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Don't touch those BPA receipts!

We’ve always known that BPA’s are bad, or at least some of us have. Now there is even more evidence backing us up.

A new
study that had subjects handle store receipts showed BPA absorbed through the skin stays in the body much longer than ingested BPA. The study had subjects handle common store receipts for five minutes, then wear gloves for two hours before washing their hands.

BPA measurements in the subjects’ urine showed BPA levels highest for the first
TWO DAYS after handling the receipts. And remember, they only handled the receipt for 5 minutes.

After one week, three of the six volunteers still showed BPA in their urine. Some studies show that the half life of BPA in the body is about 6 hours, but the half life isn’t a linear progression. It actually shows that the half life slows down and doesn’t get detoxed as fast.

Anyway, when the subjects ate a cookie with BPA, follow up urinalysis showed BPA levels spiked after five hours but was cleared after a day. The scientists concluded that the body can more quickly metabolize and clear ingested BPA than BPA absorbed through the skin. If you are looking on the bright side of things, I guess you can take this to mean that its better to use plastic to eat and drink out of than to touch it.

BPA toxicity in everyday food and beverages
BPA (bisphenol-A) is the main component of polycarbonate and is found in water and beverage bottles, plastic lids, the lining of tin cans, food storage containers, dental sealants, contact lenses, and electronics.

Store receipts aren’t the only place people come in contact with BPA. Canned foods often contain significant amounts of the chemical — the lining in a soup
can can deliver 1,000 percent more BPA than fresh soup.

Plastics beverage bottles are another common source of exposure, especially if the bottle has been exposed to heat, light, or acids (such as soda).

Plastic food containers, especially if they have been heated (like in a microwave or in a hot car), are another common source. Plastic coffee lids, straws, and any other plastics that come in contact with foods deliver BPA as well. And again, if those foods or liquids are exposed to heat (coffee) you are more likely to absorb increased amounts of BPA.

BPA on store receipts

Store receipts aren’t the only source of BPA that can be absorbed through the skin. Other sources of thermal paper that contains high amounts of BPA include fast food receipts, ATM receipts, airline tickets, gas station receipts, lottery tickets, fax paper (if anyone still uses that), etc.

So ask the cashier to toss the receipt for you. Or, if they have the ability like in my office, just have them email or text the receipt to you. That way you don’t have to touch it and you won’t ever lose it.

Although this latest study had subjects handle the receipts for five minutes, previous studies have shown handling a receipt for just 
five seconds transfers BPA through your skin and into your bloodstream. Your skin absorbs ten times as much if your fingers are wet or greasy.

You can even absorb BPA from handling cash that has been stored with receipts.

Why BPA is toxic to the body

Studies have shown BPA to be problematic to human health in various ways. It has estrogen-like properties that skew hormone balance. Also known as a xenoestrogen.

Rodent studies have shown BPA causes reproductive defects, cancer, and breakdowns in metabolic and immune health. Great stuff for the health of your kids!

BPA is especially toxic to a developing fetus, raising the risk of causing chromosomal errors, miscarriage, and genetic damage.

The chemical is also linked to poor sperm quality, early puberty, reproductive dysfunction, cancer, heart disease, 
thyroid problems, insulin resistance, and obesity OH MY!

BPA raises the risk of triggering autoimmunity

Recent studies have also shown that BPA can both trigger and exacerbate autoimmune diseases due to its disruptive effect on the immune system. It has been linked to autoimmunity to nerve sheathes, the common target of attach in multiple sclerosis, and to Hashimoto’s thyroid autoimmune disease.

BPA-free is no guarantee
Unfortunately, products listed as “BPA-free” are not a green light either. Many non-BPA plastics also contain synthetic estrogens.

Basically what they are doing is taking BP”A” and changing it to BP”S” and calling it BPA free. This is a load of B”p”S. It doesn’t mean a darn thing! It’s still toxic!

How to reduce your body burden of BPA
Reduce your exposure to BPA as much as possible by not handling receipts and avoiding plastic food and beverage containers. Additionally, help buffer the damage of BPA and other toxins by eating a whole foods diet and supplementing with nutritional compounds that support detoxification and cellular protection. I have included a few link to some products that can help you live a more toxin free life and support those natural detoxification pathways.

Stainless steel water bottles
Glass water bottles
Stainless lunch food containers
Glass food storage containers

The short list of some supplements that can assist in detoxification.
S - Acetyl - Glutathione
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Green Tea Extract
Indol 3 Carbinol

And of course, make sure your digestion is working right.
The last step of detoxification is elimination.
If you aren’t eliminating, you aren’t detoxifying.

Don’t put up with any BP “A” or “S” BS.

I’m Dr. Craig Mortensen
Be Healthy, be happy!

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