(We thank Dr. Al Sears, MD, CNS for this update)
Many of you are aware of the dangers of xenoestrogens like bisphenol A, or BPA. They are well known because they mimic estrogen in your body. They are often called “alien” estrogens and they’ve permeated almost everything you eat, drink and touch. And one of the worst of these alien estrogens is BPA.
Over the last few years, consumers caught onto the dangers of BPA in packaged and prepared food and began demanding that manufacturers remove it from products.
And a lot of companies bowed down to the pressure. Soon, they started advertising that their plastic bottles, aluminum cans and food packaging were “BPA-Free.”
It sounds nice – but don’t be fooled… A study of 450 BPA-free products found that almost ALL of them leached a variety of new chemicals that act just like estrogen! 1
You see, manufacturers are simply substituted other bisphenols for BPA. And they are hoping you won’t pay attention. These substitute bisphenols include BPAP, BPF, BPS, BPP, BPM and an alphabet-soup of many others. The new bisphenols act just like BPA, and some are even worse.2 They stay in your body longer and cause more DNA damage.3
Bisphenols leach into your food and drink from plastic water bottles, soup cans, plastic dinnerware, deli packaging. They’re also in dental fillings and medical devices, in your eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronics and sports equipment. Bisphenols are also commonly used in cosmetics, toys, pesticides, PVC piping and garden hoses. Even cash register receipts and currency throughout the world have high levels.
When these bisphenols get into your bloodstream, they attach to your estrogen receptors whether you’re a man or a woman and mimic estrogen.
But here’s the big difference… These chemical hormones are MUCH stronger than the estrogens your body produces naturally. They can block natural hormones, disrupt normal cell signaling and they can destroy your delicate balance of estrogen, testosterone and other hormones. This can lead to real damage in your body.
Research links bisphenols to:
|• prostate cancer||• high blood pressure||• heart disease|
|• testicular cancer||• diabetes||• asthma|
|• breast cancer||• weight gain||• reduced lung function|
|• lung cancer||• obesity||• behavioral changes|
These chemicals are now literally in the air we breathe. Factories and industrial sites release bisphenols into the air and water. The Centers for Disease Control found bisphenols in the urine of 93% of people they tested.4
The FDA is no help. It doesn’t want to get on the wrong side of the big industrial interests that are spewing this stuff. Under public pressure, it banned BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups. They later took the position that low-levels of bisphenols are safe despite the roughly 1,000 studies that found even low levels of these compounds lead to serious health problems.
Most doctors don’t pay attention to the link between bisphenols and many of today’s chronic diseases. But there are other natural ways you can eliminate fake estrogens from your body. Here are some you can use at home:
Body Detox (link) is our specially designed blend of nutrients to, not only remove these estrogens, but also heavy metals and pesticides. (A good schedule to use any detox is 1 week on, 3 weeks off.)
Also helpful are:
- Cloves: This spice is a natural antidote to fake estrogens. Cloves have an amazing anti-estrogen nutrient called eugenol. It helps keep your body from absorbing fake estrogens. It stimulates enzymes in your stomach that convert these toxins into harmless water-soluble compounds then flushes them from your body. 5 A good way to supplement with eugenol is by using clove oil. Make sure you buy 100% pure clove oil. Dilute just a tiny bit in almond or olive oil to help you absorb it better.
- DIM (Diindolylmethane): DIM sounds like a nasty chemical but it’s 100% natural. Vegetables like broccoli, kale and cauliflower produce DIM. It helps your body break down and excrete all the fake hormones we get in the modern world.6 Some suggest you take 100 mg to 200 mg of DIM every day as a supplement. But don’t go overboard. Taking more than 300 mg might give you some gastrointestinal distress. If that happens just back off.
- Yang CZ, Yaniger SI, Jordan VC, Klein DJ, Bittner GD. “Most Plastic Products Release Estrogenic Chemicals: A Potential Health Problem That Can Be Solved.” Environmental Health Perspectives. 2011 Jul.2. Rochester J., Bolden A. “Bisphenol S and F: A Systematic Review and Comparison of the Hormonal Activity of Bisphenol A Substitutes.” Environ Health Perspect. 2015.
3. Lee S., Liu X., et al. “Genotoxic potentials and related mechanisms of bisphenol A and other bisphenol compounds: A comparison study employing chicken DT40 cells.” Chemosphere. 2013.
4. “Bisphenol A (BPA).” National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. Accessed 12/1/16.
5. Basu NK., et. al. “Gastrointestinally Distributed UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A10, Which Metabolizes Estrogens and Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs, Depends upon Phosphorylation.” J Bio Chem. 2004.
- Eliaz I., et al. “The effect of modified citrus pectin on urinary excretion of toxic elements.” Phytother Res. 2006 Oct.