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Posted @ 6/11/2012 11:33 AM By Terri Wiebold
Now is the time of year when the temperatures rise outside, and we need to drink more fluids to stay hydrated. It is important to take water with you when you exercise or take part in outdoor activities this summer, but you also need to beware of the dangers plastic water bottles pose.
Biphenol A, commonly known as BPA, is a chemical that is used in soft plastics. BPA can be found in reusable food containers, water bottles, food can linings, water pipes, and dental sealants. This chemical is man-made, but it mimics the body’s natural hormones, and it can alter the function of the endocrine system. Exposure to this chemical has been shown to affect reproduction and brain development. Researchers have also found that high BPA concentrations are associated with an increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, angina, and diabetes. Liver damage has also been indicated in people with high BPA levels.
What choices do you have in choosing a safe water bottle
1) Don’t purchase bottled water.
2) Use filtered water in a safe, reusable bottle.
3) When purchasing a water bottle, read the label to see if it contains BPA.
4) Stainless Steel bottles and bottles labeled BPA free are the safest products (glass bottles are also safe, but they are heavy and fragile).
Scheel’s has BPA free plastic water bottles.
If you’re concerned about the amount of BPA exposure you have experienced, make an appointment with me to discuss your options.
Posted @ 4/4/2011 11:55 AM By Terri Wiebold
It is our responsibility to provide a healthy environment for our children, and this begins before birth. A pregnant woman is the first environment of her child.
The Environmental Working Group study of 2005 tested the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborns. The study found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in the blood. Of the 287 chemicals tested, 180 are known to cause cancer in humans or animals, and 217 are toxic to the human brain and nervous system.
Several of the chemicals found in the cord blood are toxins we are familiar with, including:
(For more information on these chemicals, see my blog posts from this past November and February.)
Pregnant mothers and their babies need DHA, found in fish oil. DHA is important for proper brain development of the babies. Many women follow the government guidelines and eat 3 oz of fish four times a week. Unfortunately, women often choose canned fish. Almost all cans are lined with BPA, which seeps into the food. We are just beginning to see cans that state they are BPA free.
Pregnant women must choose their source of DHA from a high quality fish oil supplement. They should not choose fish from a can or fish from the ocean (they often have high concentrations of mercury or other toxins). Knowing the supplement brand and the source of the fish oil (the kind of fish it comes from) is highly recommended. I can help you find the best fish oil for you!
News Update! A follow-up to the February 21st blog post, “Spring Cleaning: Wash Your Hands of BPA”...
New Pioneer Coop now uses BPA-free receipt paper in their cash registers. Let’s suggest that other retailers do the same!
Posted @ 2/21/2011 1:35 PM By Terri Wiebold
I am often asked, “Where could I be exposed to environmental chemicals? I eat a very clean diet.” The truth is that we are all exposed to environmental toxins on a daily basis.
Researches from the U.S. non-profit groups Safer Chemicals, Safer Families and the Washington Toxics Coalition have reported finding high levels of Bisphenol A (BPA) on cash register receipts and paper money. BPA is found in a powdery film in thermal paper used for receipts, which is then transferred from our fingers onto dollar bills. Holding receipts for just 10 seconds causes up to 2.5 micrograms of BPA to transfer onto our fingers. 15 times that amount of BPA is transferred to our hands by rubbing the receipts!
Low levels of BPA have been linked to breast cancer, obesity, and early onset of puberty.
BPA is also found in water jugs, soft drink cans, hockey helmets, mobile phone housings, computers, and many more common objects. The health hazards vary from product to product.
We don’t live in a sterile environment, and we cannot protect ourselves from all the potential hazards. We can, however, wash our hands frequently. Hand washing is effective in avoiding colds and flu viruses, and it also washes away toxins like BPA.
We can also eat a whole foods diet with organic and local products. A clean diet will help us avoid undue exposure to toxins and reduce the accumulation of these toxins in our tissues.
A detoxification program done periodically will help remove toxins from our bodies and will reduce the levels of toxins we cannot avoid. Spring is an excellent time to do spring cleaning in our homes and our bodies. Talk to me about starting a complete and easy detoxification program.