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  1. BPA-free products could be just as bad

    BPA-free is far from danger free

    Most people feel pretty smug when they shell out extra cash for BPA-free products -- but don't spend too much time patting yourself on the back.

    You've been duped!

    Most of those "BPA-free" products get that label based on the slimmest of all technicalities. Sure, they don't contain the hormone-mimicking chemical bisphenol A.

    They contain the hormone-mimicking chemical bisphenol S instead -- a difference of one letter on paper that makes little to no difference at all in your body, as one new study shows all too clearly.

    In a series of experiments, rat cells in a lab dish exposed to BPS reacted pretty much the same exact way they do when they're slammed with BPA. It disrupted the cellular response to estrogen.

    More importantly, BPS also interfered with critical processes involved in cell growth and cell death.

    The researchers didn't use some massive levels of BPS to get these results either. They used tiny, almost homeopathic doses -- somewhere between parts per trillion and parts per quadrillion.

    That's well within what you'll be exposed to WHEN (not if) this stuff leeches out of products and into your food and drink.

    And what makes this even more worrisome is that when you touch something with BPS in it -- like an ATM or store receipt, an increasingly common source of exposure -- it's actually 19 times more effective at penetrating the skin than BPA.

    So while BPS is actually a slightly weaker chemical form of estrogen than BPA according to some studies, you could actually be hit with a bigger dose of it when you use a product made with this junk.

    Scared yet? Don't be -- there's any easy way to avoid BPA, BPS, and BP-everything-else, and that's to get your food as real and as fresh as can be. Don't buy anything in a can, package, or bottle and don't store things in plastic at home.

    It may be impossible to bring your exposure down to zero without a time machine, but you can get close enough just by shopping smarter and eating better.

  2. BPA in new heart risk

    The 'everywhere' chemical that will rot your arteries

    You don't need me to tell you that packaged foods and soda will speed your way to heart disease and an early death (and if you do need me to tell you that, you're probably beyond my help anyway).

    But it's not just the awful processed ingredients and sugars that'll do you in -- it's a "secret" ingredient that's not listed on the package, because it's in the packaging itself.

    I've warned you before about bisphenol-A, the hormone-like chemical used in plastics and the linings of cans. Now, a new study shows one more reason I hope you heeded that warning: BPA can literally rot your arteries from the inside out.

    British researchers checked out 591 patients who were referred to specialists because their own docs believed they had coronary artery disease.

    Turns out 385 of them actually had the condition -- and, not coincidentally, they also had higher urine levels of BPA than the ones who were disease-free, according to the study in PLoS One.

    All told, the patients with the most gunked-up arteries had 20 percent higher levels of BPA than those with clean arteries. And if that was the only risk of this chemical, I'd say keep yourself as far from it as you possibly can.

    But you know by now that's only the beginning of the dangers.

    BPA mimics estrogen in the body. It does it so well that it can practically turn men into women, giving them breasts, emotional outbursts, and a fondness for Anderson Cooper.

    It's also been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart problems, cancer and more in men and women alike -- not to mention developmental problems in babies and children.

    This stuff has already been banned from baby bottles. Time to baby yourself and get it out of your life as well, and the best way to do that is to pass on anything in a can, package, or bottle.

  3. The chemical replacing BPA is just as bad

    BPA-free plastics aren't as safe as you'd think, with many containing a chemical that's similar to -- and as dangerous as -- the one you're trying to avoid.
  4. Common chemical turns children into monsters

    If you think kids are just plain rotten now, just wait a few years. The next generation is going to be the worst group yet. It's not because of poor parenting (although that will certainly play its part). It's because of toxic chemicals.
  5. New plastics study rife with conflicts

    Maybe you've seen the headlines about a "study" that found even BPA-free plastics can give off estrogen.

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