- BPA Leads to Fertility Defect in Offspring (Natural Society, Oct. 31, 2011):
Bishphenol a (BPA), the headline-topping chemical commonly found in plastics, cans, and food packaging has been tied to yet another negative condition — adversely affecting male genital development and subsequently targeting fertility rates. If you have been following the latest BPA research, then it should be no surprise to you that BPA has been repeatedly linked to diabetes, breast cancer (with over 130 total studies), hyperactivity and depression, and countless other conditions.
BPA alters Anogenital distance, heavily tied to fertility in men
The study, which involved the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research in Human Reproduction, examined the effect of BPA on Anogenital distance (AGD). AGD is the distance between the genitalia and the anus, and is biologically very important. AGD has been linked to fertility in males, making the affect of BPA on the male reproductive system quite significant. Linked to both semen volume and sperm count, men with an abnormally short AGD (lower than the median around 52 mm (2 in) have seven times the chance of being sub-fertile as compared to those with a longer AGD.
This is particularly startling due to the fact that BPA has been found in 90% of babies’ cord blood.
Researchers examined 153 boys, 56 with parental occupational exposure during pregnancy and 97 without. After factoring in the weight and age of the boys using regular linear regression, the study found that parental occupational exposure to BPA during pregnancy was associated with shortened AGD in male offspring. What this means is that those who were exposed to high levels of BPA during pregnancy were found to birth offspring with AGD defects. But what about those who do not deal with BPA exposure through their occupation?
Outside of directly working with BPA-containing items, there are many other venues of BPA exposure that could be affecting your health:
- 95% of paper money contains BPA
- 18 out of 20 of the most popular food cans are laced with BPA
- Dental fillings and sealants
- Many canned products specifically marketed to childrenAs more research comes out on the dangers of BPA, it will become more apparent to the general public how important it is to reduce daily exposure and utilize natural BPA solutions. From causing cancer to fertility, there is simply no reason to keep BPA around.
- The BPA Solution | How to Naturally Reverse the Effects (Natural Society, Oct. 17, 2011):
Bisphenol A (BPA) has made mainstream headlines as an estrogen-mimicking health destroyer. With 130 studies tying it to breast cancer, BPA has become an especially popular topic this October — National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Of course the negative effects of BPA do not end with cancer, with studies tying BPA to obesity, hormonal imbalance, and a massive reduction in male fertility rates. What makes BPA especially concerning to public health is the fact that it affects virtually everyone, is present in 95% of paper money and is in 18 out of 20 of the most popular canned foods. While there can be steps taken to avoid exposure, BPA is most likely present in your bloodstream way beyond ‘safe’ limits. All of these facts have been well-documented, but what is not often discussed is the fact that solutions exist to reverse BPA damage using 100% natural substances.
Reversing the effects of BPA
While BPA damages the body in such a way that can disrupt proper biological function, natural substances have actually been found to reverse this damage on a number of levels. With recent major studies finding that probiotic supplementation can degrade the presence of BPA, a whole new door is open into solving the BPA crisis, not just simply highlighting BPA dangers. For starters, here is a list of 3 common natural substances (out of 13 total) that studies have shown are effective in combating the effects of BPA, or even the presence of BPA in one way or another:
- Black Tea
Each of these have at least one study demonstrating its combative effects on BPA toxicity, presence, and damage. What’s even better is the fact that at least one of these items is most likely already a part of your daily routine. It is also important to remember these are only 3 of the 13 substances that have been shown to effectively combat the effects of BPA. One such example is a study involving a probiotic bacteria present in kimchi, fermented Korean dish made of vegetables with varied seasonings. The study, out of the Japanese Department of Environmental Technology, found that the probiotic bacteria – Bacillus pumilus, is capable of degrading BPA.
In a similar vein, royal jelly has been found to halt the estrogenic effects of BPA, the primary cause of its hormonal damage. This is great news for women concerned with increased breast cancer risk over BPA exposure, as increased estrogen is the primary factor in upping the risk. The use of royal in women with exposure to BPA (the vast majority) will drastically decrease breast cancer risk as a result of BPA exposure and subsequent estrogen increase.
The list goes up to 13 substances that are effective at combating BPA on multiple levels, from the initial biological response to diminishing its presence in your system. The complete 13 substances and nutrients are:
- Bifidobacterium 3
- Bifidobacterium Breve
- Lactobacillus casei
- Bacillus pumilus
- Black Tea
- Fermented Foods and Beverages
- Royal Jelly
- Folic Acid
Counteract BPA dangers naturally
Utilizing these 13 key substances in fighting BPA exposure is essential to achieving optimum health and ridding this extremely toxic chemical from your body. It is also a good idea to practice BPA avoidance, as it is possible to distance yourself from major sources of exposure and thus the effects of BPA using simple techniques. Instead of using plastic water bottles, filter your water into glass or stainless steel containers. Avoid usage of plastic containers and cooking ware, choose ceramic kitchen tools for longer life and 100% reduced exposure.
If you are working in a position that requires constant handling of currency, plastic items, or even ink-based items, wear gloves. BPA enters the bloodstream through the skin, if it is not in contact, then you will not absorb it. Following these tips and utilizing the 13 key BPA solution substances in your daily life will result in better overall biological function and mental clarity.