Would You Like A Dash Of Bisphenol A (BPA) With That?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a product which is linked to all of the following:

Behavioral changes
Diabetes and obesity
Early puberty
Down Syndrome
Reduced sperm count
Breast cancer
Prostate disease and cancer
Impaired immune function
Decreased anti-oxidant enzyme levels
Brain damage
Changes in brain chemistry


Looking at that laundry list of bad things you may be asking yourself “Well, how does that BPA thingy affect me?” I’m going to explain how it can affect you, your children and even your unborn children.I’m going to do my best to keep this in layman’s terms because I’m no scientist myself and the education of the public on this issue is of the utmost importance.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used for manufacturing items such as polycarbonate plastics for water bottles and resin liners for food cans. However, it can leach out of products, is considered an endocrine-disrupting chemical, and has been linked to a range of health problems.

BPA has been used as a color developer on thermal receipt paper, including cash register receipts and tickets. Researchers have reported that BPA can transfer from receipts to paper money during handling. Now, they report that recycling of thermal receipt papers is a source of BPA contamination of paper napkins, toilet paper, food packaging, and other paper products, writes Michael Woods, Assistant Director for Science Communications in the American Chemical Society’s Office of Public Affairs.

Now, we’ve all be encouraged to recycle for YEARS; my oldest daughter harps on me about it all the time. These studies are bringing to light that using recycled products can in fact HURT US more than they help us! Recycled paper products like toilet paper, cash register receipts, soda cans, water bottles…. ALL of it has the potential to be toxic.

If that isn’t bad enough it’s been reported that this toxic waste is being put in our DRINKING WATER. It’s adding estrogen to men causing them to become less fertile and hence more unable to bear children or to even be attracted to women. Now, I’m not saying the government is trying to make men gay but it seems that may potentially be a side effect.

It’s upping the dose of estrogen in young girls and is linked to early pubery. I can speak from experience about this! My now 13 year old daughter went in to puberty at the ripe old age of EIGHT and her sister, who is in the THIRD GRADE,  just hit puberty herself. We had parent teacher conferences today and I had to tell her teacher about it. There have been reports of girls as old as THREE going in to puberty.

There are other places which this chemical is being found other than what was listed in the previous article. It has ben found in the following:

canned goods (canned pasta and soups contain the highest levels)
designer clothing
Infant formula (Enfamil formula appears to have the highest concentrations of the 20 tests conducted)
#7 plastics (also marked “PC”)which is rigid, transparent plastic used for sippy cups, baby bottles, water bottle, hard plastic microwavable cookware, some plastic storage bags and containers and in the linings of aluminum cans
Some metal water bottles are lined with a plastic coating that contains BPA
paper money
some dental sealants and composites

I am including a brief overview of some studies here as well:

BPA’s toxic effects in lab animals are on the rise and common in people

EWG’s tests show that canned foods are a significant fraction of people’s total BPA exposure

People’s BPA exposures overlap with doses shown to harm laboratory animals

BPA is at unsafe levels in one of every 10 servings of canned foods (11%) and one of every 3 cans of infant formula (33%)

CDC data show that people are routinely exposed to unsafe levels of BPA

Many women who eat canned food are exposed to unsafe levels of BPA

30 ug/kg/d

10 ug/kg/d

2.4 ug/kg/d

2.0 ug/kg/d

0.025 ug/kg/d

Courtesy of the Environmental Working Group

We’re all being contaminated, poisoned, on a daily basis. Some suggestions to avoid this contamination are:

• Never microwave foods in plastic containers. Heating plastics greatly increases the potential for leaching of chemicals into your food.

• Avoid drinking beverages out of plastic containers. This includes bottled water, juice drinks, and others. Drink out of glass or stainless steel.

• Greatly reduce or eliminate your consumption of canned food products. I read an article that advised using frozen vegetables but since the plastic packaging may still contain BPA I’d advise to use fresh veggies or those that come in a glass jar. If you still want to use canned veggies then rinse them before cooking to reduce the BPA levels.

• Avoid storing food in plastic containers. Instead, choose Pyrex or class containers (stainless steel is also acceptable). Also avoid using plastic sandwich bags or plastic wrap products, wherever possible.

• If you like soda buy it in bottles instead of cans. I personally inspected two Coca Cola bottles tonight and neither were stamped with #7 or PC so they should be BPA free.

We live in a society of over consumption folks. It’s high time we started taking a hard look at what we are ACTUALLY consuming.

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