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40% of All Store Receipts Covered In Dangerous Hormone-Disrupting Chemical
A scientific study has found that receipts from ATM’s, grocery stores, fast food restaurants and gas stations contain massive amounts of bisphenol A (BPA), the harmful chemical that is known to cause fertility problems and cancer.
Huge quantities of the chemical were discovered coating 40% of all U.S. thermal activated paper receipts. The lab also discovered that the chemical was easily transferable from the receipt onto anything it came into contact with, including the skin of anyone handling the paper. BPA from receipts can transfer to skin and penetrate so deeply that it cannot be washed off and can even enter the bloodstream.
Major retailers using the BPA-containing receipts include McDonald’s, CVS, KFC, Whole Foods, Walmart, and the U.S. Postal Service, according to research. Safeway was found to have the highest amounts of BPA on their receipts, at a level of up to 41 milligrams.
“There are readily available non-BPA thermal paper receipts already being used by thousands of retailers, therefore the route of exposure to the chemical in this instance could be easily rectified,” the researchers say.  Retailers can easily make the transition to BPA-free paper.
Although the FDA and the EPA, citing just two chemical-industry studies, still officially consider the synthetic estrogen-like chemical to be safe, hundreds of independent studies, which the feds have ignored, have linked BPA to genital abnormalities, early puberty, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and fertility problems.
Another new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association found that higher levels of BPA in people’s urine were associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and liver problems.
* Search for unlucky 7. Avoid “#7″ plastic food or beverage containers (check for the numbered triangle on the bottom of the container). Safer plastics for storing your consumables are numbers 2, 4, and 5. Better yet, go for ceramic, stainless steel, or glass.
* Avoid canned food (at least until food makers stop lining their cans with BPA). If you can’t completely avoid cans, be aware that BPA is prone to leach into acidic foods like tomatoes or pasta sauces. BPA is fat-soluble, too, so if you eat canned tuna, make sure it’s packed in water, not oil.
* Keep plastic cool. Avoid heating any plastic container, since this promotes leaching.
 
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
Several of our articles this week are on chemicals in our environment and the propensity for those chemicals to cause cancer. When I see several items come by my desk on a single topic I pay attention—someone is trying to tell me something I have a feeling!
 
As mentioned in the article regarding the premature puberty, again bisphenol A (BPA) is a xeno-estrogen. Excess estrogens are responsible in multiple hormonally associated complications and illnesses including cancer. This is a really tricky one because it is not like we had a say in what our receipts are made of! Unlike being able to choose our foods and avoiding pesticides and avoiding inhaling petroleum fumes, this one is sneaky—we never even knew about it! Unfortunately that is the way of the modern chemical world we live. We can do our best to avoid chemicals all around us but still they will make their way into our spaces. 
 
Don’t eat food that is cooked in plastic or water that is stored in plastic.  Cleanse and detoxify chemicals with botanical cleanses and fasting in addition to colonic hydrotherapy and saunas which are the best ways to liberate them in your tissues. Maintain cleansing 2-4 times yearly and be sure to let your retailer know that you are not okay with chemicals on your receipts. If you don’t say something, who will?
 
Be well~
 
Andrew Iverson 
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