The Ubiquitous Toxin that is in 93% of Us
Recently I was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at an Environmental Medicine Conference on the East Coast. I wanted to share with you one of the top topics I presented and also why and how to get it out of your life.
The topic was Bisphenol A or BPA. BPA has been shown to be an endocrine disruptor (it messes up your hormones), reproductive toxin, have neurodevelopmental effects, and epigenetic effects including an increased risk of breast and prostate malignancies. BPA has also been shown to be a trigger for autoimmune diseases, a category of chronic diseases that has seen a tremendous increase over the last few decades.
Are you a MAN? BPA has been associated with lowered testosterone levels. Men’s testosterone levels have taken a huge hit in the last few decades and most adult men today have half the testosterone that their fathers had. See the article that I co-wrote with the top Environmental Medicine doctors in the country on this fact and lowered sperm counts: The Handmaid’s Tale Becomes a Reality
BPA is also one of the top obesogens in our environment- which means it is making us fat. Most people don’t realize that certain chemicals in our environment are contributing to diabetes and weight gain, but this needs to be understood as diabetes can now be considered the Black Plague of the 21st Century and people are gaining weight like never before.
In fact, one study published in the Journal of Women’s Health took two groups of women, and instructed one group in how to avoid BPA and gave them BPA-free makeup and personal care products, while the other group of women functioned as controls.
In ONLY 3 WEEKS the intervention group not only dropped their levels of BPA significantly, but also lost a significant amount of weight. The control group of women actually gained weight. The weight loss aspect was an unanticipated side effect of avoiding BPA! And they did not know my secret method of avoiding BPA, which I will share with you in a bit.
BPA is a high throughput chemical and 6 billion pounds of it are produced globally each year. It is found primarily in canned foods and drinks (even those healthfully promoted LaCroix waters and Zevia sodas), food storage materials, in your make-up and skin care products, thermal receipts, hard plastic containers like water bottles, and now it even being found in bottled water and the fish you are eating.
In fact, YOUR ENTIRE MAKE-UP BAG and ALL OF YOUR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS are also potentially messing up your hormones and contributing to weight gain, diabetes, fatigue, autoimmune conditions, thyroid disease like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and cancer. This is one of my big WHY’s for what I do, the products that I offer, and the message I am bringing to the world.
And now my big tip that I have presented on 4 live stages this year so far.
Thermal receipts are one of the largest and most overlooked sources of BPA to which you are exposed. The BPA that is embedded in the receipt is not bonded to the paper and comes off easily onto your fingers where it is absorbed into your body. And if your fingers are wet you absorb 10x more, if hand sanitizer was used, then 100x more BPA will be absorbed.
Stop accepting thermal receipts at the grocery store, gas pump, restaurants, post office and more. Have them emailed to you or just don’t get them.
Ladies, empty out your purse and wipe down the inside completely with a hot wet rag. When we paw through our purse to get something we are inadvertently picking up a lot of BPA because it is ALL OVER due to the thermal receipts floating around spreading the BPA love. Wipe down your wallet and also any other hard items in your purse. Put a cloth bag or ziploc bag in your purse to now collect any receipts that you really need to keep.
Some retailers are proud to say their thermal receipts are now BPA free. However, these receipts use BPS instead which is just as bad or even worse than BPA.
Also, replace your hard polycarbonate water bottles with glass or stainless steel, and replace your food storage containers with glass.
With respect to your make-up and personal care products, seek out products that are NOT packaged in plastic. I know that is hard to do, but this is exactly the reason why I package my YOUTH SERUM in a dark-colored GLASS bottle! I don’t want any chemicals like BPA or phthalates, another obesogen and diabesogen, to be applied to my customers’ beautiful facial skin. And it makes a difference!
Remember- you are completely in charge of the toxins applied to your skin or ingested. Become empowered to make the better choices for your own health and the health of your family.
Are you wondering how toxic you are? Or struggling with chronic health issues or weight that just won’t come off? I test for nearly 200 different environmental chemicals that your doctor doesn’t even know about and perform an extensive environmental intake.
Signs you may need a detoxification protocol include:
To schedule an appointment at my Corona del Mar office call my receptionist at 949-891-1693.
To your glowing health,
Dr. Anne Marie