BPA as a Potential Obesogen in School-Age Girls

bpafreeliningA study published last week in the journal PLOS ONE has brought new attention to the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) as a potential obesogen – substance that causes obesity – in humans.

Out of 1,326 school-age children in China, girls between ages 9 and 12 with higher than average levels of BPA in their urine were twice as likely to be in the top 10th percentile for body weight. Girls with exceptionally high BPA levels were 5 times as likely to be obese. While the association was not found in older girls or school age boys, it did hold up after controlling for other factors commonly associated with obesity like diet, exercise and parental body weight.  Continue reading “BPA as a Potential Obesogen in School-Age Girls”

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Household Chemicals and Breast Cancer

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could prevent cancer instead of having to deal with it after it happens? Fran Drescher, the actress with the unique voice, has a whole campaign called Cancer Schmancer, and the great thing about her approach is that she focuses on prevention. What a concept!

Did you know that world-wide more than one million women die from breast cancer every year? Yet less than one out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer has a genetic predisposition. So what is causing breast cancer? According to a report called State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment, which summarizes more than 350 studies in breast cancer research, exposure to radiation and synthetic chemicals are possible causes. Continue reading “Household Chemicals and Breast Cancer”

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BPA and Weight Gain

A new study in the The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has found that high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in older adults are associated with increased weight and waist size, both indicators of obesity that can lead to serious illness and disease.

Researchers in China have found that adults over the age of 40 with higher levels of BPA in their urine tend to be obese, have more abdominal fat and be insulin resistant. These metabolic disorders can lead to further and more harmful health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

Americans are exposed to BPA through ingesting foods stored in plastic containers made with BPA, and BPA-lined cans, as well as through non-food sources, such as cash register receipts.

BPA exposure has also been linked to cancer, hyperlipidemia, thyroid problems and inflammation. Here are some ways to avoid BPA that have been mentioned in previous blogs. Continue reading “BPA and Weight Gain”

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BPA in Our Food

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical that has been linked to a wide array of health issues such as reproductive abnormalities, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It is used to harden plastics and line containers and is not something that I would want to ingest ever, never mind on a daily basis. I have written about this topic before and it still amazes me that BPA has not been banned. Although, many companies have taken BPA out of baby bottles, which is a small step forward, the stuff that goes into the bottles may still contain this cancer-causing chemical. A University Texas study found that Enfamil baby formula had higher levels of BPA than a can of V8 juice.

Here is a scary stat: 90% of newborns have levels of BPA in their teeny little bodies. Welcome to the world, little ones. With technological advances, there should be no reason why BPA is needed to line cans, or to be used at all, for that matter.

Read this blog from takepart.com about the foods that contain BPA.

In the meantime, breastfeed your babies if you can, and limit canned foods of all kinds.

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Diaper Bags: Go Natural

All moms know that a properly packed diaper bag can make or break your day, when you are dealing with small children and babies. A diaper bag is not just a portable changing station, but it can also be a first aid kit, a small kitchen, and a toy store. However, there are things in your diaper bag that you may not be considering. Chemicals like phthalates (the “ph” is silent) are used to make plastic flexible and stabilize fragrance, while bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make plastics hard. There are also parabens, preservatives in lotions and shampoos. All these chemicals are going straight into your baby, and while there has been a push for regulation on BPA in baby bottles and water bottles, we still need to be conscious of what we are putting in and on our babies.

Here are a few things that you can do to make your diaper bag safer and greener:

Diaper Creams:  If your little one has a diaper rash, air time is really the best medicine. Free them of their diaper for 5 or 10 minutes per day and you will notice a huge difference. Continue reading “Diaper Bags: Go Natural”

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