Bisphenol A (BPA) is ubiquitous in our society; it is in toys, baby bottles, vinyl goods, medical equipment and a host of other everyday products. It’s also in our urine: In a recent survey done by the National Health Nutrition Survey, BPA was detected in urine samples of 92.6 percent of Americans.
The Food and Drug Administration has declared BPA safe based on estimates that people consume only small amounts each day from food. However, current research indicates that the average person likely is exposed to a daily dose of BPA that far exceeds the current estimated safe daily intake dose. Human and animal studies suggest that BPA could be related to diabetes, heart disease, liver abnormalities, miscarriage and other reproductive abnormalities, as well as prostate and breast cancer.
It may be impossible to completely avoid exposure to BPA, however, here are six steps you can take to reduce your family’s exposure:
— Hillary Roland, ND, naturopathic physician and resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the teaching clinic of Bastyr University.
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