August 12, 2010

Health Concern over BPA Exposure

Filed under: diabetes,heart disease,plastic bottles — Tags: , , , , , — robertprice @ 4:25 pm

water bottle, BPA, BPA free, waterBisphenol A, also known as BPA, is an industrial chemical that is used in the manufacturing of many products that we use every day. This chemical is most commonly found in hard plastics, including food storage containers, plastic bottles, dental sealants, toys and the linings of food cans. Recent concern has arisen over the effects of prolonged exposure to BPA, after a cross-sectional study revealed that those with high BPA exposure have an increased the risk of heart disease and diabetes, while another study links BPA to liver damage and hormonal interference leading to obesity.

The Canadian government has already taken steps to limit BPA exposure to infants. In 2008, Canada was the first country to ban the use of baby bottles containing BPA, and additionally labeled BPA as a toxic chemical. However, there are still many products available in Canada that contain BPA, such as CDs, DVDs, water bottles and food cans. Before BPA can be phased out from the manufacturing process of Canadian products, more research must be accumulated in order to officially determine BPA as a dangerous substance. Luckily, that time is coming soon, as the Food and Drug Association has partnered with the US Department of Health and Human Services and additionally the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health intend to launch a thirty million dollar research initiative to observe the health implications of BPA exposure.

Until that time comes, there are several ways that you can help to reduce your exposure to BPA chemicals, from eating fresh foods to refraining from microwaving food in plastic containers. When buying new plastic containers for water or food storage, make sure that the products that you are buying are BPA-free. Many plastic-manufacturers have recently begun to develop BPA-free products in response to consumer requests. If you’re wondering whether your current plastic-ware is BPA-free, you can identify the type of plastic by the recycling number on the bottom of the container. Numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5 are all guaranteed to be free of BPA and are safe for both you and your family to use. Reducing your exposure to BPA now may prove to an important and extremely beneficial decision, as it will reduce your risk of developing heart disease, liver problems and diabetes, while vastly improving your quality of life overall.

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January 18, 2010

Choosing the Safest Water Bottle

There are different types of water bottles available at various prices, styles, and materials. Recently it has been revealed that a lot of bottles pose threats to one’s health. Listed below are the safest water bottles of every type of material available.

Thin Plastic Bottles–
Those bottles of water you buy at the grocery store are filled with great healthy water, but the bottle itself contains harmful materials. These harmful chemicals found in many plastic water bottles, food containers, and aluminum soda cans is called Bisphenol A (BPA). It has been linked to cancer, sexual dysfunction, and heart disease. These concerns which were recently raised apply most significantly to children, infants, and fetuses. Over 90 percent of the American population has traces of BPA in their urine.

The safest plastic water bottle available is under the brand name “Nalgene”; they also make “Lexan” water bottles. Other safe brands are Tritan, Kor and Camelbak. All bottles without BPA will have a label saying “BPA free” visible on them. Another way to check your plastic bottle to find if it is safe or not is through the recycling symbol branded on the bottom of the bottle. If the symbol is a number 2, 4 or 5, it is safe to drink from repeatedly. The most common type of water bottle will have a number 1 on the bottom which means you should either not buy these bottles at all or you should only drink from them once.

Durable Plastic Bottles–
These plastic bottles, common for joggers and campers, are one step up from the grocery store bottle. These bottles are made of polycarbonate. A lot of other things are made of polycarbonate as well. Sunglasses, iPods, CD’s, exc. These bottles are the only dangerous polycarbonate material because we drink from it. BPA is also found (in lower amounts) in these durable plastic bottles. It is best not to heat up these bottles as the BPA is released more quickly. Baby bottles are also made out of polycarbonate and are very dangerous.
The best brand for a safe durable plastic bottle is Klean Kanteen. This brand uses very little to no BPA in its material.

Aluminum Bottles–

Sigg is the best brand for aluminum bottles. They have over 144 designs to choose from and have claimed to have 0.0% rate of leaching of BPA. This was found to be untrue but they have made upgrades and are the best company available for safe aluminum bottles (the EcoCare line). Sigg offers a lifetime warranty with each of their water bottles.

Stainless Steel Bottles

Stainless steel bottles are the safest and most highly recommended Klean Kanteen is the best brand, followed by New Wave Enviro, Earthlust, Bilt, thinksport, and Guyot Designs. Stainless steel does not leech, and is extremely durable. Although it is the most expensive option, it is the best and safest one. Stainless steel bottles can be reused for years with no BPA leaching. These water bottles are the greenest choice.

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CanDrugstore.com, a Canadian Internet-based pharmacy intermediary (license #BC X23), offers low cost, long-term prescription drugs. A professionally registered pharmacist fills all Canadian prescriptions. A certified member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, CanDrugstore.com is ranked as one of the best Canadian pharmacies online by PharmacyChecker.com. For more information on how to order your drugs from Canada safely and securely call 1-866-444-6376 or visit http://www.candrugstore.com/- a trusted and reliable Canadian online pharmacy since 2002.