject (rat); and (c) is often directly ingested or injected into the test subjects.
---------Subsequently, this means human risk proportionally _ should be _ minimal because (1) I doubt that you would be nibbling on or eating your expensive Doony bag.; and (2) humans are proportionately larger animals than those animals onto which such scientific testing is usually done.

---c) Cancer Stinks, But medicine and cancer doctors rock now-a-days. While no one wants cancer, the fact is that their are thousands and thousands of Survivors out there today, living high quality of life. Treatments and medicines are just getting better and better. "Living with Cancer" is a real thing now, and the word is no longer the daunting death sentence it once was.

...... so then ....
Enjoy life while its in front o you. Go ahead and Get your Dooney Bag.

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There are 800 chemicals on the CA prop 65 list. Even a trace amount requires the warning label.

For instance: Coke and Pepsi recently changed their caramel coloring to avoid the Prop 65 label even though the FDA had said before the changes it would take more than 1,000 cans of pop a day to reach doses shown to lead to cancer in mice.

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Thank you all! I see a Dooney bag in my future!

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Karlipants wrote:
Thank you all! I see a Dooney bag in my future!

awesome

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No kidding - this sign is posted all over Disneyland. They went up shortly after someone sued Disneyland over the lead content in the brass finials that sit atop queue markers - like the cute little bats in the Haunted Mansion. Or maybe it was leaded glass in some of the stained glass windows. I can't quite remember, but seriously - don't lick the windows.

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Awww but licking windows is my favourite hobby silly guess I will have to go without if I go to California biggrin

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Brinbunny wrote:
Awww but licking windows is my favourite hobby silly biggrin

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I saw a guy licking the window on the subway once. I think he was actually making out with it. He'd be better off in CA.

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