Things are changing. Widespread consumer demand for plastic products that are free of the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) has precipitated some significant positive changes in the way that food, beverage and water containers are manufactured. That’s the good news.
But a new study out of Germany has found that thousands of other potentially harmful chemicals are still leaching from plastic products into food and beverages, including an endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) known as di(2-ethylhexyl) fumarate, or DEHF, that is completely unregulated.
Martin Wagner and colleague, Jorg Oehlmann, from the Goethe University Frankfurt, learned this after conducting tests on 18 different bottled water products to look for the presence of EDCs. The team identified some 24,520 different chemicals present in the tested water. But the biggest concern, and what appears to be the foundation of the study’s findings, was DEHF, a plasticizer chemical that is used to make plastic bottles more flexible. According to reports, DEHF was clearly identified in the tested water as the most consistent and obvious culprit causing anti-estrogenic activity. Despite trace amounts of more than 24,000 other potentially damaging chemicals, DEHF stood out as the only possible EDC capable of inducing this particular observed activity, a highly concerning observation. The study’s published abstract explains that 13 of the 18 bottled water products tested exhibited “significant” anti-estrogenic activity, while 16 of the 18 samples were found to inhibit the body’s androgen receptors by an astounding 90 percent. Additionally, the other 24,520 chemical traces besides DEHF were also identified as exhibiting antagonistic activity, which means that they, too, are detrimental to the body’s hormonal system.
The Mystery Nasty.
Apparently DEHF is not alone in causing significant damage to the endocrine system. The team was unable to identify this chemical as being specifically anti-androgenic. This suggests that there is some other chemical, or chemical combination, being leached into bottled water that is interfering with the body’s chemical signaling system, which is, of course, responsible for hormone production and use within the body.“We confirmed the identity and biological activity of DEHF and additional isomers of dioctyl fumarate and maleate using authentic standards,” report the researchers. “Since DEHF is anti-estrogenic but not anti-androgenic we conclude that additional, yet unidentified EDCs must contribute to the antagonistic effect of bottled water.” So while these specific findings concerning DEHF are groundbreaking, the overall conclusion to be drawn from this research is that far more study is needed to determine the types of chemicals that are being leeched from plastic into our food and water, not to mention the extent of this leeching. And since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the rest of the three-letter government agencies will surely never get around to conducting this important research, independent science will simply have to take up the charge. You can read the full study abstract here: http://www.plosone.org
Visit any supermarket. You see them stacked, row after row, brand name upon brand name. We are spoiled for choices … but we are fast learning that the ‘plastic habit’ can indeed be quite costly when added up.
And then there’s the plastic question. Naturally, it’s better to choose glass rather than cheap plastic which leaches toxic chemicals such as Bisphenol-A which could affect health when taken frequently and long term.
We are, of course, talking about bottled water. So why should we have to buy bottled drinking water? Why is this massive industry, totally dependent upon plastic, transport costs and robbing local areas of their good water? Remember the sixties? The idea of someone charging for water in bottles would have been laughable. I still have a somewhat sinister regard for the fact that we’re being charged for water, and not without reasoning: There just could be something covertly sinister and devious going on. There are indeed a number of people who have educated themselves enough to realize that they don’t want to choose drinking tap water with fluoride and other chemicals. But why should we even have a need to choose the more expensive bottled water option and put up with the chemically-treated tap water? Surely, it’s up to us to do something about this?
Fracking and our water supply
As a water lover I have to ask: why has the dangerous process of fracking technology been allowed to carry on without due study of the effects on our water supply? Fracking uses hydraulic pressure blasts (some 40,000 plus gallons of water containing over 600 toxic chemicals) to fracture shale rock to get at its contents of gas and oil to be extracted. Much of this toxic chemical water contains methane, formaldehyde, mercury, uranium, lead and carcinogens – and is is never recovered. It inevitably finds its way into our groundwater. It can pollute wells, thus polluting our water supplies. As well as environmental damage, the reckless insanity of fracking has now been linked to earthquakes and ill health with people and animals living in nearby areas. It’s pretty obvious that fracking corporations are buying off the politicians and people connected. So am I right? Is there something devious going on. Let’s look at the link between tap water to fracking. Water, one of the most essential of life’s commodities is deliberately becoming more and more precious to obtain. When you control the water supplies you can control the people. It’s a crazy thought but.. perhaps the reason for fracking with its water-polluting deadly toxic chemicals going by unchecked is that it puts the people in a situation whereby their local water supplies in wells and taps is not longer usable so they have no other choice than to go to the stores and buy the corporation’s water supplies. Think of the astronomical amounts of money the manipulators of all this could make from the quantities of water needed from folks all over the world in their everyday lives!
