Although holistic health practitioners have been warning of the toxicity of plastic for decades their advice has gone largely ignored by many health professionals. The Daily Mail reports that two major studies last year link 175 compounds in plastic — found in cling film and kitchen storage boxes and bottles — to a risk of cancer and fertility and foetal problems.
The nastiest of all those toxic chemicals is Bisphenol A (BPA), which is widely used in plastics manufacture. In the body it mimics the effects of the female sex hormone oestrogen and has been linked to breast and prostrate cancer and early sexual female development.
Consumer tests found that BPA is still present in many plastic bottles and other plastic food utensils sold in the U.K. Breast Cancer UK is calling for a British ban on BPA, bringing us in line with other European countries.
Even if you buy BPA-free plastic containers you may still be at risk.
“Many baby bottles now make a selling point of being BPA-free but we don’t know what chemicals are replacing BPA and the manufacturers don’t have to tell us,” said Andrea Gore, professor of pharmacology at the University of Austin in the U.S.
So what changes can you make at home to keep yourself and your family safe from toxic plastics?
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