There is a lot of information and research circulating in recent times in relation to the potential dangers created by chemicals leaching from plastics, especially when they are heated. You need to be aware of BPA in baby products, especially BPA baby bottles, kids & baby food containers, as well as kids & baby food jars. This article will show you what to look for to ensure your children are using BPA free products and have safe baby bottles, safe water bottles for kids and much more.
When you have a good look at this research you quickly realise it is an issue that all parents and loved ones of New Frequency Children need to be fully aware of! Being aware of this issue will definitely inspire you to change your behaviour in relation to food preparation and liquid transportation, as well as to make informed buying decisions in relation to plastics – benefiting your entire family. I know it has impacted my family in this way! In this article I will summarise the facts and give you ideas on how to best manage this situation.
Bottom Line – BPA may be harming our children.
If you or your children are drinking bottled liquids (water or juice etc) from a plastic disposable bottle, feeding from a plastic baby bottle, using a plastic dummy or heating food in plastic containers you might want to make sure you are using safe plastics or stop this behaviour ASAP.
A US government draft report has warned that a bisphenol also known as BPA, a chemical used in some “plastic food and drink packaging, including baby bottles may be tied to early puberty and prostate and breast cancer”. The draft findings come from the National Toxicology program which is part of the U.S. National Institute of Health. Health Canada has called BPA “dangerous”. Learn more about BPA and how to determine what plastic is safe and what is not below!
There is nothing much more important than water to our body. On average a babies body is composed of 78% water, by one year old this average is 65%, decreasing to around 60% in the average adult. Our brain is composed of 70% water, our lungs are nearly 90% water. About 83% of our blood is water, which helps digest our food, transport waste, and control body temperature. It is obvious that what you and your child drink and the quality of the water you drink has a huge impact on your health.
What does this mean for you?
Firstly if you have been buying plastic water/drink bottles and then reusing them over and over again – its time to change! If you have been heating any food or beverage in plastic containers you need to change this also.
Reusing disposable plastic (PET) bottles that are only designed for one time use can be harming your health. The Bisphynol-A (BPA) and phthalate chemicals in the plastic can release over time or when exposed to heat, leaching chemicals into your drinking water. You could be unknowingly ingesting harmful chemicals into your body that may cause a number of health risks and complications.
There are even some plastic bottles that shouldn’t be consumed straight from the store! Plastic is essentiality a porous material, which means that (depending on the actual plastic makeup) various amounts of chemicals leach out into the liquid it contains. How long have those bottles been on the store shelf? How hot have they become during transportation and storage?
“Refilling disposable PET bottles can release harmful toxins from the packaging – especially when it gets heated. If you’re tasting plastic, you’re ingesting plastic.” Kyrona
And it is not just plastic bottles that could be harming your health. Certain aluminium bottles and cans have also been found to leach the chemical BPA also.
SOLUTIONS – what you should do.
- Avoid drinking water that is in plastic containers. Only buy water in glass bottles or specially labelled BPA/Phylate free packaging.
- Use stainless steel or glass water bottles. They are easily available nowadays and are great – just make sure you are buying stainless steel and not cheaper aluminium!
- It is safest and cheapest to filter, purify, energise and bottle your own water – then you know where it has come from and that it is safe.
- Become aware of the types of plastics that you can and can’t use (refer below).
- Read labels and be sure to buy only BPA/ Phthalate free bottles, eating and drinking utensils for your New Frequency Child. Glass is best, but the right plastics will suffice as glass is hard to find.
- Avoid using dangerous plastics for cooking (refer below), eating or drinking – try not to heat them up. Glad wrap is OK and certain containers are OK.
- Do not defrost your plastic wrapped meats in a microwave.
- Make detoxing a part of your lifestyle! One method I use is nutritional cleansing, which is achieved by regularly flooding your body with nutrition to eliminate and build up of toxicity. Another great method my family has embraced is having an organic RAW FOOD lifestyle (which the new children love and thrive upon). The good news is there are many good detox programs now available, but you do need to be careful to select a healthy nutritional and safe one (read the labels & ask around).
We live in a REAL world
OK I am sure that you are convinced of the merits of only offering your children organic, unprocessed foods and filtered or purified water, free of microwave heating, stored and served in BPA/ Phthalate free packaging – but lets face it in our very REAL daily lives we have moments where these things can be unavoidable. When these hopefully rare moments arise, I have a few frequency healing techniques that you can utilise to minimise or even negate the ill-effects. Refer to my article on this topic for details.
More of the facts.
