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  1. BPA in everything

    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.)

  2. TSA refuses new study on airport scanners

    It's outright insane if you stop to think about it: In order to "protect" air passengers, the U.S. government is blasting them all with dangerous levels of radiation from full-body X-ray scanners.

    Not exactly how I like my "protection" -- especially since the feds won't provide any honest-to-goodness safety data on these machines.

    It seemed like we were finally getting somewhere earlier this year when the TSA told Sen. Susan Collins it would authorize an independent safety study. You'd think they would have done that before they installed these machines at every airport -- but better late than never, right?

    Well, it might be "never" after all -- because TSA administrator John Pistole recently told Congress that the study is off.

    The question has to be asked: What are they so afraid of?

    I think it's pretty obvious: Radiation exposure -- even the small amounts used in these machines -- can cause DNA damage and cellular changes. Over time, that can lead to cancer.

    These machines use backscatter radiation, which goes beneath the clothes and concentrates on the skin itself -- so TSA agents can view a "naked" picture of you and see what you might be hiding without having to look at your bones, liver, guts, etc.

    But since that radiation focuses on the skin, it can build up there and boost the risk of skin cancers, especially among those most often exposed, like regular air travelers.

    And who knows what kind of risks these machines will pose to pregnant women, children, and infants.

    One expert says he thinks X-ray scanners will cause 100 cancer cases each year -- and while that may sound like a small number, why put even a single life on the line in the name of security?

    Even if you agree that the government should get a look at everyone's naked body before boarding an airplane -- and I don't -- there are machines that can do it without using a drop of radiation.

    The feds even have the machines, and are using them in some airports -- but they insist on using the X-ray machines right along with them.

    Even Europe has said they'll only use the radiation-free machines -- and they've actually banned the X-ray scanners from their airports until they see some actual scientific data proving they're safe.

    I hope they're not holding their breath.

  3. Shine a light on seasonal depression

    Your skin isn't the only part of your body that needs a regular dose of sunlight -- your brain thrives on the stuff, too.
  4. Step into the sun

    Despite what you've heard, the only protection from the sun your skin really needs is a little common sense.
  5. Wrinkles linked to bone loss

    What's on your skin might offer real clues about what lies beneath: Researchers say women with more wrinkles have less bone.
  6. Straighten out your wrinkles with these natural cures

    Free radicals hurt more than just your heart and eyes. They can also do a lot of damage to your skin.

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