Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found evidence that, in addition to affecting the heart, brain and nervous system of mammals, bisphenol A (BPA), an industrial chemical and environmental pollutant found in my hard plastic products and known to be an estrogenic endocrine disruptor, can cause hormonal and structural changes of the uterus lining. These changes can affect a mammal’s ability to reproduce, and can result in pyometra (infection and inflammation of the uterus), which, if left untreated, is potentially fatal. While pyometra is most commonly found in animals like cats and dogs, it can also affect humans.
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And another study (see full article here), indicates that most plastics, including BPA-free plastics, leach hormone-like chemicals.
The researchers found that:
“During the first round of tests, exposing plastics to saltwater and alcohol, more than 70% of the products released hormone-disrupting chemicals.”
“After subjecting the products to real life conditions like the dishwasher or microwave, that percentage rose to over 95%.”
“The team concentrated on BPA-free baby bottles and water bottles, Bittner says, “and all of them released chemicals having estrogenic activity.” Sometimes the BPA-free products had even more activity than products known to contain BPA.”
So how might you protect yourself against the toxic effects of BPA?
Limit your use of plastic. Try replacing plastic containers with glass.
If you do use plastic – keep it away from heat; that includes putting it in the microwave, the dishwasher, or leaving it in your car, and avoid using it to hold acidic liquids.
In today’s world, we are bombarded with toxins every day. It is important to limit your exposure as much as possible so that your body isn’t completely overwhelmed.
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