BPA Effects: Avoid these Containers for Adrenal Fatigue Health
Originally discovered in 1891 by a Russian chemist, BPA (or Bisphenol A) has gone through a long history of uses in many fields and is subject to past, ongoing, and emerging health concerns about its use in food production and storage. Despite many issues that have been raised about its usage, the FDA and its European counterpart have yet to ban its usage. Studies into BPA effects, have linked it to many abnormalities and issues, and it seems to be undergoing a lot of research regarding its link to cancer, neural and behavioral effects, accelerated puberty, and obesity. A new study is linking its perinatal exposure to future food sensitivities, findings which could have huge implications for our health.
According to this study, in a wide spectrum of rat babies, exposure to BPA with a particular protein during the sensitive days just before and after birth caused that food protein to become less well tolerated in their future lives. The protein in this study was the antigen ovalbumin (OVA), which is the main protein in egg whites, accounting for about 60-65% of the total protein. Post-BPA exposure, or exposure after they’d been previously exposed to the protein and BPA, caused colonic inflammation and heightened immune function, signaling to your body the need to fight. What does this mean? Well if we’d been exposed to a substance and BPA simultaneously, there’s a chance that we could be intolerant of whatever that substance is later in our lives, no matter how good that substance would otherwise be.
BPA and Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
Those with Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) are aware of food and dietary sensitivities and just how important diet is to recovery and living well. While we know that the US diet has many failings, we are coming to see that no matter how well we eat, we can still be the victim of questionable packaging in our youths and come to develop sensitivities and issues around our diet. This study highlights that very well.
But what of BPA effects? The interaction between what our food has come into contact with and how it affects our bodies is also significant as part of the larger consideration of chemicals and compounds prevalent in the modern world that our bodies have not had to contend with in the past. Many synthetic materials such as plastics or preservatives have unknown properties when interacting with the human body, and can be a significant source of stress.
The abundance and omnipresence of synthetic compounds means this stress is chronic and unabating, putting a large burden on the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) circuits that comprise the body’s response to stress. The organs and systems of the NEM stress response are spread throughout the body and include parts of the immune system, cognitive functions, gastrointestinal tract, and endocrine glands. When stress is chronic and severe enough to overwhelm the body’s stress response, these components of the NEM system become dysfunctional and create symptoms of stress. Increased allergies and sensitivity to foods and chemicals is one of these symptoms, and the synthetic materials used to transport and package food may be one of the insidious culprits contributing to it. It’s important that we as individuals and in our respective countries become aware of how our food is sourced and packaged.
Considered an “endocrine disruptor,” the French study details that when a rat is exposed to a food and BPA effects, that rat’s immune system will create intolerance to that particular food. As a result, they’ve banned it in food containers in 2013 and in all food packaging by 2015. This is worth considering as a parent with AFS. If you’re feeding your children well, but using containers in countries where BPA is still considered safe, are you setting them up for food intolerances, AFS, or something even worse? Certainly other governments will follow the French in this regard, but it’s important to suggest the results of these studies to anyone in a place of power, corporate owners and elected officials.
While studies continue in France, Europe, and the US, those of us with food intolerances and AFS must consider spreading the word more widely to be aware of what you’re consuming, even what it’s been packaged, stored, and shipped in. We can vote with our dollars, by selecting corporations who follow cutting edge research and are willing to take the extra steps to support BPA free packaging.
Thank you for your excellent research and for sharing it!