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  • 'Gender-Bending' Chemicals in Plastic Packaging Linked to Migraines

    Plastic bottles and other packaging can cause migraines, according to new research published in the journal Toxicological Sciences.

    Biphenol A, a chemical used in plastic, can cause the debilitating headaches. Migraines have been linked to sudden changes in levels of the female hormone estrogen, which BPA mimics.

    BPA has already been linked to obesity, infertility and heart attacks. While public pressure forced the plastics industry to stop using BPA in baby bottles several years ago, the chemical is still widely used in food packaging. It's also found in sales receipts and shower curtains.

    The good news is that BPA levels fell sharply after just three days of avoiding plastic, the researchers said. They urged migraine sufferers to cut their exposure to BPA by not using plastic water bottles, microwave trays, canned foods or office water coolers.

    A story on the findings appeared Dec. 1 in the U.K.'s Daily Mail. Full link appears here.

    I founded Glassery this year to offer healthy alternatives for plastic in food use. As more research is conducted, plastic is looking worse and worse. While this particular report focused on BPA, thousands of other chemicals used to make plastic have yet to be tested or have already been found to be even more dangerous.

    But don't take my word for it. I'm just a concerned mom. Read the writings of a true expert: Shanna H. Swan, who has spent 25 years studying the threats posed by chemicals to our environment and health  Ms. Swan is a PhD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Department of Preventive Health. She is particularly concerned by the chemicals that our bodies can confuse with its own hormones (endocrine-disrupting chemicals) -- and she says those chemicals come from plastics.

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