"What doesn’t kill you makes you strong!"
It might be true in some cases, but certainly it does not apply to every aspect of life, especially health.
Our fast-paced modern society often leads us to adopt a quick-fix attitude towards health, disease, symptoms, and cures. This can lead to superficial solutions that don't address the underlying causes of our problems.
Most people underestimate the potential long-term health risks of processed foods, dietary habits, and toxins, even when they are warned about them. This is because these health risks are often not immediate, and people tend to focus on the present more than the future.
We can spend years or even decades accumulating toxins in our bodies from processed foods or the environment without taking precautions, often because we are young and healthy.
By the time we notice the damage, it may be too late.
Negligent and careless attitudes towards health can have a high price. When health problems arise later, many of them related to the endocrine system, infertility, and neurological disorders, we fail to connect the dots, even when all the evidence is there.
Lately I have been increasingly concerned about the unnecessary and constant exposure to endocrine disruptors in food stickers, which are present on produce in every supermarket in the USA.
Did you know that many food stickers contain dangerous endocrine disruptors such as BPA and BPS, as well as other toxic chemicals?
These toxins are everywhere, not only on food produce but also on receipts from groceries, prescriptions, gas, clothing, and restaurant meals.
These receipts are normally printed on thermal paper, which is coated with either Bisphenol-A (BPA) or its chemical cousin Bisphenol-S (BPS).
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used to make plastics. It can enter our bodies through ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact.
Studies have shown that BPA can be absorbed through the skin and end up in the bloodstream after handling receipt paper for just a few seconds or minutes.
This is very alarming.
Most European countries have banned thermal paper and food stickers on most products, but the US has not taken similar precautions.
This is a serious issue, especially for growing children and young women who wish to become pregnant.
I was so shocked by the lack of serious regulation on thermal paper and produce stickers that I started a petition to urge the FDA to take action.
You can find the petition, and sign if you wish, "Say NO to thermal receipts and produce stickers!".
In the meantime, handle receipts as little as possible and go paperless whenever possible by asking for e-receipts instead.
Be your own health advocate.
Stay informed and honor your precious body!
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