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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Genova Diagnostics (GDX) - BPA

What are BPA, Triclosan, and 4-Nonylphenol?

Bisphenol A
Bisphenol A (BPA) is found mostly in plastics labeled with the recycling codes 3 or 7. BPA is a key monomer used to produce polycarbonate plastic. This type of plastic is usually clear and shatter-proof. Other uses of BPA consist of epoxy resins, which are used to coat the inside of food and beverage cans. BPA studies have been linked to obesity, neurological development delays in infants, thyroid disruption, developmental issues of sexual organs in infants, and sexual dysfunction in adults. Exposure to BPA occurs mostly through digestion of food and liquids that have been stored and heated in plastic materials.

Triclosan
Triclosan is an anti-microbial and preservative agent used in personal care products such as toothpaste, shaving cream, and hand soaps. Exposure occurs from use of these products in the home. Triclosan bioaccumulates in the body and is considered to block thyroid activity affecting metabolism and thyroid hormone signaling.

4-Nonylphenol
Often used as a surfactant, 4-nonylphenol is found in industrial detergents, foaming agents, dispersants, and emulsifiers. Most exposure is through the skin. 4-Nonylphenol is also an endocrine disruptor.

Evaluate levels of these endocrine disruptors with the Bisphenol A Profile to determine if avoidance and detoxification are needed.

Sources of Exposure:
BPA:
  • Baby bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Food containers
  • Beverage containers
  • Plastic dinnerware
  • Thermal paper receipts
  • Medical and dental devices
  • Eyeglass lenses
  • Household electronics
Triclosan:
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving cream
  • Mouthwash
  • Hand soaps
  • Cosmetics
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Children's toys
4-Nonylphenol:
  • Detergents
  • Pesticides

Toxicity often lies at the root of many chronic illnesses, such as:
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Adult onset diabetes
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Brain fog
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Chronic bacterial, fungal and viral infections
  • Chronic neurological illnesses
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Development disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Early puberty
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Infertility
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Mood disorders
  • Neurological development disorders
  • Obesity
  • Reproductive system disorders
  • Thyroid disruption

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