You might want to cancel the newspaper subscription.
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.
Your daily newspaper might be loaded with it -- and just one touch is all it takes to get exposed through your skin (and I don't even want to think about the dangers to people who lick their fingers before turning each page).
Here's the problem: I've told you before that common receipts -- store receipts, ATM receipts and more -- are loaded with BPA because of the thermal ink.
As it turns out, people dump those same receipts into their recycling bins -- and while the receipts are no longer receipts once they're recycled, the BPA is still BPA.
Now, researchers say they've found high levels of BPA in nearly everything made from recycled paper -- including newspapers and train tickets, which had up to a million times the levels of what you'd find in food from a BPA-laced container.
Like I said, definitely don't lick your finger before turning the page -- but you don't have to put these things in your mouth to be exposed. Studies have shown that BPA can be absorbed through the skin -- and in some cases, it can't even be washed off.
Along with train tickets and newspapers, the researchers also found BPA in some of the most commonly used recycled paper products: napkins, food wrappers -- even toilet paper!
But it doesn't matter where your exposure comes from or how you get it -- the key is avoiding it. BPA has been linked to a host of diseases and illnesses, and along with diabetes and sexual dysfunction, recent studies have linked BPA to early menopause, obesity, heart disease, and developmental problems.
Luckily, it's pretty easy to bring your levels down -- just commit to a diet of fresh foods. One study found that fresh organic foods can slash your BPA levels by 60 percent over three days. (Read about it here.)