It is a sad part of our reality that we are bombarded virtually every moment of the day by environmental toxins: the polluted air we breathe, the poisoned water we drink, the contaminated food we ingest, the disturbing images we see, the jarring and harsh sounds we hear, the negative people we interact with, the stress from our jobs, the unnatural electromagnetic frequencies from much of our technology, the fear peddled on mainstream news, the list goes on.
While the environmental toxins are unavoidable entirely, we can arm ourselves with a heightened awareness to avoid them when possible and to detoxify our bodies after the fact so that no further damage is done.
Humans fancy themselves as having broken free of the food chain. While it might be true that we don’t have predators outright trying to eat us, generally speaking, we must still be on high alert for the dangerous elements of our environment that threaten our survival. If you look at the wars, genocide, uneven distribution of food, wastefulness of societal systems, oppression, psychological manipulation, et cetera, it is clear that humans are the number one threat to human survival. What humankind lacks is humanity.
One such environmental toxin that many people have become mindful of in recent years is a petrochemical called Bispehnol A (BPA). It has been used in the production of plastics and epoxies for many years. BPA mimics estrogen in the body and feminizes men over time.
BPA has also been linked to heart disease, diabetes, asthma, aggression, neurological disorders, earlier onset of puberty, metabolic disruption, increased risk for miscarriage, several types of cancer, lowering of testosterone, obesity, endocrine disruption, kidney damage, and erectile dysfunction.
A surprising hiding place for BPA is in store receipts. That’s right, a petrochemical hiding in paper receipts. Because BPA can enter the body through mere skin contact AND because it accumulates in tissue cells, every time you touch a receipt you are increasing your risk for the aforementioned health problems.
Some stores, principally health food stores, are consciously switching over to BPA-free receipts to protecting the health of their customers and employees. Although they cost more, this investment is well worth it. This author personally works at a store that uses BPA-free receipts and I am able to shop with a peaceful state of mind knowing that I can take my receipt without taking a risk.