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Receipts May Be Source of Endocrine Disruptor: Study

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  • Thermal paper typically used for receipts contains the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA)
  • After handling receipts, BPA was found in all study participants’ urine and the concentration of BPA in the urine samples had increased as well
  • Past research has shown that holding receipt paper for only five seconds was enough to transfer BPA onto your skin, and the amount of BPA transferred increased by about 10 times if fingers were wet or greasy
  • Other common sources of BPA exposure include canned foods, soda cans, plastics (even some BPA-free plastics), and paper currency, which may be contaminated by receipts stored nearby (such as in your wallet)

By Dr. Mercola

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are similar in structure to natural sex hormones such as estrogen. By mimicking natural hormones, they have a number of adverse effects on both humans and wildlife, including developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune system damage.


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