hormone boost

  1. Receipts covered in hormone-like chemical

    Here's a reality check for those of you who think you can avoid the toxic chemical bisphenol A: It turns out this toxic chemical has even been found in cash register receipts. That's right: It's not just cans and plastic bottles, friends -- this poison is literally everywhere.

    Researchers from the Environmental Working Group found this dangerous estrogen-like substance in 40 percent of receipts from places like Safeway, Wal-Mart, McDonald's, CVS, and KFC.

    Even the hippy-friendly greenie paradise Whole Foods had BPA in its receipts. You just can't trust anyone these days!

    But if you think handling receipts with BPA is no big deal, think again. Swiss scientists say that two hours after exposure, 30 percent of the BPA from a receipt remained on the skin -- and could no longer be washed away.

    Nothing like a hormone boost with each purchase -- and they don't even charge extra for it.

    Speaking of BPA, Duane wrote in to ask how to send a message to the FDA urging them to ban this toxic garbage. Here's what you do, Duane: Write a letter and print it out. Don't waste money on an envelope or a stamp -- just run that letter right through your shredder.

    That's what the feds will do with it, because they don't care about you or me. The dangers of BPA are well known and well documented -- it's been linked to everything from obesity and cardiovascular problems to reproductive harm and early puberty -- and they're deliberately ignoring all that evidence every single day they fail to act.

    But don't let me bust your bubble. If you enjoy a good exercise in futility, you can send your thoughts to consumer@fda.gov. Tell 'em I sent you.

    If you want to do something more productive with your time, get rid of everything that might contain BPA: Cans, bottles, jars with lids -- if it doesn't say "BPA free," assume it's BPA full.

    There's not much you can do about those receipts. I'd say leave them right there at the cash register, but in some places they'll tackle you at the door if you don't show a receipt on the way out. You might also need those receipts for warranties, returns and the taxman.

    Shopping has officially become a dangerous activity -- bring disposable gloves.

  2. Common chemicals linked to early puberty

    Little girls are quickly turning into women... and not just because time flies. They're getting a secret hormone boost that's leading to early puberty and a lifetime of trouble.

    And unless you've been growing your own food and drinking out of coconut shells, your family is almost certainly at risk.

    The latest study found that young girls around the country have alarming levels of three frightening hormone-like substances that I've been warning you about: phenols, phthalates and phytoestrogens.

    When researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine studied urine samples from 1,151 girls between 6 and 8 years old from New York City, Cincinnati and northern California, they found high levels of all three of those "p's" in the pee.

    I'll throw in one more "p" -- poison, because these awful chemicals will harm you and your family, especially your children and grandchildren.

    It's not hard to figure out why kids are absorbing so much of this junk... because the troubling trio is everywhere. Phthalates are in plastics -- even toys -- as well as cosmetics. Phytoestrogen is the key hormone-like substance that makes soy so dangerous. And the most common phenol, BPA, is in just about everything -- including plastic bottles and can linings.

    This new study in Environmental Health Perspectives is on girls, but the damage isn't limited to them. These are equal-opportunity hormones, and they're making boys more feminine as well.

    Turns out the phthalates are even helping boys to grow their own breasts -- to the point where some of them practically need bras themselves. (Read, "Why some boys have breasts.")

    I've also told you plenty about BPA -- it's been linked to heart disease, cancer, obesity, asthma and all manner of sexual dysfunction in males and females alike. Soy is quite simply the world's most dangerous substance disguised as food.

    There's no room for debate on this, and no time to wait for the feds to act. Avoid soy, plastics and cans as much as you possibly can.

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