The 14 Best Ways to Avoid BPAs

Baby-Bottle-BPA-Free       The 14 Best Ways to Avoid BPAs.

By now, we all know that BPAs (Bisephenol A) are bad.  Unfortunately, because it is a chemical used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, avoiding it can be difficult.  According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the NIH:

The primary source of exposure to BPA for most people is through the diet. While air, dust, and water are other possible sources of exposure, BPA in food and beverages accounts for the majority of daily human exposure.

Bisphenol A can leach into food from the protective internal epoxy resin coatings of canned foods and from consumer products such as polycarbonate tableware, food storage containers, water bottles, and baby bottles. The degree to which BPA leaches from polycarbonate bottles into liquid may depend more on the temperature of the liquid or bottle, than the age of the container. BPA can also be found in breast milk.

How widespread is the problem?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found detectable levels of BPA in 93% of 2517 urine samples from people six years and older.[1]

So what can you do about it?  How can you limit your exposure to BPAs in our disposable, convenience-oriented world?

  1. Don’t microwave polycarbonate plastic food containers. Polycarbonate is strong and durable, but over time it may break down from over use at high temperatures.
  2. Choose the safer plastic container by the recycle codes on the bottom.  Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.  #2, #4, and #5 are better.
  3. Swap plastic wrap for parchment paper, glass jars, or beeswax cotton wraps.
  4. Reduce your use of canned foods.  Even so-called BPA free cans may contain BPS (another estrogen mimic) or PET film (which may contain DEHA).[2]
  5. Swap kitchen plastic for glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids.
  6. Use baby bottles that are BPA freeIn July 2012, the FDA issued a regulation stating that there is to be no BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. 
  7. Keep plastic out of the freezer, microwave and dishwasher. “BPA and Phthalates leach from plastics at a higher rate in hot or cold temperatures.”[3]
  8. Choose BPA free coffee by using glass or stainless steel kettles, pots or percolators.
  9. Bring your own mug to the coffee shop. Paper cups are often lined with plastic.
  10. Choose glass soft drink bottles (if you have to drink soft drinks). Aluminum cans are lined with BPA.
  11. Breastfeed (or use powdered baby formula).“BPA transfers through breast milk, so protecting you also protects baby.  More BPA leaches into liquid than powdered formula.”
  12. Choose electronic receipts and tickets.[4] Thermal paper, including receipts and movie/airline tickets contain BPAs. The BPAs then transfer to your finger and can leach into new paper products including your toilet paper.  It’s a better choice for the environment too!
  13. Choose wood and cloth toys. They are an excellent toxin-free alternative to plastics and the cloth ones can be thrown in the laundry!
  14. Talk to your dentist. Some dental products contain BPA.

 The bottom line is that we probably cannot avoid BPAs altogether but the risks associated with BPA ingestion are serious enough that it’s not a bad idea to try to at least limit our exposure.[5]

Caroline Boardman
March 8, 2015

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
www.balancingyourchemistry.com

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/BisphenolA_FactSheet
[2] http://www.medicinenet.com/plastic/page2.htm
[3] http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2013/05/12-ways-to-avoid-hidden-bpa/
[4] http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/03/the-health-risk-of-bpa-in-receipts/index.htm
[5] Childhood asthma – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22353195;  endocrine system disruption (World Health Organization), effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses and children (FDA and National Toxicology Program), possible alteration to human development (NTP) – http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=69; effects the immune, cardiovascular system, nervous and reproductive systems – http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2010/01/expert-q-a-toxicologist-linda-birnbaum-on-bpa/index.htm

14 Things You Didn’t Know About the Dangers of Soft Drinks

Say No to Soft Drinks14 Things You Didn’t Know About the Dangers of Soft Drinks

Did you know that the percentage of people who drink soft drinks has decreased by 20% since 2008?[1]  There is a reason for that – people today are educating themselves and taking an active role in their health.   We all know that the sugar, the artificial sweetener, the acidity and the caffeine are harmful.  If these facts alone did not convince you to join the 20% that have already dropped soft drinks from their daily diet, I’m guessing the following facts will.

  • High fructose corn syrup or “corn sugar.” Read Dr. Mark Hyman’s blog[2] to find out more about the dangers of HFCS.
  • Soft drinks derive most of its calories from cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup. The USDA recommended daily allotment of added sugars is 10 teaspoons for a 2,000 calorie diet. One soft drink can exceed this allotment.
  • Soft drinks may contain food additives such as food coloring, artificial flavoring, and preservatives. Some contain bromide, which is toxic and carcinogenic in some cases.
  • A large number of soft drinks are highly acidic, some having a pH of 3 or even lower. Drinking acidic soft drinks over a period can erode the tooth enamel.
  • Soda with caffeine can disrupt children’s sleep and leave them tired during the day.
  • Phosphoric acid. Soft drinks have phosphoric acid, which can displace calcium from the bones dramatically lowering bone density.
  • Type 2 diabetes. People who consume soft drinks regularly, 1 to 2 cans a day or more, have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely have such drinks.
  • Heart Attack. A study that followed 40,000 men for two decades found that those who averaged one can of a sugary beverage per day had a 20% higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed these drinks.
  • The Nurses’ Health Study,[3] which tracked the health of nearly 90,000 women over two decades, found that women who drank more than two servings of soft drinks each day had a 40% higher risk of heart attacks or death from heart disease than women who rarely drank the soft drinks.
  • Less Water. Soft drinks do not replace the amount of water you should drink every day (about ½ your body weight in ounces).  Unless you want to spend the day in the bathroom, you can’t really drink both.

