BPA health warnings hit mainstream news

PlasticBottlesBisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that is ubiquitous in our society, is commonly found in plastic containers, food can linings–and even cash register receipts. Scientists and natural health advocates have long known that the chemical has been linked to disruption of hormones and other bodily functions, but now that knowledge has gone mainstream in the aftermath of a study connecting BPA to a far greater risk of miscarriage.

The UK Telegraph reported that in a study of 114 pregnant women with a history of infertility or miscarriage, those whose blood tests showed the highest levels of BPA during early pregnancy were found to be 80 percent more likely to miscarry than women with low levels.

The findings will undoubtedly spur much further study on this particular chemical, but meanwhile Stanford endoctrinologist Ruth Lathi suggests that couples looking to conceive “avoid canned food (particularly canned tomatoes whose acids leach BPA at double speed) , avoid cooking or heating plastic, and then avoid unnecessary cash register receipts!”