Did you know that after touching a single printed register receipt, BPS and BPA coating chemicals can enter your bloodstream within minutes?
“There’s more BPA in a single thermal paper receipt than the total amount than would leach out from one polycarbonate water bottle used for many years,” said John Warner, Ph.D., of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry.
Research has linked BPA to an increased risk of breast and prostate cancers, cardiovascular disease, as well as brain development and reproductive abnormalities. BPA is mutagenic and pro-inflammatory.
Consumer Reports found toxic bisphenol A (BPA) or its chemical cousin bisphenol S (BPS) in 93% of the printed receipts tested. (See 6 practical actions to lower risk below)!
BPA and BPS In Small Doses
These endocrine disruptors mimic estrogen, disrupt thyroid hormone and otherwise interrupt the body’s normal functioning. Alongside the health issues I mentioned above, we see diabetes and obesity, too.
Female mice that were exposed to BPA as fetuses developed abnormalities of the ovaries, uterus, and vagina. Other studies found genetic abnormalities in eggs, an increased risk of mammary cancers, and early puberty in females. (source)
Unlike some chemicals that are only toxic at certain doses, scientists have found that even low doses of these chemicals can impact fetal development and may contribute to reproductive impairment, ADHD in boys, and autism.
The pregnant workers who handle toxic receipts (and their babies) may be the most vulnerable to exposure.
And say this aloud until it sinks in: BPS can disrupt normal maternal behaviors in the brain! Could this affect maternal bonding?
Click through the links! See the studies!
BPS as bad as BPA
It’s a classic case of a regrettable substitute.
What happens when you handle a toxic receipt?
Because of the way ink develops in thermal register paper, BPA and BPS are in their free form and not bound to the paper. When handled, the chemicals can easily transfer to anything the receipt touches:
- your hands
- your desk and pen/pencil/keyboard when balancing your books
- your credit card or money
- your steering wheel
- your bags
- your wallet and handbag
We know now that, even briefly, handling receipts leads to significant BPA or BPS absorption into the body.
Thermal paper also used for:
- cheese and deli meat labels
- most movie, theme park, and concert passes
- gas station receipts
- boarding passes
- restaurant food tickets
- library book receipts
- small and independent business receipts
It’s pretty hard to avoid. More BPA is absorbed when thermal paper is handled with greasy or wet fingers.
What you can do to minimize your risk:
1. Wear nitrile gloves (available online or at drugstores) if your job requires frequent contact with receipts.
2. Avoid handling thermal paper if you are pregnant and keep it out of children’s hands too. Studies suggest prenatal and early life exposure to BPA poses the greatest potential health risks. (source Consumer Reports)
3. Try to touch only the non-glossy backside, if you must handle a receipt (it still has BPA, but less).
4. Use a sealed plastic bag to store receipts you need to keep rather than carrying them loose in your wallet, purse or shopping bag. Toxicity apparently doesn’t lessen with time. The coating can just as easily rub off on other items and when you handle those, you’ll be picking up the BPA.
5. Wash your hands as soon as possible after touching receipts, especially before cooking or eating food. Use soap and water rather than alcohol-based hand sanitizers, which increase the skin’s ability to absorb BPA.
6. Decline paper receipts at gas pumps, ATMs or retail cash registers, opting instead to have your receipt e-mailed if you’re given that choice. If you can, use your smartphone for plane and train tickets.
Can TRS* (a cellular nano-zeolite detox) Remove BPA and BPS?
Advanced TRS binds and detoxes approximately 80,000 toxins and all heavy metals which exist environmentally, so TRS is ideal for this. (see ‘What is Advanced TRS?’ in FAQs)
Advanced TRS, the BLUE bottle at inspiredhealthtrs/order encapsulates positively-charged ionic material, so you can pee out your toxins about 6 hours later.
TRS binds things such as mercury, lead, nickel, aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, barium, ammonia, microplastics (components of plastics), etc. (including mycotoxins and MOLD byproducts).
TRS (clinoptilolite nano-zeolites) has been widely studied and the safety profile and metastudy of 142 total studies shows TRS:
- Binds heavy metals and over 80,000 toxins
- Adjusts the balance of vital nutrients like iron & calcium
- Supports intestinal microflora and pH
- Promotes healthy immune function
- (see ‘What is Advanced TRS?’ in FAQs)
TRS also reduces the overall toxic load on the liver.
[One bottle is 140 sprays (at full usage, 5/d., will last a month). We start at 1 spray/day for a week, then 2 (split AM and PM) a day for the second week and so on till up to 5/d. However, many only use 1-3 sprays/d. as a maintenance dose.]
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33
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