Flint, MI: Trading One Toxin for Another?

Holy Hormones Journal: I know many of you are aware of the water crisis not only going on in Flint, MI – but in other cities across our country. The water issue has been in the news  daily. USA Today came out with a huge spread, Beyond Flint: Excessive lead levels found in almost 2,000 water systems across all 50 states  and TIME Magazine came out with an article at the end of March entitled : America’s Water Crisis Could Be Worse Than You Know:

‘We must be vigilant and rigorous testers of water’

The old saying is that “Water is Life.” But water quality is health. We must address formidable water issues to protect the public health of U.S. citizens and the bio-health of our planet in the future. ~ Joan B. Rose for Time Magazine

Somewhere along the way I read an article that said building built before 1988 – contain lead pipes. Look around – that includes government, schools, universities, daycare centers, 04.02.16 cam-water-bottles-shutterstock-e1442258444733historic hotels and the list could goes on.

Let me get to the point. Has anyone noticed the massive amounts of warehoused plastic water bottles in the pictures?  The headlines tout that the people in Flint are receiving the water for free – like the government is doing them justice. But I am asking, are we trading one toxin for another? Now a study is out that confirms that BPA in the plastic can lead to a rise in breast cancer and we do know that the heavy metal lead can cause neuro developmental problems. BPA leaches into the water in the bottles. If “water quality is health,” we are seriously missing the mark.

Many of us are aware that bottled water isn’t any better than the water that is coming out of your tap. So many people are being exposed to both toxins at once. Wonder how BPA and lead interact with each other? What is the mechanism of action?

If you are concerned about heavy metal toxicity – there is fortunately, a new kid on the block. Check out TOXYSolutions.com. The first at-home oral swab heavy metal and glyphosate test kit. If you are ill and want to know why – have your levels of heavy metals analyzed.

And ditch the plastic and the aluminum cans that are lined with BPA. All of it. Now.

BPA changes fetal development of the mammary gland, can raise breast cancer risk


Date:April 1, 2016
Source:The Endocrine Society

A new culture system that tests the role of chemical exposure on the developing mammary gland has found that bisphenol A (BPA) directly affects the mammary gland of mouse 04.02.16 BPAembryos. The study results, to be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society’s 98th annual meeting in Boston, show that these changes to embryonic mammary tissue occur at a dose comparable to that of humans’ environmental exposure to BPA.

“We exposure in the womb to endocrine disruptors such as BPA may be a main factor responsible for the increased incidence of breast cancer in women,” said the study’s lead investigator, Lucia Speroni, PhD, a research associate and member of the Soto-Sonnenschein lab at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

“We knew from our previous research that BPA causes changes to breast tissue associated with a higher predisposition to breast cancer later in life,” said Speroni, who helped develop the new biological assay. “However, until now, we did not know whether this was a direct effect on the fetus or an indirect effect from the mother’s exposure.”

BPA is a hormone-like industrial chemical that appears in many plastic and resin household products and food containers. It has been detected in most urine samples representative of the U.S. population. Research links BPA to numerous adverse health effects in humans, and it can cross the placenta in the womb.

Unlike typical in vitro cultures of cells, the new culture method is ex vivo, meaning that the growth of the whole mammary gland is examined outside the organism. The researchers extracted mammary buds, the early developing form of the mammary gland, from 14-day-old mouse embryos, which is a critical time for mammary development in rodents, according to Speroni. They then grew the mammary buds in culture dishes for five days. The mammary buds kept developing, allowing the investigators to observe how the mammary gland develops in real time, she said.

BPA is the first chemical the investigative team has tested using the new rapid bioassay. The study received funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation in Framingham, Mass.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.