Some of us convince ourselves that diet soft drinks are safe.  No such luck!

  • Artificial sweeteners do not help people lose weight or prevent sugar-related diseases like metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.
  • There is an association between diet soda and depression. In a study[4] of 263,925 adults aged 51-70, people who drank the diet soda were 30% more likely to be diagnosed with depression over a period of 10 years. The link to depression was stronger for diet soft drinks than regular soft drinks.
  • Pre-term Delivery. Diet soft drinks are also associated with pre-term delivery. In a study[5] of 59,334 pregnant women in Denmark, 1 serving per day of a diet soft drink relates to a 38% increased risk of pre-term delivery. 4 servings per day increased the risk by 78%.
  • Type 2 Diabetes. Diet soft drinks have also been shown to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. A study[6] of 6,814 people aged 45-85 years demonstrated that daily consumption of diet soft drinks relates to a 67% increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

O.k., o.k., I get it – soft drinks are bad (even diet ones) but what should I drink instead?   First, an occasional soft drink is fine, but you might want to limit yours or your child’s daily consumption and replace it with these alternatives:

  • Pure filtered water (add lemon for extra taste)
  • Juiced produce.
  • Fresh squeezed juice – watch for the amount of added sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
  • Almond milk, coconut milk, or rice milk (unsweetened).

Eliminating soft drinks from your diet is a simple step you can take today to take back control of your health, or your child’s health.

Be Healthy,

Dr. David Starkey D.C.

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
www.balancingyourchemistry.com

[1] http://abcnews.go.com/Business/soda-losing-grip-america/story?id=23151625
[2]  http://drhyman.com/blog/2011/05/13/5-reasons-high-fructose-corn-syrup-will-kill-you/#close
[3] http://www.channing.harvard.edu/nhs/
[4] http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/01/09/nih-study-links-soda-with-depression
[5] http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/07/23/us-diet-soda-idUSTRE66M4AF20100723
[6] http://english.inserm.fr/press-area/diet-drinks-associated-with-increased-risk-of-type-ii-diabetes

10 Amazing and Healthy Food Alternatives to Try Right Now!

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10 Amazing and Healthy Food Alternatives to Try Right Now!

Small changes really do make a big difference!  By substituting some of the foods you normally eat for these alternatives, you can significantly reduce the amount of calories, fat, vitamins and toxins that you consume every day.  Whether you are trying to shed a few pounds or for health reasons these are a few of my favorite things.  Let 2015 be the year to educate yourself and take simple steps towards a healthier you!

Coffee vs. Herbal Teas

Benefits of Herbal Teas:

  • Risk of heart attack can be reduced by drinking 3-4 cups of tea per day
  • Herbal tea can slow the progression of Type 1 diabetes
  • Coffee dehydrates while herbal teas hydrate

Bagels vs. Bananas

Benefits of Bananas:

  • Full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins
  • Helps with bowel movements

Cow’s Milk vs. Almond Milk

Benefits of Almond Milk:

  • Healthy alternative to Lactose intolerance
  • Excellent source of Vitamin A and D
  • Strengthens the Immune System

White Rice vs. Brown Rice

                Benefits of Brown Rice:

  • Has been linked to lowered risk of Diabetes and weight loss
  • Contains 5 times the fiber
  • High in Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids

Canola Oil/Vegetable Oil vs. Coconut Oil/Grapeseed Oil

Benefits of Coconut/Grape seed Oil:

  • Composed of natural saturated fats which are least inflammatory to your body
  • Contain very little polyunsaturates.

Peanut Butter vs. Almond/Cashew Butter

Benefits of Almond/Cashew Butter:

  • Better for your Cholesterol
  • 26% more vitamin E
  • 3% more Iron
  • 7% more Calcium

White/Wheat Bread vs. Whole Grain

Benefits of Whole Grain Bread

  • Fewer calories
  • Increased macronutrients and fiber
  • Better source of selenium and manganese

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

Benefits of Tap Water:

  • Bottled water in the USA costs between $0.25 and $2.00 per bottle
  • Tap water cost less than 0.01
  • Could save 1.5 million tons of plastic waste a year
  • No BPA

Sugar vs. Cane Sugar/ Coconut Sugar

Benefits of Cane/Coconut Sugar:

  • For those suffering from diabetes can prevent spikes in blood sugars
  • Provides nutritional value in the form of amino acids and minerals.

Soda vs. infused Seltzers

Benefits of Infused Seltzers:

  • Fewer Calories
  • No Caffeine
  • Thirst-quencher

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily.  The Secret of your success is found in your daily routine” – John C Maxwell

I challenge you to make a change to your daily routine!

BY: JOY D. VALE

February 12, 2015

For more information, go to www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Just the DNA PleaseFunctional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road,Suite 100, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330)644-5488
Independence: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd.,Suite 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216)236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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