BPA’s, Pthalates and Cancer

waterFor many years now humans have been exposed to chemicals called phthalates, which are chemicals often added to everything from lotions and perfumes to fabric softeners and soaps, and BPA’s which are found in many of the plastics we use.

These chemicals, among others often used industrially, have been implicated in various kinds of cancer which are aggravated or even initiated due to hormonal imbalance.  This includes breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Hormone disruptors

The problem with phthalates and BPA’s (Bisphenol A) is that they mimichormonal activity in the body by duplicating the profile of certain types of estrogens.  Both men and women naturally carry estrogens in their body.

It is actually necessary for women and men to have both testosterone and estrogen hormones to properly function.  However, when one substantially outnumbers the other or upsets the delicate balance that nature has dictated, this is when health issues arise.

These two popular industrial chemicals have been implicated in prostate cancer for that reason.  While it was initially thought that prostate cancer was caused by an inundation of testosterone, the male-dominant hormone, there are newer studies suggesting estrogens play a bigger role than initially hypothesized in prostate cancer in men.

Although many studies are still ongoing to try to figure out the exact connection, an influx of estrogenic activity in the male body no doubt will have negative results.

Whether they ultimately fuel and progress abnormal prostate tissue and turn it into cancerous tissue is still up for debate although anyone would agree synthetic estrogens are destructive in both the male and female body. Parabens are another source of hormonal disruption that should be avoided, and these are just as widely used as phthalates today.

BPA’s and Phthalates are hard to get away from

Since Phthalates and BPA’s are radically entrenched in our water supply today, as well as in the daily products we touch or may ingest, most men cannot help but come into contact with these estrogen-mimicking substances in today’s industrialized and polluted world.

However, men can also minimize this exposure by taking precautions in the products they use on their body and for personal hygiene.  Using paraben and phthalate free body care such as natural deodorants, natural lotions and nontoxic soaps is of course vital.  Phthalates are used in scented and liquid or semi-liquid body and personal care products as well as consumer goods as a stabilizer and “gelling” agent and suspension agent for perfumes.

This is because it creates a more solid form. It is even used as a coating on many of the drugs we use today to help time release them or protect them from immediate absorption into the blood stream.

As you can see, this chemical is quite pervasive in a variety of the products we use every day and may not even realize it.  This is why our company is vigilant in researching our supplies to ensure they contain absolutely no phthalates.

Filtering your water

Drinking water is another critical piece to avoiding this exposure as much as possible.There are filtering systems that will filter out some of the drug remnants from water.  They may be a bit pricier than the typical carbon filters which concentrate on chlorine, microbes and heavy metals, but they are well worth the price when considering how it impacts your body’s toxic load.

Always avoid drinking out of hard plastic bottles, or any bottled water that has been sitting on store shelves for God knows how long.  Try to drink only from glass cups or 100% stainless steel bottles, which are now readily available thanks to increased consumer awareness of the danger of BPA’s.

Try to buy only canned foods that feature a BPA free lining.  This is especially true for acidic canned goods like tomatoes, which can absorb a ton of BPA thanks to the acids drawing the toxin into the food.

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