PA in mothers’ urine linked to low birth weights in China
It appears that a pregnant woman’s exposure to BPA can increase the risk of delivering babies with low birth weights, During the course of the Chinese study from 2012 to 2014, 452 mother-infant pairs were selected from Wuhan, the most populous city in Central China. Urine samples were collected from the mothers at delivery and measured for bisphenol-A . Using birth weight data obtained from medical records, the researchers then evaluated the relationship between urinary BPA levels and low birth weight. They found that mothers of newborns with lower birth weights had significantly higher BPA levels in their urine than the control mothers, according to the study published this month in Environment International. They also found that the relationship between low birth weight and higher BPA levels was stronger among the female babies, suggesting female babies might be more susceptible to BPA than males. The study was the first of its kind in China, and it certainly adds to growing evidence that fetal exposure to BPA might cause developmental problems. BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that can act like estrogen in the body. Human and animal studies have linked the chemical to reproductive, behavioral and endocrine effects. Even the most diligent mothers-to-be may find it challenging to avoid contact with BPA. It is ubiquitous—used to make polycarbonate plastics and commonly found in food and drink packaging, and in thermal cash register receipts. The study doesn’t prove BPA caused the low birth weights. Low birth weight can happen for a number of different reasons. Bu… it is concerning as babies with low birth weights may be more at risk for other health problems, such as increased susceptibility to disease and infection, or longer-term problems such as learning disabilities or delayed motor and social development. And it isn’t the first study to link prenatal BPA exposure to impaired development. In 2013, findings from a Dutch study suggest that BPA exposure at levels commonly found in people may slow fetal growth. In addition, a 2014 study linked high BPA levels in the placenta to lower birth weights. As you are probably aware, we have a no-BPA policy at alkaway. We are in the front line, delivering water bottles and filters that are using every day, year in, year out. That’s why we spent the money on the most stringent testing in the world for the UltraStream; the EU safety certification tests. To our knowledge we are the ONLY water ionizer in the world to have this certification. Given that you may be spending thousands on a water ionizer, I strongly recommend that you ask for independent test proof of the product’s BPA status.
We’ve been beating our own drum about BPA in plastics for years now. The world is slowly catching up, and this study posted on TreeHugger kind of nails it.
Studies of humans, mice, monkeys, and sheep all point to the same scary conclusion — that BPA wreaks havoc on the female reproductive system.
“Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, is an ingredient used in polycarbonate plastics, protective liners in food cans and tins, thermal coatings on paper receipts, epoxy-lined beer cans, and dental sealants. Unfortunately it’s also known to be a gender-bending endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen. BPA is so ubiquitous that 90 percent of Americans carry traces of it in their bodies, which means that there is universal fetal exposure.
Many studies have been done on the negative effects of BPA, which were first noticed in the late 1990s when researchers noticed that it appeared to disrupt hormone function. While there are still discrepancies among studies, there is one area in which all the studies point to the same scary conclusion, that BPA is an ovarian toxicant. When it comes to women and their reproductive systems, BPA is consistently linked to problems.
A New York Times article explains the work of bioscientist Jodi Flaws, (what a name for a scientist! ~Ian) from the University of Illinois, who noticed the plethora of studies linking BPA with damage to developing ovaries. Dr. Flaws decided to explore this theory in greater depth. She treated young female mice with a BPA solution that was comparable to estimated human exposure in the United States, and then examined their ovaries after one month of treatment.
“The effect of the BPA was immediately obvious. Compared with normal mice, the follicles [germ cells that develop into eggs] of the treated mice were fewer and smaller. Further analysis showed that estradiol, the sex hormone essential for normal reproductive development, was not being produced at normal levels.”
Another study produced by the same laboratory earlier this year found that treated mice stopped producing viable eggs at an abnormally young age, cutting short the span of reproductive time.
These same effects have been found in studies with sheep, monkeys, and humans.
