Are we all at risk for developing serious health problems because of the popular use of products that contain BPA such as dental sealants and other dental materials, re-usable plastic products, frozen foods packaged in plastic trays (especially if they are heated in plastic) and food and drink packaged in cans lined with plastic and/or packaged in plastic bottles?
Here is what Wikipedia the free online encyclopedia has to say about BPA:
Bisphenol A, commonly abbreviated as BPA, is an organic compound with two phenol functional groups. It is used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, along with other applications.
Known to be estrogenic since the mid 1930s, concerns about the use of bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in 2008 after several governments issued reports questioning its safety, prompting some retailers to remove products containing it from their shelves.
A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised further concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants and young children. In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA as a toxic substance. In the European Union and Canada BPA use is banned in baby bottles.
For further details on BPA on Wikipedia go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A
To read two of the most recent articles about BPA go to the following two websites:
“Dental sealants: Are they safe?” by Julie Deardorff (published December 15, 2010 in the Chicago Tribune):
“Ovarian Cyst Syndrome May Raise Health Risks from Plastics Chemical” published January 18, 2011 in Executive Health by Robert Preidt (Source: The Endocrine Society, news release, Jan. 12, 2011):
To read what 30 U. S. states are planning to do about BPA go to:
“BPA Bans, Chemical Reform Laws in the Works in 30 States” by Jonathan Bardelline (an editor for GreenBiz Group):
To read what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is doing about BPA go to:
“Bisphenol A (BPA) Information for Parents” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
In our household we have made some changes to reduce our BPA toxicity:
We use BPA-free bottles to carry our water.
We store our distilled water, which is made in our home water distiller — in BPA-free bottles.
We buy milk in glass bottles (our milk is also non-homogenized) and any product where we have a choice between buying it in a glass bottle or a plastic bottle (such as mayonnaise, salad dressing, etc.).
We remove frozen food from plastic containers and place it in oven-safe Pyrex dishes before we heat it. (Note: SC Johnson does not use BPA in its plastic products, Ziploc brand bags and containers, and Saran brand wraps.)
We avoid using canned goods and make our own tomato paste, tomato sauce, etc.
To store food in the refrigerator we place only cold food in Tupperware and place hot food in Mason jars before sealing, cooling and storing in the refrigerator.
Several years ago we each began taking 2 capsules a day of DIM-Plus (Diindolylmethane) by Nature’s Way, which was recommended to us by an M.D. for the gradual removal of any built-up BPA stored our bodies.
Any suggestions on limiting and/or removing BPA from the body is welcome. We will share your input in our next email.