Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a synthetic, hormone-disrupting chemical that mimics estrogen. BPA is found in many everyday items including plastic water bottles, the lining in canned foods and beverages, thermal cash register receipts, and hundreds of other everyday products. BPA activates estrogen receptors disrupting hormones and affects how estrogen and other hormones act in the body by blocking them or mimicking them, which throws off the body’s entire hormonal balance.
BPA is detectable in the bodies of more than 95% of the population. It has been found to cause estrogenic changes in animal cells at the same concentrations that are found in pregnant women and their fetuses.
The main source of BPA in humans is from residues in food that leach out of polycarbonate and resin packaging.
|Food storage containers||Plastic bottles||Canned foods & beverages|
|Dental sealants||Plastic utensils||Household dust|
|Cash register receipts||Children’s toys & pacifiers||Plastic wrap & packaging|
Pregnant women and children are especially sensitive and vulnerable to BPA exposure and should avoid consumption of canned foods and beverages. A 2006 study in the journal Chemistry & Biology found a link between BPA and breast cancer. In January, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that they have concerns about the chemical’s potential affects on brain development of fetuses, infants and children. In yet another study [Environmental Health Perspectives], 94% of pregnant women in the study had detectable levels of BPA. This study found that prenatal exposure to BPA puts her baby on course to obesity.
Health Risks Linked to BPA Exposure
|Cancer||Heart disease||Diabetes, insulin resistance|
|Thyroid autoimmunity||Depression||Neurological disorders including MS
|ADD and ADHD||Obesity||Enlarged prostate, prostate cancer|
|Asthma||Anxiety||Altered immune function|
|Infertility||Liver problems||Structural brain damage|
|High blood pressure||Early puberty||Estrogen dominance|
Protect yourself and your family. Why take a chance when there are so many healthier alternatives?