Bisphenol A (BPA) is a phenolic chemical used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. It has been in use for over 50 years.
BPA in food and beverage containers accounts for the majority of daily human exposure. BPA leaches into food via packaging and during agricultural production.
In the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals (NHANES), a review of urinary BPA levels from the 2003-2004 data found BPA in 92.6% of people sampled.
Infants, children, females, and folk with lower incomes had slightly higher urinary BPA levels.
In large population studies, higher urinary BPA levels are statistically associated with:
- Avoidable morbidity (simply feeling unwell)
- Reported heart disease
- Increased diabetes
- Elevated liver enzymes
- Increased allergy/hay-fever diagnosis
- Endocrine changes (hormone imbalances, which can lead to a plethora of symptoms).
Animal studies have shown altered development of the fetal prostate and mammary gland, inhibition of postnatal testosterone production and changes in nervous system development:
“In one study of 20 brands of canned foods in the US, high levels of BPA were found, a common plasticizer used in the lining of food cans
…When researcher Soto found it also leached out of polycarbonate “hard plastic” laboratory flasks, the same kind used for commercial bottled drinking water, the funding for further studies by these Tufts Medical Center researchers mysteriously dried up.
Once this information becomes known by the man on the street, you can imagine the havoc it could play in the food industry with so many items packaged in plastic.
But industry relies on people being too busy, too tired, too sick and too disinterested in taking responsibility for their health to ever take the time to learn these facts, much less do anything about them.”
Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, Detoxify or Die Page 37.
Your ability of to detoxify BPA – and any chemical for that matter – depends on your exposure to other toxins and your overall nutritional and health status.
For example, if certain metabolic pathways in your liver are not operating properly due to nutrient deficiencies, BPA and other chemical clearance from your blood will not be as efficient.
Over time, you could be exposed to the same amount of a given chemical as your spouse or workmates, but develop problems because you didn’t have the nutritional machinery to clear out the toxin.
Hompes Method Testing Toolkit
It is possible to test for the excretion of bisphenol-A using a simple urine test.
Please click here to learn more about the test and view sample reports. There, you’ll find my own bishphenol-A result.
Safe and Effective Detoxification
The Hompes Method can guide you through a safe and gentle detoxification programme, which I call the “Hompes Method 1,2,3’s of Detoxification“.
The first step in detoxifying your body is to avoid putting toxins in! All too often, this step is overlooked. If you try to detoxify your body while you’re still loading up on toxins, you’re wasting your time – it’s like trying to empty a basin of water while the taps are still on.
Toxin minimization involves:
- Eating clean food
- Drinking clean water
- Breathing air that’s as clean as possible
- Putting less toxins on your skin
- Optimising digestive function (see step two!)
It’s essential to optimize your digestive function. Why? Well, a digestive system full of bad bugs is a toxic digestive system – it leaks toxins into your body, overloading your liver’s ability to remove toxins.
A further problem is that a damaged digestive system can’t absorb nutrients effectively, and nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals are needed for proper detoxification!
Once nutrition, environment and digestion have been optimized, a carefully planned detoxification programme can be implemented using specific supplements and cleanses.