What is BPA?
Industry uses more than 6 billion pounds of BPA every year to make the resins that line food cans and the polycarbonate plastics used to make baby bottles and many, many other products. The CDC says that 95% of us carry measurable amounts of BPA in our blood.
BPA acts like the sex hormone oestrogen. There is concern that BPA is behind hormone-linked trends in human health such as increased abnormal penis development in males, earlier sexual development in females, increases in neuro-developmental diseases such as ADHD and autism, increased child obesity, decreased sperm count, and more breast and prostate cancers.
There is also concern about neural and behavioural effects from BPA exposure in foetuses, infants, and children.
The effects of Bisphenol A (BPA) is a hotly contested topic, with many organisations around the globe conducting studies to further research the potential impacts of this chemical. Risks associated with increased levels of BPA in the body include:
- damage in developing brains and tissues
- affects development of foetuses, infants and children
- increase risk of type 2 diabetes and liver-enzyme
- increased the risk of cardiovascular diseases like angina, heart attack and coronary heart disease
- heightened risk of cancer later in life (in particular breast and prostate cancers)
- linked to a wide variety of problems such as cancer and obesity.
What are Phthalates
Phthalates are a class of widely used industrial compounds. There are many phthalates with many uses, and just as many toxicological properties – approximately a billion pounds are produced each year worldwide.
Phthalates are mainly used as plasticisers – substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity.
Phthalates are being phased out of many products in the United States and European Union over health concerns including:
- high level exposure lead to cancer risks
- occupational exposure leading to adult infertility
- male reproductive development is acutely sensitive to some phthalates
- potential links to asthma /wheezing and allergies
- in studies of rodents exposed to certain phthalates, high doses have been shown to change hormone levels and cause birth defects
- potential link between the obesity epidemic and endocrine disruption and metabolic interference
- in a national cross-section of U.S. men, concentrations of several prevalent phthalate metabolites showed statistically significant correlations with abnormal obesity and insulin resistance
Know what plastic you’re using – a summary of the plastic numbers used on plastic bottles.
Plastics are typically classified by a number from numbers 1-7, each number representing a different type of resin. That number is represented inside a recycling triangle symbol (made of three arrows in the triangular formation), these symbols are typically on the bottom of plastic containers.
The main resin types you and your family will encounter are summarised below:
#1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE): Found in such items as disposable soft drink and water bottles, cough-syrup bottles. PET plastic is the most common for single-use bottled beverages, because it is inexpensive, lightweight and easy to recycle. Historically considered safe to use, new evidence suggests that PET may not be so safe after all. Scientists at Goethe University in Frankfurt found that estrogenic compounds leach from the plastic into the water.
#2 high density polyethylene (HDPE): Found in such items as milk jugs, toys, liquid detergent bottles, shampoo bottles These plastics may release toxic breakdown products (including phthalates) into food and drinks. This is a safer plastic, generally recyclable
#3 polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC): Found in such items as meat wrap, cooking oil bottles, and plumbing pipes. These plastics plastics may release toxic breakdown products (including phthalates) into food and drinks. The risk is highest when containers start wearing out, are put through the dishwasher or when they are heated (including microwaved). PVC manufacturing can release highly toxic dioxins into the environment, and the materials can off-gas toxic plasticizers into your home
#4 low density polyethylene (LDPE): Found in such items as cling wrap, grocery bags, and sandwich bags. These are safer plastics and generally recyclable.
#5 polypropylene (PP): Found in such items as syrup bottles, yogurt cups/tubs, disposable nappies. These are safer plastics and generally recyclable.
#6 polystyrene (PS): Found in such items as disposable coffee cups, clam-shell take-out containers and the like. These plastics can release potentially toxic breakdown products (including styrene). Styrene is considered a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It may also disrupt hormones or affect reproduction. This release happens most when heated! Scary considering many of us drink our hot takeaway coffee from a styrofoam cup.
#7 other (misc.; usually polycarbonate, or PC, but also polylactide, or PLA, plastics made from renewable resources): Found in such items as baby bottles, some reusable water bottles, stain-resistant food-storage containers and medical storage containers. A wide range of plastic resins that don’t fit into the other six categories are lumped into number 7. Some are quite safe, but the ones to worry about are the hard polycarbonate varieties, as found in various drinking containers and rigid plastic baby bottles. Studies have shown polycarbonate can leach bisphenol A, a potential hormone disruptor, into liquids. No level of bisphenol A exposure is known to be truly safe.
It is really worth considering isn’t it!
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