Take a guess… how many toxic chemicals reside in your body, or in your baby’s? You’ll be so startled by the answer that you just may take these simple steps to become BPA free. Pollution within people is so real, so pernicious, that scientist are now “mapping the human toxome”. [Watch Ken Cook below.]Store food and water in BPA-free containers.
IT ALL adds up now.
100 years ago, it added up to zilch.
But today, all the hormones and antioxidants in meat, all the bacteria, pesticides and chemicals in fruits and vegetables, all the dyes, chemicals, trans fats and preservatives in manufactured food, and all the chemicals, petroleum by-products inside liners of cans, plastic bags or plastic containers…. Well… these add up to overwhelm.
Simply speaking, the modern (wo)man has become a toxic dumping ground, and it’s overwhelming our health!
Don’t believe me? Think I’m long in the nose, or hyperventilating? Read on…
Consider what’s in our environment, food and water (a tiny, tiny list):
- 900,000,000 pounds of 400 different toxic chemicals are spewed into the air each year, says the Environmental Protection Agency.
- 1,050 chemicals are in food, mostly originating from plastic containers and wrapping.
- 1,000 contaminants are in ready-to-drink, already-treated drinking water.
To those who study toxic chemicals in our bodies, it isn’t surprising that various diseases have dramatically increased that cannot be explained by genetics or evolution:
- Childhood brain cancers have increased 57% between 1975 and 2002.
- Birth defects, like hypospadias, has doubled and now affects one in 125 baby boys.
- Autism, once rarely known, now happens to one in 111 kids, one in 70 boys.
I’ve been aware of how damaging BPA is for some time, and it was a central character in previous posts about plastic water bottles, such as Plastic Water Has Gotta Go, for Your Sake! and Water Bottle Alternatives You Can Live With. So, I was very interested in the San Francisco Chronicle’s report about a recent study, published in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, which I will share with you.
Five San Francisco Bay Area families were asked to eliminate packaged foods from their diets and store food only in glass or stainless steel containers. After doing this for only three days… only three days of eliminating packaged foods… their levels of the chemical bisphenol A in their urine dropped by more than 60 percent, researchers found.
That’s the good news. It’s good news that this particularly plentiful toxic chemical in most of us can be significantly reduced so easily. The bad news is that it touches so much of what we eat, and therefore we become easily re-exposed.
You need to do two things to get rid of BPA:
- Stop consuming BPA via plastic and other manufactured food packaging.
- Select and consume foods that aren’t wrapped in plastic or in cans that leach BPA.
Reduce your BPA exposure!
– Use glass or stainless steel containers.
– Opt for foods packaged in alternatives such as Tetra Pak cartons.
– Avoid canned foods with the highest BPA concentrations: coconut milk, soup, meat.
– Frozen fruits or vegetables may be a convenient alternative.
– Do not microwave food in plastic containers.
Read the Chronicle report of how one family dealt with BPA contamination here.
Read an online copy of the Environmental Health Perspectives study, “Food Packaging and Bisphenol A and Bis (2-Ethylhexyl) Phthalate Exposure: Findings From a Dietary Intervention,” here.
Watch Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group (“EWG”) demonstrate how minute chemicals matter:
If you wish to learn more about this, start with Chemical Body Burden. Good luck to all of us in this crazy world.
Published on April 2, 2011