Sometimes my patients’ eyes glaze over when I talk to them about dangerous chemicals in the environment – especially when I talk about bisphenol-A.
You probably know it better as BPA, the estrogenic, gender-bending chemical. But before your eyes glaze over too, here’s something everyone can relate to:
Breast cancer and prostate cancer are directly linked to BPA.
The details are scary. That’s why today I want to tell you about something unique I’ve discovered that can help you avoid the dangers.
The first study was done by biochemists at the University of Texas at Austin. The researchers found that BPA disrupts the genes that normally defend you from tumors.
Turns out, BPA links up with estrogen and other natural compounds to produce a lot of a molecule named RNA HOTAIR. And that’s bad because this molecule (HOX Transcript Antisense RNA) stops your natural tumor suppressors.
BPA increases RNA HOTAIR in both tumors and in breast tissue1. Then, it increases cancer, invasiveness, and metastases (the spread of cancer).
Fake estrogens like BPA are no good for men, either. The second study I found showed that men with prostate cancer have 4 times more BPA that those without cancer.
Even worse, BPA can cause both cancerous and non-cancerous cells to change.
Researchers looked at urine samples from 60 urology patients. Those with prostate cancer had 400% more BPA than people without cancer2. People younger than 65 had even more BPA in them.
What’s worse is what the scientists saw when they looked for abnormalities in prostate cells exposed to BPA. Those prostate cells – exposed to even tiny amounts of BPA – had up to 8 times the abnormalities.
BPA works fast, too. The researchers exposed cells with almost zero abnormalities to BPA. Within just two hours, almost 60% of cells had abnormalities.
They also discovered that BPA helps tumor cells grow, stick together, and form larger colonies.
If that doesn’t convince you to avoid BPA, I don’t know what will.
So what can you do to stop the estrogenic effects of BPA?
You may already know to look at the recycling labels on the bottom of plastic items and avoid #3 and #7 plastics, because they often contain BPA. And that it’s a good idea to cook and store food in ceramic, glass and stainless steel (I don’t recommend aluminum because it’s linked with Alzheimer’s disease). Plus, I’ve written to you about not touching store receipts because they often have BPA on them.
But there’s something that can help keep BPA from getting in your system. I wrote about it in a recent issue of Confidential Cures … and I’m including it in my upcoming book Healing Herbs from Paradise: Rediscovering Health Secrets from Bali.
My friends in Bali, West and Lelir often cook with cloves, or “cengkeh” as they call it.
And while I was doing research on ways to lower excess estrogen in the body I found something that modern medicine has overlooked. Cloves have an estrogen-lowering compound called eugenol.
Eugenol helps keep your body from absorbing estrogens, including fake estrogens like BPA. It helps your stomach flush them right out of your body3,4.
You can also get eugenol into your diet with other herbs and spices too, like:
A good way to get eugenol through supplementation is by using clove oil. Make sure you use 100% pure clove oil. Dilute just a tiny bit in almond or olive oil. They will help you absorb it better.
Learn more about how to defend your body from too much estrogen by naturally balancing your hormones and other “staying healthy tips” by subscribing to my daily nutrition and wellness emails, “Doctor’s House Call” or my monthly newsleter, “Confidential Cures”.
1. Bhan A, Hussain I, Ansari K, Bobzean S, Perrotti L, Mandal S. “Bisphenol-A and diethylstilbestrol exposure induces the expression of breast cancer associated long noncoding RNA HOTAIR in vitro and in vivo.” J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2014;141C:160-170. 2. Tarapore P, Ying J, Ouyang B, Burke B, Bracken B, Ho S. “Exposure to bisphenol a correlates with early-onset prostate cancer and promotes centrosome amplification and anchorage-independent growth in vitro.” PLoS One. 2014;9(3):e90332. 3. Basu N, et. al. “Gastrointestinally Distributed UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A10, Which Metabolizes Estrogens and Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs, Depends upon Phosphorylation.” J Bio Chem, 2004;279, 28320-28329. 4. Basu N, et. al. “… Properties of the Major Human UGT1-encoded Gastrointestinal UDP-glucuronosyltransferases Enhance Potential to Control Chemical Uptake.” J Bio Chem, 2004;279, 1429-1441.