What you should know about BPA's.
BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an
industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and
resins. BPA is one of the most well know endocrine disruptors and is a
common ingredient in plastics and food-can linings. Unfortunately, BPA
can leach out from the container and contaminate the food inside,
particularly when exposed to high temperatures. Recently, BPA has been
implicated in many adverse health conditions, including an increased
risk for obesity.
recent research published in the Environmental Health Perspective, the
estrogenic properties of BPA can disrupt pancreatic beta-cell
function. The beta cells store and release insulin, the primary
hormone involved in maintaining blood-sugar levels. Low-dose,
long-term exposure to BPA caused a rise in insulin production that lead
to insulin resistance. Studies have indicated that elevated insulin
levels are a risk factor for obesity.
Increase in Fat Cell Production
The estrogen-like effects of BPA has been
shown in a Japanese study to cause both hyperplasia (an increase in the
number of fat cells) and hypertrophy (an enlargement of the fat cells)
in laboratory mice. The effect was even greater when an increase in
insulin production was simultaneously occurring.
"When you eat something with BPA, it's like
telling your organs that you are eating more than you are really
eating," says Angel Nadal, a BPA expert at the Miguel Hernandez
University in Spain.
Nadal's latest research finds that the chemical triggers the release of almost double the insulin
actually needed to break down food. High insulin levels can
desensitize the body to the hormone over time, which in some people may
then lead to weight gain and Type 2 diabetes.
BPA fools a receptor into thinking it is the
natural hormone estrogen, an insulin regulator. Nadal's team found
that even the tiniest amounts of BPA -- a quarter of a billionth of a
gram -- did the trick.
BPA's exposure is not just in plastic and canned food items, but also BPA-infused cash register receipts, dental sealants and toilet paper.
Thyroid and Endocrine Dysfunction
BPA is an endocrine disruptor, an outside
chemical that can mimic a natural body hormone and fool the body into
over-responding, such as increasing body mass through growth hormone or
stimulating insulin production when it is not needed. A 2007 study
found that BPA can bind to the thyroid hormone receptor, interrupting
its function. Thyroid conditions, particularly hypothyroidism, have been implicated in weight gain.
BPA is just one of a larger cocktail of at
least 20 endocrine disruptors commonly used in everyday items,
including phthalates, nicotine, dioxin, arsenic and tributyltin.
Further, obesity and diabetes aren't the only risks posed by the
chemicals. Studies also hint at links with cancer, infertility, heart disease and cognitive problems.
So, what can you do?
1. Use stainless steel or glass water bottles instead of plastic for drinking bottled water.
Remove any and all plastic cups, utensils and storage containers in
your home. Replace them with glass, stainless steel, ceramic or bamboo
2. Drink soda only from glass bottles. Better yet, quit soda all together. Try a natural soda replacement such as adding Sweetleaf Stevia Cola Flavor to your water.
3. Avoid microwavable meals. Instead, eat fresh, home made, organic meals, or, use pyrex glass storage containers.
4. Avoid purchasing any perishable goods that contain BPA's, especially canned goods. If you must purchase canned, look for BPA free labels.
5. Replace your plastic coffee/tea
maker with a French Press, ceramic drip, stainless steel electric
percolator or glass kettle. Disposable paper cups are often
lined with plastic, so avoid the coffee shop, or bring your own ceramic
or stainless steel mug.
6. If you don't need a receipt, leave it or ask the cashier to place it in the bag.
7. Look for BPA free baby bottles and toddler cups.
8. Use reusable cloth grocery bags instead of plastic when shopping.
9. Keep plastic containers out of the freezer, microwave or dishwasher. BPA and phthalates leach from plastics at a higher rate in hot or cold temperatures.
10. Play it safe - opt for wood and cloth toys over plastic.
11. Talk to your Dentist about sealants and composites that are BPA free.
Even if you follow all of these
steps, BPA will inevitably linger in your body. The branch of
homeopathy called "isotheraphy" uses the bodies natural detox abilities
to detoxify the petrochemical.
Dr. Recommend's Isotheraphy Homeopathic Remedies for detoxification include:
* These statements have not been evaluated
by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to
diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.