In case I didn’t adequately convince you yesterday that bisphenol A (BPA) isn’t safe for consumers—and that it should be yanked off of store shelves as soon as humanly possible—I’ve got even more terrifying news to share.
Namely, that human BPA levels might actually be a whole lot higher than we thought. And that its death toll could be far higher, too…
BPA levels could be 44 times higher
Let’s start with that first finding, courtesy of a study published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology at the end of last year.
This research employed a more direct method of evaluating BPA levels… one that’s able to measure the chemical’s metabolites in the human body more accurately.
Previous tests have only been able to measure BPA metabolites by using an enzyme solution to restore them back into whole BPA. But this new test measures the metabolites themselves—no enzyme solution necessary.
According to comparison tests, the new method of measuring BPA revealed levels that were as much as 44 times higher than what had previously been reported through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Which, as I mentioned yesterday, already shows that more than 90 percent of the population has detectable levels of the chemical in their system.
To make matters worse, these testing disparities increased with greater BPA exposures—in other words, the higher the exposure, the more BPA the original tests missed.
And seeing as how these are the very numbers that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has used to bolster their claim that exposures are low and the chemical is safe, I don’t think I need to explain the problem here.
Because it turns out, the FDA’s evidence is severely flawed—and that should concern everyone.
High levels are downright lethal
I hate to say it, but this story only gets scarier. And here’s why: Another new study, published just last month, showed that people with high levels of BPA in their urine are almost 50 percent more likely to die over the next decade.
When you consider BPA’s suspected role in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease—three major killers all on their own—this news shouldn’t really come as a surprise. But it is the first study to show that this supposedly “safe” chemical is independently lethal.
And if that doesn’t prompt the FDA to act fast, then you have to wonder what will…
Then again, expecting any federal agency to move faster than a snail’s pace is wishful thinking, whether lives are at stake or not. So once again, if you want to stay safe, you’re going to have to protect yourself.
I outlined a handful of simple, key ways to do that yesterday. But since we’re in the midst of a pandemic—and headed into another cold and flu season—I’d like to point out one risk in particular.
As I’ve mentioned here before, research has shown that the use of hand creams, soaps, and yes, hand sanitizers dramatically increases the amount of BPA absorbed into your body from handling paper cash register receipts.
Now, I’ve never been a fan of hand sanitizer. But in the midst of a pandemic, I nevertheless recognize its value as an alternative way to combat viral spread when thorough handwashing with plain old soap and water isn’t possible.
So I’ll simply repeat yesterday’s advice: Do not touch those paper receipts. Especially if you’ve coated your hands in sanitizer first. If you must make contact, use gloves. But the safest route is to avoid them altogether.
P.S. I recently exposed another health threat that comes hand-in-hand with chemical exposure: male infertility. You can learn more about it, and what you can do, by taking a look at the June issue of my monthly Logical Health Alternatives newsletter (“Is male infertility the next global crisis in the making?”). Subscribers have access to this and all of my past content in the archives. So, as always, consider signing up today. Click here now!
“BPA levels in humans dramatically underestimated, study finds.” Science Daily, 12/05/2019. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191205183417.htm)
“High BPA levels linked to 49% greater risk of death within 10 years, study says.” CNN, 08/18/2020. (cnn.com/2020/08/17/health/bpa-bisphenol-a-plastics-canned-foods-death-wellness/index.html)