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Dr. David Brownstein, M.D
Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: limiting exposure to phthalates and BPA | food packaging chemicals | chemicals in plastics | hormone-sensitive cancers | breast cancer | uterine cancer | prostate cancer

Limiting BPA Exposure

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:26 AM EDT

Question: How can I minimize my exposure to phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA), the chemicals in plastics?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Researchers studied 1,346 adults and 329 adolescents who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2007-2008 to measure the subjects’ exposure to phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA).

Among the adults, there was an inverse relationship between phthalates (a chemical compound found in plastics) and thyroid hormone levels. In other words, the higher the phthalate level the lower the thyroid hormone levels (both T3 and T4).

Higher levels of BPA (an organic compound that has weak, hormone-like properties) were also associated with lower hormone levels (T4 and thyroid stimulating hormone).

The authors concluded: “These results support previous reports of associations between phthalates — and possibly BPA — and altered thyroid hormone levels.”

Phthalates and BPA are found in plastic bottles and other food packaging; these chemicals affect the majority of Americans. Studies have correlated exposure to thyroid dysfunction, abnormal brain development, and weight gain.

In addition to causing thyroid illnesses, these toxic agents are probably part of the underlying cause of the epidemic of hormone-sensitive cancers such as breast, uterine, and prostate cancer.

Avoiding beverages in plastic containers can minimize exposure to BPA and phthalates. Ensuring adequate hydration and maintaining a daily exercise regimen that includes perspiration can help the body’s detoxification system excrete toxins.

© HealthDay

Exposure to phthalates and BPA, chemicals found in plastic bottles and other food packaging, can be limited by avoiding use of such containers and drinking lots of water.
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Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:26 AM
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