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How to Make Your Home BPA Free

July 2008

BPA (or Bishpenol-A) is a chemical substance used to make products like polycarbonate plastics, epoxy resins (to line food containers) and white dental sealants. It is also an additive in the plastics used to make some children's toys.

The bad news is that BPA has made headlines recently as it has been linked to nasty health effects such as behavioral changes, early puberty, reduced sperm count, breast cancer and prostate disease. And the really bad news is that BPA is now found in so many products that we're all being exposed to it on a daily basis...especially our children.

When products made with BPA are exposed to high temperatures or hard usage, BPA leaches out much faster (as much as 55 times faster) than under normal conditions. So the standard advice has been to avoid using boiling liquids or dishwashers, and toss them when they get nicked or cracked.

However, new research shows that BPA has grown so common that even the low-dose exposure from regular use of water bottles or canned foods may have detrimental health effects. In a recent survey conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found BPA in the urine of 93 percent of participants. According to the study, "Females had significantly higher levels of BPA in their urine than males. Children had the highest levels, followed by teens and adults."

The bottom line is that BPA is bad for your health and it is especially bad for the developing immune systems of children. So it's a good idea to minimize your family's exposure. That's easier said then done, unless of course you know what to look for. So here's how to make your home BPA-free.

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