BPA (Bisphenol-A) is USED to make hard, clear, shatter-resistant plastic; POLYCARBONATE plastic (egs. Containers, Bottles, Food & Beverage Can Linings).
PHTHALATES assist in making flexible and soft plastics (egs. Toys, Teethers, Baby Shampoo, Soap, Lotion)
BPA can leach into foods and beverages over time (avoid scratched plastic cups), when heated or in microwaving or dishwashing.
Both appears to be endocrine disruptors which can lead to serious health complications and illness through exposure.
“BPA is used in many products of modern society, not just as the building block for polycarbonate plastic (from which it leaches as the container ages), but also in the manufacture of epoxy resins and other plastics, including:
- Certain polyester resins
According to the lead researcher in this study, BPA mimics estradiol, a sex hormone that can trigger major changes in your body, which is why medical experts are so concerned about the impact of even tiny amounts of it showing up in people. The problems associated with BPA include:
- Structural damage to the brain
- Abnormal sexual behavior
- Increased fat formation
- Early puberty
- Disrupted reproductive cycles“
- Coronary Artery Stenosis (BPA and Narrowed Arteries: New Study Links Plastics Chemical with Coronary Artery Stenosis)
(Excerpt: Why Plastics Can Make You Sick)
“You would think labeling a product “BPA-Free” would be some measure of protection against ingesting this toxic plastic by-product, but it turns out that tests on plastics using this label have not been conducted under real-world conditions like running the plastics through a dishwasher or heating them in a microwave.
In the “real-world”, 95 percent of all plastic products in the study above tested positive for estrogenic activity, meaning they can still disrupt your hormones even if they carry a BPA-Free label. Even more disconcerting is the finding that BPA-Free plastics in some cases leached MORE BPA than the non-BPA free plastics.” (Even ‘BPA-Free’ Plastics Leach Endrocrine-Disrupting Chemicals)
“Plastics manufacturers can legally make it appear their products are safe by labeling them BPA-free, even though they may contain BPS, or another similar toxic chemical, that they don’t mention. More corporate lies of omission that can and do hurt your health.” BPA-Free Products Still Contain Bisphenols of Equal Toxicity
“The American Chemistry Council, a lobby group for the chemical industry that issued a statement in early 2010 denying the health hazards of BPA, clearly does not want to see this cash cow bite the dust … nor be held accountable for health problems related to its use. They will pull out all the stops to keep this chemical in your food packaging, baby bottles, and more for as long as possible.” Dr Mercola; 2010/11/02
Some ways to AVOID Phthalates and Bisphenols:
- Avoid using most baby care products. Many, if not most, modern baby care products contain these toxic agents
- Avoid plastic containers as much as possible, and particularly avoid storing food in them. Plastic wraps also contain phthalates. Use glass and stainless steel containers instead.
- Avoid products with fragrances added. Most contain phthalates.
- In the US, you can limit—but not eliminate—phthalate exposure from plastics by using only those that carry the numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5 in the triangle symbol.
- Do not microwave anything in plastic containers or with plastic film on top! (Better yet, don’t use microwave ovens, as they destroy nutrients.)
- Cans (tins) are nearly always lined with phthalate-laced plastic to avoid that “tinny” taste. Avoid canned foods as much as possible.
- Polymer clays contain phthalates. Do not let your children play with them.
- Food purchased from stores often are wrapped in plastics. You can help limit your exposure to phthlates from these products by scraping a thin layer off the tops of plastic-wrapped foods. (This, of course, is not always practical, but is often effective in meat and cheese.)
- Paint with natural paints, and if you can’t, always make sure the room is well ventilated while painting and drying. Solvents, too, should be used only in well-ventilated areas.
- Air fresheners, even fragrance-free ones, nearly always contain phthalates.
- Read labels! Although phthalates are not always included on labels, you can avoid a lot of them by looking for these ingredients:
- DBP (dibutyl phthalate)
- DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate)
- DiNP (diisononyl phthalate)
- DEP (diethyl phthalate)
- BBzP (benzyl butyl phthalate)
- DEHP (di 2-ethylhexl phthalate)
- DiDP (diisodecyl phthalate)
- DnHP (di-n-hexyl phthalate)
- DMP (dimethyl phthalate)
- DnOP (di-n-octylphthalate)
- BPA (bisphenol A) (Phthalates: Lack of Regulation and Protecting Yourself)
- Certain tooth sealants
- Certain BPA-free plastics (which can contain similar endocrine-disrupting chemicals) (Boosts Disruptive Hormone by 1000% in 5 Days – Avoid This Eating Mistake