1. Plastics free of BPA are more dangerous than claimed

    Your ‘BPA-free’ plastics have hidden toxins

    It was the biggest boom in the plastics industry in ages.

    After a series of reports about the very real hormone-disrupting dangers of bisphenol-A (BPA), everyone dashed out to Target and Walmart to replace their plastic containers, dishes, and bottles with new (and more expensive) BPA-free alternatives.

    Not me.

    I took a different approach.

    Sure, it cost more – just a little more – but as you’ll see in a moment, it was worth every penny.

    Everyone else may have gotten gypped… and that includes you if you bought those BPA-free plastics… as new research exposes the ugly truth about them.

    They might be free of BPA, but they’re NOT free of RISK!

    Many are made with OTHER bisphenols -- and the new studies show that they can be just as bad.

    In one entirely accidental discovery, researchers testing BPA on mice found both groups – the ones given the chemical and the ones that weren’t – suffered from reproductive problems.

    The reason? The “BPA-free” mice were put in a cage that didn’t contain BPA… but had been made with bisphenol-S (a.k.a. BPS).

    That’s the SAME chemical in many BPA-free plastics used by humans. And it was leeching out and having the SAME effects on the mice as the BPA!

    These were rodents -- not humans -- but this isn’t an isolated incident.

    In a study on BPA-free bottles done a few years ago, three-quarters STILL leaked out synthetic estrogens.

    That means that they could have the same effect on your body as BPA, which has been linked to obesity, cancer, reproductive problems, and more.

    Plastic containers and water bottles aren’t the only sources of exposure to BPA and BPA-like chemicals. They can be in many types of processed foods, especially canned and bagged goods.

    You can also pick them up from other sources, such as store receipts, which are coated with a chemical layer that includes BPA.

    In many ways, this stuff is worse than bottles and cans, as it quickly transfers from the paper onto your skin and into your body.

    But there IS a way to cut your risk.

    Instead of switching to those “better” and “safer” plastics that we now know are JUST AS BAD, spend a little more money on your food and drink storage containers.

    Use glass and stainless steel.

    One study a few years back found that switching to glass and stainless steel items cut BPA levels in the body by 60 percent in just three days.

    Levels of DHEP, another dangerous hormone-disrupting chemical, plunged by 50 percent.

    So yes, you’ll pay a little more. But you’ll get a much bigger benefit – and since glass and stainless steel last longer, it’s a much better long-term investment.

    Oh, and when you buy them… you might want to tell the clerk to keep the receipt!

  2. BPA found in common foods

    How to avoid chemicals in canned foods

    When it comes to what you eat and what you feed your family, it's time to put an end to the old "can do" attitude.

    When it comes to cans... DON'T!

    While canned foods make dinner prep a little easier, that convenience comes with a price: your health.

    Canned goods are a top source of a dangerous hormone-like chemical called bisphenol-A, or BPA, which has been linked to obesity, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, cancer, and more.

    Who knows, maybe it'll put hair where you don't want it and give you an extra eyeball, too. It's just that bad.

    Now, the latest research shows which foods suck up the most BPA from the can -- and if you're the type that likes to nuke a quick can of soup for lunch, I've got some bad news for you today.

    Canned soups and pastas are the worst of the lot, with the highest levels of BPA of all, according to the study in the journal Environmental Research.

    Canned veggies and fruits contain somewhat lower levels of BPA, although that doesn't make them safe. There's really no safe amount of this chemical.

    A few canned items contain little to no BPA, including soft drinks, meats, and fish... but don't even think about loading up on soda, SPAM, and sardines.

    In fact, don't touch them at all -- because even without BPA, canned goods are often a source of chemical preservatives, coloring agents, sweeteners, and more.

    Cans aren't the only source of BPA. While glass jars are often assumed safe, the chemical is often used in the lining of the lid.

    It's also found in other forms of packaged foods.

    And, of course, even fresh foods can end up laced with BPA if you dump them into a plastic "microwave-safe" container to cook them -- because those dishes often contain any number of dangerous chemicals, including BPA.

    Fortunately, there is a simple way to not only minimize your exposure from food but chase out what's in your body quickly and effectively: go organic.

    Eat fresh organic foods and meats, and your BPA levels will drop by as much as 50 percent within three days.

    You'll also minimize your exposure to other harmful chemicals.

    Make sure all your food storage containers are glass or stainless steel. Don't be fooled by "BPA-free" plastics and other materials -- because while that may be true, they can contain another bisphenol.

    It's called bisphenol-S, or BPS, and a study earlier this year found it mimics estrogen and thyroid hormone much like the BPA you're trying to avoid.

    Learn more in this free report from my House Calls archives.

  3. BPA-free containers could be just as risky

    BPA-free packages and bottles are supposed to be safer, but the chemical that replaced it may be just as bad.
  4. Inside new autism statistics

    New numbers show a 30 percent jump in autism cases in just two years, affecting 1 in 68 8-year-olds.
  5. Bisphenol A can induce migraines

    BPA, a hormone-like chemical used in plastic, can trigger migraines, according to the latest research.
  6. Packaged food increases disease risk in children

    Common chemicals used in food packaging can increase the risk of obesity and diabetes in children, according to new research.
  7. BPA disrupts brain development

    BPA, a chemical used in plastics, can damage brains during a critical phase of development.
  8. Phthalates found in organic foods

    Even switching to a diet of all organic foods can expose you to high levels of hormone-like chemicals such as BPA and phthalates.
  9. Is BPA-free really BPA-free?

    BPS, a common substitute for BPA, may be just as bad, according to new research.
  10. Saturated fats kill sperm

    Saturated fats -- the unhealthiest of the fats found in meat and junk food -- can cause sperm counts to plunge by 41 percent.
  11. New risks linked to common chemicals

    Chemicals such as BPA and triclosan are everywhere -- but they're both dangerous, and new research identifies even more risks.
  12. The caramel color in sodas may be carcinogenic

    A key ingredient, caramel color, used in many colas and other soft drinks can increase your risk of cancer.
  13. Behind the new autism numbers

    In the two decades since I opened my practice, I've seen a dramatic rise in the number of families with autistic children. I'm not the only one.
  14. FDA refuses to take action on BPA

    If the FDA can't see why it's a bad idea to feed everyone -- even babies -- chemical versions of hormones, then they should get out of regulation business altogether.
  15. BPA in new disease link

    One of the worst things in your food and drink isn't an ingredient at all -- not in the usual sense, anyway. It's a hormone-like chemical used in the packaging.
  16. Diet soda in new health scare

    Let's face it: There's nothing "diet" about diet soda. It won't make you healthier and it won't even help you to lose weight -- and that's been proven.
  17. BPA in everything

    By now, you've heard of bisphenol-A -- the dangerous estrogen-like chemical used in plastics and can linings that's been linked to diabetes, sexual dysfunction and more. But eating packaged and canned goods isn't the only way to get exposed to this junk and boost your risk.
  18. Plastics chemicals linked to developmental problems

    It's easy to protect your children from what you can see -- but it's a much bigger challenge to keep them safe from what you can't.
  19. Diet soda linked to weight gain

    If the FDA won't go after diet sodas for all the dangerous chemicals they contain, maybe the FTC can take action for false advertising. There's nothing "diet" about diet sodas. After all, studies have linked them to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart problems, and more.
  20. BPA linked to infant illness

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    Researchers wrote in Environmental Health Perspectives that the baby was normal at birth, but a month later was found to be suffering from tremors, abnormal movements and increased muscle tone.

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