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Bisphenol A (BPA) - How Dangerous is it?

Food Myth of the Month
A Calcium-Rich Diet is the Key to Prevent Osteoporosis

Protect Yourself From Sunburn
with Astaxanthin

BPA — How Dangerous is it?

You've probably seen reports about a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA) that's used in many plastic bottles and in the lining of aluminum cans. BPA is being investigated for being linked to health problems including breast cancer, early puberty, hormone trouble, low sperm count, depression and IQ reduction. Now they're finding it's causing reproductive problems in lab animals as well.

BPA has been found in the blood of over 90 percent of the US population. The FDA has declared this chemical safe, even for babies. But is it, really?

Why Do Manufacturers of Food Products Use BPA? BPA is the key compound in epoxy resin linings that keep food fresher longer and prevents it from interacting with metal and altering the taste. Thousands of companies, such as Campbell Soup and Coca-Cola, use it to line their cans. Without it, food would perish much faster.

The Washington Post reported in April that "Despite more than 100 published studies by government scientists and university laboratories that have raised health concerns about a chemical compound that is central to the multibillion-dollar plastics industry, the Food and Drug Administration has deemed it safe largely because of two studies, both funded by an industry trade group."

Some of the responses on the FDA report from top scientists:

"The FDA's assessment relies on just two studies which were funded by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). This ignores dozens of other studies done by independent scientists which have found evidence of health consequences." — Dr. Sarah Janssen, a physician and scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

"The chemical industry's efforts to hide or misrepresent the hazards of its product have been so blatant that Congress has felt the need to intervene." — Dr. Jennifer Sass, a scientist with NRDC.

"Since the regulators are asleep at the wheel, I've introduced legislation to ban BPA in all food and beverage containers, and will continue to work to ensure that it is enacted into law."— Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-MA)

"There is clear, credible evidence in the growing number of scientific studies that link bisphenol A to the very health effects we see on the rise today." — Christopher Gavigan, executive director of Healthy Child, Healthy World.

Read the full story and find links to other articles on the dangers of BPA here:

FDA Says BPA Is Safe For Babies

You can download a free copy of a special 20-page report on BPA here:

No Silver Lining — Bisphenol A in Canned Foods

Eliminating BPA

Although all of the evidence is not in, it makes sense to eliminate as much BPA from your food as possible — it's not that hard to do. The simplest way to avoid BPA is not to eat processed foods that come in cans, and avoid plastic containers as much as possible.

In addition, here are some other tips:

  • Never put hot liquids into plastic containers; the heat causes the BPA to be released much more readily.
  • Use glass bottles or look for cans and bottles that say "BPA-Free."
  • Buy soups and milks packaged in cardboard (as opposed to plastic or cans).
  • Investigate your winemaker. Wines that ferment in vats lined with epoxy resin can contain six times the BPA of canned food.

Food Myth of the Month

A Calcium-Rich Diet
is the Key to Preventing Osteoporosis

For years doctors have been recommending dietary calcium as the best way to ward off osteoporosis. However, many studies cast doubt on this idea. For example, a 2003 Harvard study concluded that neither milk nor a high-calcium diet appears to reduce (fracture) risk. A more recent Harvard study, this one from 2007, also found no association between total calcium intake and hip fracture risk.

Fact: The key to preventing osteoporosis is eating a low-acid diet, according to Dr. Christiane Northrup, bestselling author. Eating a diet high in animal protein, grains, and high-glycemic foods (refined carbs) makes blood more acidic. Your body then tries to balance or neutralize the acidity by leaching some of the calcium compounds stored in bone. Eventually, this is what causes osteoporosis.

It takes three servings of fruits and vegetables (which are alkaline) to neutralize the acid in just one serving of animal food, and two servings of fruits and vegetables to neutralize the acid in one serving of grain. Consuming dairy foods does add back calcium, but calcium from animal sources like dairy is highly acidic, so it's like taking one step forward and two steps back.

The bottom line: For healthy, strong bones, your blood needs to maintain a slightly alkaline pH level, which you can achieve by eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables for every one serving of red meat, chicken or fish.

Read the full article to discover how to create a diet plan for healthy bones:

A Diet That Protects Against Osteoporosis

Are You Sensitive to the Sun?

Protect Yourself From Sunburn —
From the Inside Out — with Astaxanthin

With summer now here, protection from the sun's burning rays becomes important, especially if you have fair skin that burns quickly. That's where an antioxidant supplement called astaxanthin comes in handy.

What the Heck is Astaxanthin? Astaxanthin (pronounced asta-ZAN-thin) is one of a group of natural pigments known as carotenoids. Carotenoids are produced by both plants and animals as part of their survival mechanisms. In plants, carotenoids act as a natural sunscreen, protecting them from ultraviolet light from the sun using the carotenoid's natural antioxidant properties. By taking astaxanthin supplements daily, you can receive the same benefits for yourself!

Many users
of astaxanthin supplements
report that they are able to spend
significantly more time out in the sun without
burning than they were able to before.

This is due to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties that astaxanthin has (a sunburn is essentially an inflammation of your skin).

One of the most frequently-reported additional benefit of astaxanthin is an improvement in skin quality. There is evidence that astaxanthin not only prevents UV sun damage, but may actually help to reverse signs of aging, from the inside out. Several cosmetic manufacturers are now using astaxanthin as a primary active ingredient in their facial and skin care products.

Find out more about this incredible supplement at Astaxanthin Benefits

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