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BPA Dangers

March 10th, 2013 09:32:00 pm

BPA Dangers exist in your household, today. I encourage you to make the choice to change that! I have written previously about the Teflon dangers that exist in your home as well. Following is an update on that... as well as information from a new report on endocrine disruptors.

 

As mentioned, you have seen in previous blogs of mine that Dupont was fined $10 million dollars by the EPA for hiding information about the dangers of a toxic chemical used to make the non-stick coating, Teflon. In addition to the fines, they were ordered to remove Teflon from the market because it is toxic and causes cancer. Click here.  Thumbs Down

Yet… they prevail and are launching new products using two less atoms. They contend that their PFOA replacements are safer. PFOA is called C-8 because it has 8 carbon atoms. A key replacement chemical, perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), contains 6 carbon atoms and is called C6. The chemical industry would have us believe that the removal of two carbon atoms removes human health risks.  Insult to our intelligence? You decide.

 

Many very reliable sources tell you… get rid of your Teflon cookware.  I can't agree more. And, I offer a solution. Imported, non-toxic cookware that is hand-cast in Germany.  This type of cookware, although an investment, will stand the test of time and offer incredible convenience. You will quickly forget about your Teflon of days gone by. To learn more click here.

 

In more recent news about toxins and your environment, on February 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a new report co-produced with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), titled: State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.

 

The report suggests a ban on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may be needed to protect the health for future generations. Hopefully you are paying attention and re-read that sentence a few times before continuing!!

 

Endocrine disruptorsare chemicals that interfere with the endocrine (or hormone system). This applies to both animals and humans. These disruptions can cause birth defects and developmental disorders, as well as cancerous tumors. Any system in the body controlled by hormones, can be derailed by hormone disruptors. Specifically, they are known to cause learning disabilities, severe attention deficit disorder, cognitive and brain development problems; deformations of the body (including limbs); breast cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid and other cancers.

The report focuses on several of the most common culprits, including Bisphenol-A (BPA), PCB’s, phthalates and agricultural pesticides.

 

According to the report, animal studies have demonstrated that there’s “very strong evidence” BPA can interfere with thyroid hormones. Brain damage, decreased intelligence, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism were also found to be potential side effects.

 

BPA is one of the world's highest production-volume chemicals and is widely used in the production of plastic water bottles, plastic milk bottles, canned foods, soda cans, baby toys, bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups, and microwavable plates to name a few.

 

You may note that you often see “BPA FREE” on labels. But, beware that many manufacturers have simply replaced BPA with bisphenol-S(BPS), an equally toxic chemical.  Studies now show BPS is showing up in human urine concentrations at levels similar to those of BPA--an indication that manufacturers are simply switching one for the other, while still being able to advertise their products as "BPA-free."  In fact, in 2012 a study found 81 percent of those tested from the United States and seven Asian countries had BPS in their urine.

 

Average blood levels of BPA found in Americans are above the level shown to cause harm to animals in laboratory experiments.

 

Chemical induced health problems are a definite concern for many of us. There is just no genetic answer to the rapid level of increases, for example in breast cancer. In the 1940s, the ratio was 1 in 22 women would get breast cancer. In the 1960s that changed to 1 in 14. Today, it is as high as 1 in 7.

 

So my recommendation is to fight back by reducing your toxic load. Focus on that which you can control… your home environment. You can have an immediate effect on the level of toxins you are exposed to in your home… and it will even save you money! Here is a simple little list to get you started.

 

REPLACE THIS… WITH THIS

 BPA Dangers

  1. Plastic Water Bottles—Replace with Glass Water Bottles and reuse over and over. These are great because you can put them in the dishwasher safely to sterilize. No more contributions to the overloaded landfills as well!
  2. Toxic Cookware—Replace with a non-toxic choice such as Titanium. Click here for a recommendation.
  3. Plastic Tupperware and Saran Wrap—Replace with Glass storage containers.
  4. Dryer Sheets & Fabric Softeners—Take an old kitchen rag and put a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil on it and throw it in the dryer with your clothing. This provides a fresh scent without the chemicals that remain against your skin all day.
  5. Shower Curtain (off-gases)—Remodel and make a snail shower or use a glass door.
  6. Plastic Milk Bottle—Purchase organic milk in paper Cartons
  7. Processed Foods—They are full of ingredients you cannot pronounce, so you should not be eating them. The majority of your food should be raw and whole foods you prepare.
  8. Chemical cleaners—Vinegar is all you need! Hydrogen Peroxide based products are good too and they come in wipes.
  9. Off- Bug spray—Natural bug repellent without DEET.
  10. Sunscreens—Choose one that does not have anything from the list below.

 

Make sure your sunscreen does not contain:

  • Para amino benzoic acid
  • Octyl salicyclate
  • Avobenzone
  • Oxybenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Padimate O
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Phenylbenzimidazole
  • Homosalate
  • Sulisobenzone
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Trolamine salicyclate
  • Octocrylene

These are somewhat minor suggestions and can be accomplished quickly. Hopefully you will implement one or all and feel good about making changes and being proactive about BPA Dangers. You can make a difference! Rome was not created in a day.

 

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website and blog are based upon opinions unless otherwise noted. Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the respective author, who retains copyright as marked. The information on this website and blog is not intended to replace a relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of the community of health conscious individuals and businesses. BPA Dangers should be researched by the consumer fully.

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