The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) dropped a bomb on Friday (16 June 2018). It classified bisphenol A as a category of substances of very high concern, ie the highest level of toxicity according to the criteria of the European Agency. This victory comes too late: the disastrous effects of bisphenol A already affect millions of citizens suffering from breast cancer, genital malformations, diabetes, behavioral disorders (autism, hyperactivity, etc.)! But in any case, biphenol A is no longer the problem. Prohibited since 1 January 2015 in food containers, it was replaced by bisphenol S, its twin brother in even worse! According to Prof. Jean-François Narbonne, toxicologist at ANSES: "Bisphenol S is even worse than Bisphenol A because it is more persistent in the environment!" 1
Dare to look at the situation in front We know that two centuries of industrial development have resulted in our environment, and therefore our food, and therefore our bodies themselves, being invaded by: POPs, or "persistent organic pollutants" (PCB, benzene, chlordane, toxaphene). These are molecules capable of bioaccumulation in living tissues. Their quantity increases along the food chain. In men, they are found concentrated in the brain, liver, adipose tissue where they cause tumors, behavioral disorders, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, sterility; Endocrine disrupters, which mimic the properties of hormones and cause physiological abnormalities (in the functioning of organs), in particular the reproductive organs; They act at very low doses and disrupt the body, often in a discreet manner. These include organochlorine pesticides, plasticizers such as phthalates, medicines, in particular birth control pills; Bisphenol A is a part of it; it is a molecule very similar to Distilbene, a drug supposed to avoid miscarriages, but which caused thousands of malformations in children2; (Today, Distilbene is banned except in humans in the treatment of prostate cancer); Harmful food additives such as aspartame, monosodium glutamate, saccharin, inosinates, quinoline yellow, tartrazine and many others; Classic cosmetics that contain aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan and other toxins that seep through the skin, especially at the armpits where they can migrate and cause breast cancer. At the same time, modern lifestyles also expose us to many toxins that act as poisons on the body: fine particles from diesel engines, heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium), pollutants from groundwater Conventional agriculture, dioxins from household waste incinerators. Faced with these threats, eating organic has become indispensable, and especially select whole foods, which can be recognized as opposed to prepared meals and processed foods.
Other essential precautions
Plastics must be avoided, especially in the food industry and especially for cooking and microwave-heated dishes: use bottles and containers made of glass, ceramic, terracotta. Do not be impressed by the labels "without bisphenol A" that have flourished everywhere, since they almost certainly contain other types of bisphenol, just as harmful. Practice regular detox cures, periods of youth, and consume draining and purifying products. I am thinking in particular of this extraordinary microalgae which is chlorella, which blocks heavy metals and increases urinary excretion (elimination by urine) of the heavy metal cadmium.3 Traditionally, our ancestors consumed seasonal foods that had the reputation of "cleansing the blood": spring birch sap cure, dandelion to stimulate the liver and pancreas and extract toxins from the blood, raw carrots to clean the blood Liver, blueberries and blueberry juice in summer, raw apples and fresh apple juice in autumn reputed to "keep away the doctor", garlic all year. Drink good water. The good water helps cleanse the blood, kidneys, evacuate toxins from the whole body. The good water is the one that is least loaded possible in chlorine, residues of drugs, lead, aluminum and phthalates, all products unfortunately present in tap water. The ideal solution is to install a reverse osmosis filter to filter tap water. The second solution is to drink bottled spring water. Both are costly. Plastic bottled water produces a lot of waste. So it's a problem that we have to deal with collectively. Finally, it is essential to think about the textiles that are worn: synthetic fibers and dyes are a major source of volatile pollutants. We breathe them, they form a "bath" of invisible scents. Moreover, the textile industry is the second most polluting behind that of oil. It is the main producer of chromium 6 hevavalent. The ideal is to choose clothes in wool, cotton, linen or other vegetable fibers, colored by natural dyes. The problem of clothing is the same as the textiles and coatings that surround us in cars, at home and in public places. If you have the opportunity to live in an old house made of wood, brick, stone, lime, or better still, of raw earth, it is as many pollutants that you will not breathe anymore. Cheers ! JM Dupuis