This is a guest post from health advocate, Christen Black. Christen has been promoting and using safe products for herself and family for years. Below she talks about the hidden dangers of the everyday products we use.
Why should we be concerned about BPA and Phthalates?
I don’t know about you but I never used to care about what I put ON my body as much as what I put IN my body. Even when it came to what I put IN my body, I was naïve to think that eating “healthy” was enough. I was so carefree about what I drank out of or what I heated my food in. I spent so much time and money on cute clothes and my hair but not enough on the really important things that could affect my health and wellness and that of my family’s.
This changed a couple of years ago, after I had my daughter and after my family was touched by 2 cancer diagnoses within a week apart. I became very interested in learning about “toxic” chemicals and other “things” that were known to cause cancer. This interest eventually turned into my starting a business that helps people stay healthy.
First of all, I want to state that I am by no means an expert on BPA or phthalates, but I am hoping that what I do know will help even a few people out there. Unfortunately, BPA and Phthalates are everywhere and it would be almost impossible to avoid them completely (yet). Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an estrogen-like chemical used in many polycarbonate plastics, canned-goods, and recycled paper products. Phthalates are chemicals used to soften plastics, such as toys, and are also widely used in personal care products such as nail polish, shampoo, body wash and lotion.
Even though our government still contends that these chemicals are safe for us, both of these chemicals are hormone disruptors and there’s enough research showing their link to cancer, diabetes, and early term pregnancies, to name a few. We have started to avoid certain products with BPA, like baby bottles and water bottles, but we are very behind with phthalates. Phthalates are becoming more controversial as more scientific research associates them with hormonal disturbances such as reduced testosterone in babies and adults. If you have a boy you should be even more wary of these chemicals. I would highly recommend Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax, who talks about the severity of phthalates. Dr. Mehmet Oz says, “Boys Adrift is a must-read for any parent of boys. This is real science, and Dr. Sax thoroughly uncovers the important health issues that parents of boys need to be tuned into.”
Phthalates are present in so many things we apply on our body and yet it’s so hard to know because they are often hidden under another ingredient like fragrance or perfume. The good news is that there are companies now that produce products that are phthalate-free.
The bottom line is that we need to be more educated and take matters into our own hands when it comes to taking care of our health. Don’t assume that things are safe if they are on the market. We also must put more pressure on our government to take action and ban the use of these harmful chemicals.