Researchers at Harvard found that 80 percent of women at an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic tested positive for BPA, and noted that higher BPA levels were linked to fewer follicles and, therefore, fewer fertile eggs. These investigators examined the follicular fluid of 357 discarded ococytes from over 120 women visiting the IVF clinic. Increased levels of BPA were linked to stunted ococytes and chromosomal damage.
With human exposure beginning in utero and continuing throughout life, the potential damage to female ovaries is very real and scary. Because it often takes a generation for changes to appear, much damage can be caused before researchers are able to pinpoint the cause; but when it comes to BPA and ovarian toxicity, there is definite consensus among scientists and study results. The best option is to avoid BPA as much as possible.
3 Simple strategies to stay clean:
1. Take a look at your old slow juicer. They had polycarbonate augers. Very nasty. 2. Don’t use polycarbonate bottles. Get yourself as stainless steel or glass one. 3. Look closely at the inner lining of that can you just opened. if it’s lined, odds on it’s polycarbonate! 4. Get out of the whole BPA scene with your own UltraStream BPA-free hydrogen rich water system.
More Than 24,500 Chemicals Found in Bottled Water by Dr. Jennifer Landa Bottled water has become a fashion trend – specific brands with unique shapes that tell the world a little something about you. While your bottle of water might make you appear to be a purveyor of optimal hydration, it’s also a sign you may be exposing your body to an onslaught of chemicals. Recently, a study by German researchers, found nearly 25,000 chemicals lurking in a single bottle of water. Many of these chemicals mimic the effects of potent pharmaceuticals inside your body, according to the study published in the journal PLoS One. The study was broken into two parts. For the initial portion, the researchers tested 18 samples of various commercially sold water bottles from around the globe. Through chemical analyses, they tested the water to determine if it interfered with the body’s estrogen and androgen receptors. Tap water was tested as well, for comparison. The researchers were shocked to learn that most of the bottled waters revealed interference with both kinds of hormone receptors; amounts as little as 0.1 ounces inhibited estrogenic activity by 60 percent and androgenic activity by 90 percent. The tap water, on the other hand, showed no activity on either form of receptor. During the second part of the study, the scientists sought to pinpoint which chemicals were the cause of reproductive hormonal interferences. Using other forms of detection to isolate the various chemicals, the researchers found more than 24,500 different chemicals in the bottled waters – including two classes of chemicals, maleates and fumarates, which are known potent endocrine disruptors (hormonally active chemicals). Maleates and fumarates are utilized to manufacture plastic resins, which are used to make water bottles, and they may also appear as contaminants of other plastic chemicals.
Effects can include stunted growth, early puberty, premature birth, infertility and early menopause – just to name a few. The remaining population should still exercise caution, as more and more research is discovering that these chemical can also trigger diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Make it a habit to carry a refillable glass, stainless steel or BPA-Free water bottle. Many cities and states are beginning to convert water fountains to more easily accommodate refilling your water bottle. This began as an effort to protect the environment, but following this study, it would appear the benefits are dual fold. Earlier this year the FDA banned bisphenol-A (BPA), a common chemical used to make plastic bottles and linings of cans, from some food-related plastics. The ban also included baby bottles and sippy cups, though manufacturers say they had already eliminated the chemical in their products. It would seem, however, BPA isn’t the only problem when it comes to chemicals leaking into the food supply. We Can Take control of our health. No-one else will! Invest in a reusable water bottle and buya water filter that you can trust, then simply fill your bottle with pure healthy water at home. Choose a bottle made of nontoxic glass or stainless steel – highly recommended to ensure your health and safety. Some manufacturers have begun making glass bottles covered by a rubber cover to prevent breakage and simplify your commitment to health. And, of course there is one more benefit – by choosing to carry a refillable water bottle, you avoid that $2 plus charge every time you’re thirsty.
As a healthy adult, the occasional sip from the “toxic fountain” of bottled water won’t kill you. However, small children, women of child-bearing age, and pregnant women are at greater risk of poor outcomes when exposed to these chemicals.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute, 15 percent of U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. A new study published in January 2014 attempts to pinpoint why these numbers are so high and they have come up with this explanation: Early fetal exposure to low levels of Bisphenol A (BPA) may make men more susceptible to prostate cancer later in life.