Safe New Plastics Making You Sick?
Toxic Attack: “Safe” New Plastics Could Make You Sick
For years, we fought to get a chemical called DEHP out of plastics. Studies suggest it could raise blood pressure, cause reproductive problems, damage your liver and kidneys, and more.
While it’s been used in very small amounts at a time, DEHP is in tens of thousands of products – including food packaging. In the course of a normal day, you could be exposed to DEHP hundreds – even thousands of times. It’s been used in everything from toys to rainwear to plastic wrap.
Industry did finally come up with alternatives – called DINP and DIDP – both closely related to DEHP. All three are phthalates – a class of chemicals linked to a host of health issues. But DINP and DIDP are safe.
At least that’s what we were told. But new research is bringing up old ghosts.
Two new studies on these chemicals show they may boost blood pressure, and interfere with insulin. Both these issues can lead to heart trouble.
The studies – from New York University (NYU) – found exposure to these new chemicals raised blood pressure in children and teens. In the second study, the NYU team discovered they make your body resistant to insulin.1
Insulin, as you probably know, is the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. When your body becomes resistant, your blood sugar can skyrocket… and lead to serious health issues.
This story has been repeated time and again. Mostly because most chemicals aren’t tested for safety before they’re put into use.
According to Scientific American, more than 90% of the chemicals in common use haven’t been safety tested.2 And a report in the journal Reproductive Toxicology claims barely a third of the additives in your food have been properly tested!3
Fortunately, you can boost your defenses against toxins with nutritional supplements. Colon cleansing is one way to flush out toxins. Another is to take nature’s detoxifiers regularly.
Among the most powerful of these detoxifiers is chlorella.
Chlorella is a single-celled plant that’s loaded with chlorophyll – often called Nature’s “master detoxifier.” Studies show chlorella strengthens your defenses several ways.
• Chlorella appears to boost reserves of certain types of immune cells and contribute to lower levels of some toxins.4, 5
• Smokers who took chlorella saw their antioxidant levels increase. Chlorella may help ease some of the free radical damage done by smoking.6
• In cultured cells, chlorella defends human DNA against hydrogen peroxide damage. H2O2 is a common source of free radical damage to cells.7
Chlorella, spirulina and chlorophyll are all powerful detoxifiers. Some organic greens supplements, like Best Life’s Pro-Greens Formula, offer all three – along with other greens as a source of energy and highly digestible nutrients. You can find it on our web site at www.blherbals.wpengine.com.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 “‘Safer’ Replacements For Harmful Chemical In Plastics May Be As Risky To Human Health, Studies Suggest,” NYU Langone Medical Center. July 8, 2015
2 Fischetti, M., “The Great Chemical Unknown: A Graphical View of Limited Lab Testing,” Scientific American. Oct 1, 2010.
3 Neltnera, T.G., et al, “Data gaps in toxicity testing of chemicals allowed in food in the United States,” Reproductive Toxicology. Dec 2013; 42: 85-94.
4 Otsuki, T., et al, “Salivary secretory immunoglobulin A secretion increases after 4-weeks ingestion of chlorella-derived multicomponent supplement in humans: a randomized cross over study,” Nutr J. Sep 9, 2011; 10 :91.
5 Nakano, S., et al, “Chlorella (Chlorella pyrenoidosa) supplementation decreases dioxin and increases immunoglobulin a concentrations in breast milk,” J Med Food. Mar 2007; 10(1): 134-142.
6 Lee, S.H., “Six-week supplementation with Chlorella has favorable impact on antioxidant status in Korean male smokers,” Nutrition. Feb 2010; 26(2): 175-183.
7 Makpol, S., et al, “Chlorella vulgaris modulates hydrogen peroxide-induced DNA damage and telomere shortening of human fibroblasts derived from different aged individuals,” Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. Jul 3, 2009; 6(4): 560-572.
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