Removing cancer-causing chemicals from where they could harm you is a good thing. Replacing them with other cancer-causing chemicals isn’t. But that’s exactly what appears to have happened.
And there’s a very good chance it affects you and your family, because you probably come into contact with these chemicals every day.
The chemicals are bisphenols. One form – BPA – has been used in plastic products for years. Including water bottles, baby bottles, and lots of food packaging products.
But BPA is an endocrine disruptor. Which means it messes with your hormones. And it’s linked to a higher risk of cancer. Something we’ve known for years.
The good news is they’ve taken BPA out of baby bottles… and it’s slowly phasing out from other products, too.
Now for the bad news…
The phase-out is moving very slowly. And the chemicals replacing BPA may be just as bad. Or even worse.
Use First, Prove Later
We’ve seen this scenario before. It was the 1980s, and consumer advocates were out to save us from saturated fat. So they lobbied and lobbied… and got “tropical oils” pulled out of many food products.
Tropical oils – like coconut oil – are saturated fats. But they don’t act like animal fat… because they have a different structure. It turns out these medium-chain triglycerides may actually be good for you.
While the replacement the consumer advocates called for wasn’t. You see, in most foods, they replaced tropical oils with trans-fats.
So, what are the replacements for BPA? Other bisphenols. And some studies say they’re even worse than BPA.
Now, you may have heard that these replacements are safe. Because there’s been a lot of coverage of a recent University of Iowa study. But that study only found BPF and BPS – the two most common replacement bisphenols – don’t appear to trigger obesity. Which BPA can.
But, as this study’s authors point out, “little is known on the potential impact of BPF and BPS exposure in humans.”
In other words, we’ve rushed in replacements for a poison that we’re not sure aren’t also poisons.
Guess what? They are.
The Evidence Mounts… And It Ain’t Pretty
In 2015, a team of French scientists tested BPF and BPS on mice and human tissue. They found that even tiny amounts affected testosterone production. These chemicals also affected Insl3 – a protein linked to insulin.
In fact, this study found BPF was even worse than the BPA it’s replacing!
A 2015 review of studies by the Endocrine Disruption Exchange found BPF and BPS are “as hormonally active as BPA, and they have endocrine-disrupting effects.”
In February 2017, Japanese researchers reported on an animal study of BPF. They compared the effects of BPA and BPF on the offspring of mothers exposed to either chemical during pregnancy.
BPF had a worse effect than BPA… suggesting we’re going from the frying pan into the fire.
A June 2017 study in Pediatric Research linked BPS to higher insulin resistance and antioxidant stress in children. Kids exposed to the chemical were also more likely to suffer kidney and blood vessel damage.
The good news comes from a new international study that found BPF and BPS are somewhat less estrogenic than BPA. But they have clear estrogenic effects. Which is one of BPA’s big links to cancer.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
The first lesson here is that “BPA-free” doesn’t mean “safe.” At best, it may mean a product is somewhat safer than one with BPA… but only in certain ways.
Your best and safest course of action is to avoid prepackaged foods as much as possible. Choose fresh vegetables – ideally from an organic farm. If you must buy packaged foods, look for options in glass jars or bottles. The lids may contain bisphenols, but you’ll cut your overall exposure.
Don’t buy bottled water. Installing a filtration system in your kitchen will save you money in the long run. Besides, using a filter system works out to pennies for a gallon of clear, clean water.
Buy a stainless steel (double-walled) water bottle. Make it a habit to bring it with you any time you might buy a bottle of water. Fill it at home with your filtered tap water, and it will pay for itself in just weeks.
Plus, a double-walled stainless steel bottle will keep your drink cold for hours. I throw in a couple of ice cubes, and my morning water is still cold at lunchtime… even living here in southern Florida.
They may be heavy and breakable, but glass baby bottles are the way to go. They worked fine for many generations before you… and they’re much better for your baby’s (or grandbaby’s) health.
Here’s the bottom line: Avoiding bisphenols will lead you to eat a healthier diet and save you money in the long run. So you win no matter how you look at it.
Especially if it means you dodge the cancer bullet.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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