The 7 Deadly Estro-Sins: Three's & Seven's
July 10, 2014
Our next xenoestrogen lesson is all about plastic. Not all plastics are bad, but we do need to learn to be picky when it comes to plastic. Yes, we live in a plastic world, and no, you will not be able to avoid it completely. Instead of stressing too much about it, why not learn how to manage the plastic in your life.
Let’s look at plastic through the hormone microscope and discover how to avoid the xenoestrogen kind. You know the type I'm talking about, right? The plastic that contributes to man boobs or as the scientific community calls it, gynecomastia (pronounced 'guy.neco.mastia').
Did you catch the word 'guy' in its pronunciation? Maybe the slang should be 'guy' boobs instead of man boobs and then everyone would remember the scientific terminology.
It’s a Numbers Game
Okay, so let's get back to the topic at hand - the estrogenic effects of some plastics. What are they, where are they hidden and how can you avoid them?
3's and 7's are the name of the game. Look on the bottom of all your plastic containers. You will find a triangle with a number inside it. This is the recycle symbol that tells you what type of plastic your bottle is made from and what type of xenoestrogen may be hidden in them.
Number 3 plastics are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Unfortunately, PVC plastic contains the same nasty phthalates you learned about in lesson 2 on the 'BSFACTS'. The Canadian Government now regulates the amount and types of phthalates allowed in softened children toys because studies show that phthalates affect the endocrine systems of children. Avoid all #3 plastics, need I say more!
Not So Lucky #7
The number 7 is the other triangle recycle code to steer clear of when purchasing products in plastic containers. Polycarbonate plastics (#7) contain the dreaded estrogenic additive bisphenol A (BPA). Many people are aware of this xenoestrogen, thanks in part to its Canadian government-regulated removal from baby bottles.
Unfortunately most people are not aware that manufactures who claim to be BPA-Free often play the 'Green Washing Game'. They replace BPA with an equally estrogenic substitute, BPS (bisphenol S) or one of the other bisphenol analogs (sister chemicals) and claim their plastic to be BPA-Free!
The scary thing about BPS is that it can take a much longer time for your body to detoxify as it is more chemically stable. Where as BPA is less stable, has a shorter half life and is easier for your body to detoxify.
BPA an Estrogen Replacement Therapy Drug
A little history lesson on BPA pretty much reveals it all!
Created in 1891
1930’s Dr. Charles Dodds discovered estrogenic properties of BPA & began drug experiments
BPA replaced with related drug diethylstilbestrol (DES) & given to pregnant women
‘DES Babies’ linked to vaginal, cervical & hormone related cancer
1950’s discovered BPA hardened plastic
1970’s began commercial use of BPA in plastics
2010 many companies replaced BPA with BPS…
Check the Bottom of the Bottle
So remember to turn over your plastic containers and avoid 3's and 7's and you will be well on your way to responsibly managing the estrogenic plastics in your life. Simple and easy solutions are always available, you just need to be open to the answers instead of focused on the problem.
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by Bonnie Penner
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