Why Plastics Can Make You Sick

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April 27, 2005 | 37,907 views

A controversy regarding the safety of low-dose effects of bisphenolA (BPA), a chemical used to make hard, clear plastics such as thosefound in baby bottles, food-storage containers and the lining ofsoda cans, has reached the forefront in America.

Each year, over 6 billion tons of BPA are used to make polycarbonateplastics. Chemical bonds that BPA forms in plastic can unravel whenheated, washed or exposed to acidic foods, prompting the chemicalto contaminate foods. And while the plastic industry fails to seethe need for alarm regarding the health impact of this chemical,researchers with no ties to the industry beg to differ.

Opposing Results

Your body is extremely sensitive to sex hormones, and minisculeamounts can induce profound changes. Therefore, since BPA imitatesthe sex hormone estradiol, scientists are afraid even low levelsof BPA could have a negative impact. Moreover, there is evidence(among mice and rats) low doses of BPA can cause:

Of the 115 published studies researchers reviewed on the low-doseeffects of BPA, 94 of them reported harmful effects on mice andrats; 21 did not.

Coincidentally, none of the 11 studies funded by chemical companiesfound harmful effects caused by BPA, which the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention has reported is detected in 95 percent ofall patients tested. On the other hand, more than 90 percent ofthe studies conducted by scientists not associated with the chemicalindustry [text in blue] discovered negative consequences.

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The negative effectsof bisphenol A (BPA) have been documented for many years. Thislatest study clearly illustrates the massive conflict of interestthat is present in many major industries promoting consumer goods.

In a manner similar to those used in the pharmaceutical,tobacco, cell phone andartificial sweetenerindustries, the plastics industry finds ways to create misleadinginformation about the safety -- or lack thereof -- of their products.

The results of this study again show how research findings canbe manipulated by money, and how the greed of the people who headup major corporations can, indeed, have a negative impact on yourhealth.

BPA is used in many products of modern society, not just asthe building block for polycarbonate plastic (from which it leachesas the container ages), but also in the manufacture of epoxy resinsand other plastics, including:

According to the lead researcher in this study, BPA mimics estradiol,a sex hormone that can trigger major changes in your body, whichis why medical experts are so concerned about the impact of eventiny amounts of it showing up in people. The problems associatedwith BPA include:

What Now?

With the possibility of 95 percent or more of us having BPAand, quite possibly, many other chemicals in our bodies being veryreal, it begs the question: Can you do anything about it?

Prevention

The only real way to prevent toxins from collecting in yourbody in the first place is to avoid exposure to them. To help youwith this process, I provide some guidelines on how you can learnto identify and avoid commontoxins in your environment.

Treatment

There are numerous methods that can be used to help detoxifyyour body, and they vary in cost, time and efficacy. I tend to gravitatetoward the treatments that are simple, effective, inexpensive anddon't involve taking a lot of supplements.

The treatments below fit all of these criteria, and can be incorporatedinto your daily life. They all work to support your body's naturaldetoxification systems, namely your digestive system, liver, kidneys,lungs and skin.

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