Instead of using plastic utensils, rely on the longer-lasting variety. While some are made of polyethylene or polypropylene, no telling if the hardener BPA was used. Best to use wood, bamboo or metal utensils to cook with.· · To be safe, avoid all canned foods and replace with non-canned variations (replace canned soup with soup in a carton, for example) unless cans denote that they have a BPA-free lining. If that's not possible, avoid these specific canned foods, which are known to be high in BPA: coconut milk, soup, meat, vegetables, meals, juice, fish, beans, meal-replacement drinks, and fruit (yes, we realize that encompasses most canned foods).
· Use glass containers along with BPA-free plastic lids when microwaving or reheating foods. The food should not touch the lids.
· Instead of using a plastic coffee-maker or going out for coffee, use a French press or ceramic drip.
· Avoid touching thermal-paper receipts. If you must, wash your hands immediately.
· Check to make sure your dietary supplement “gel caps or tablets” are not coated with a BPA sealer. When we take dietary supplement vitamins, we don’t want to be introducing this nasty toxin into our systems.
· Phthalates as a class of compounds are found in cosmetics, personal care products and even perfumes and colognes. They may be designated as DBP, DEHP, DzBP and DMP. One recent study showed a correlation between men using cologne and low testosterone and sperm levels.
· When choosing plastics use the recycling code 1, 2 & 5. Avoid codes 3 and 7 as they are more likely to contain bisphenol A and phthalates.
The US EPA is attempting to catch up and screen for endocrine disruptors with the advent of the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP, http://www.epa.gov/endo/ ) but action is slow and we are behind Canada and much of Europe. In 2010 Canada declared Bisphenol A a toxic substance. The European Union (EU) in 2011 banned BPA in any baby bottle products.
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Dr. Saleeby is an emergency room physician and longevity expert. He has worked and managed patients in preventive medicine for bHRT and detoxification. He has authored a book on adaptogen herbs and many articles on ways to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.