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Our sister publication Mother Earth News recently posted an interview with BPA researcher Frederick vom Saal of the University of Missouri's Endocrine Disruptor Group. If you don't know much about this dangerous chemical and corporations' drive to keep it from being banned here in the U.S. (although its use has been banned in the EU, Canada and China, at least in children's products), this article is a must-read.
BPA is dangerous because it's a potent estrogen-mimicker, meaning it wreaks havoc in our bodies' vital endocrine systems. It's been linked to a wide array of health problems such as damage to the reproductive system, increased cancer risk, neurological disorders and behavioral disorders. It has the greatest effect on children and babies, which is unfortunate because nearly all plastic baby bottles and children's sippy cups are made of plastic containing BPA.
The fortunate thing is that BPA is not highly bioaccumulative. Studies find BPA levels drop dramatically in the body when people stop ingesting the chemical. To rid your life of this dangerous chemical, follow two broad steps: