Bisphenol A (BPA) Profile
Bisphenol A (BPA) is found mostly in plastics labeled with the recycling codes 3 or 7. BPA is a key monomer used to produce polycarbonate plastic. This type of plastic is usually clear and shatter- proof. Other uses of BPA consist of epoxy resins, which are used to coat the inside of food and beverage cans. BPA studies have been linked to obesity, neurological development delays in infants, thyroid disruption, developmental issues of sexual organs in infants, and sexual dysfunction in adults. Exposure to BPA occurs mostly through digestion of food and liquids that have been stored and heated in plastic materials.
Triclosan is an anti-microbial and preservative agent used in personal care products such as toothpaste, shaving cream, and hand soaps. Exposure occurs from use of these products in the home. Triclosan bioaccumulates in the body and is considered to block thyroid activity affecting metabolism and thyroid hormone signaling.
Often used as a surfactant, 4-nonylphenol is found in industrial detergents, foaming agents, dispersants, and emulsifiers. Most exposure is through the skin. 4-Nonylphenol is also an endocrine disruptor.
Evaluate levels of these endocrine disruptors with the Bisphenol A Profile to determine if avoidance and detoxification are needed.