BPA (Bisphenol -A) is an industrial chemical that mimics estrogen & has been in use since the 1930’s. Your endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate your body’s growth, metabolism, sexual development & function. BPA is a chemical that may interfere with the body’s hormonal system and produce adverse immune, reproductive, developmental, and neurological symptoms. When it comes to disrupting the endocrine system, a wide range of substances come to mind such as, dioxin & dioxin like compounds, pharmaceuticals, polychlorinated biphenyls, DDT, & other pesticides. Endocrine disruptors may also be found in products that are in everyday use such as, plastic bottles, food cans, detergents, food, toys, baby bottles or Sippy cups, & cosmetics.

Plastic manufacturers can legally make their products appear safe by labeling them BPA-free, even though they may contain another toxic chemical like BPS. BPS appears to have hormone mimicking characteristics similar to BPA. GreenMedInfo states: “…..while regulators wait for manufacturers who promote their products with “BPA-Free!” stickers at the same moment that they infuse them with BPS to voluntarily reformulate, there is evidence now that BPS may actually have worse effects to environmental and human health, alike…”

“..BPS’ relative inability to biodegrade indicates: 1) once it is absorbed into the human body, it may accumulate there for longer periods of time. 2) it is more likely to persist in the environment, making external exposures to it, and its many metabolites, much more likely than the faster degrading BPA. In other words, its potential to do harm will worsen along the axis of time, not lessen, which is a common argument is made for the purported “safety” of BPA.”

Approximately, 95% of all plastic products can disrupt your hormones even if it is labeled BPA-Free. Even more alarming, in some cases, is that BPA-Free plastics can leach more BPA than non-BPA free plastics because manufacturers are only taking out a percentage of it.

There are toxic chemicals, other than BPA, in just about everything we come into contact with such as, plastics, PVC water pipes, canned goods (lined with BPA-containing plastic), thermal receipt paper and the sealants your dentists want to put on your children’s teeth. BPA is highly publicized but it is not the only offender. There is also Bisphenol AB & AF, Bisphenol B & BP, Bisphenol C, Bisphenol E, F,G, M, S, P, PH, TMC & Bisphenol Z.

There are 75,000+ toxins in the environment (air water & food). We can no longer completely eliminate our exposure to BPA, BPS, & other toxins but we can reduce our exposure to them.

Suggestions:

1. Use glass instead of plastic.
2. Don’t use plastic containers or Styrofoam to heat food.
3. Choose jarred goods over canned goods.
4. Whenever possible choose fresh foods.
5. Choose natural wood or fabric type teething toys for children over the plastic variety.
6. Supplement appropriately so your body will eliminate toxins efficiently.
a) Natural vitamin & plant sourced minerals.
b) Standardized phytonutrients.
c) Nutrients that help support breast, prostate, bone & colon health.
d) Nutrients that support the natural function of the endocrine, immune, nervous & cardiovascular systems.