Are you surrounded by BPA and other endocrine disruptors? Bisphonel A, commonly known as BPA, is a chemical used in many plastic products including bottled water, soda, and storage containers for food leftovers. This harmful chemical can affect endocrine, nervous, and immune systems. Pregnant women, fetuses, infants, and children are at high risk to even small amounts of exposure as it can cause problems in neurological development in fetuses and behavioral problems.

BPA is commonly found in baby bottles, water bottles, food containers, beverage containers, plastic dinnerware, thermal paper receipts, medical and dental devices, eyeglass lenses, and household electronics.

Triclosan is an ingredient used in many personal care products such as deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, and shaving creams to reduce or prevent the growth of bacteria. Triclosan bioaccumulates in the body and is considered to block thyroid activity affecting metabolism and thyroid hormone signaling. Triclosan is also being added to many consumer products such as toys, bedding, and trash bags. Exposure occurs through the use of these products in the home.

Triclosan is commonly found in deodorant, hand soap, toothpaste, shaving cream, mouthwash, cosmetics, and cleaning supplies.

4-nonylphenol is a chemical that disrupts the endocrine system. This toxic chemical is found in industrial detergents, wetting and foaming agents, and more.

Most exposure to 4-nonylphenol occurs through the skin. 4-nonylphenol can be found in detergents, carpet cleaners, pesticides, dry cleaning, cosmetics, paints and coating, household products, and paper manufacturing.

Health problems associated with exposure of these three types of endocrine disruptors are morbidity/obesity, adult onset diabetes, early puberty, reproductive system abnormalities, hormonal imbalance, thyroid disruption, ADD/ADHD, neurological development disorders, allergies, and increased cancer risk.

BPA toxicity often lies at the root of many chronic illnesses such as ADD/ADHD, Adult onset diabetes, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disease, brain fog, chemical sensitivities, chronic bacterial, fungal, or viral infections, chronic neurological illnesses, cognitive difficulties, developmental disorders, diabetes, early puberty, fatigue, fibromyalgia, hormonal imbalances, infertility, inrceased risk for cancer, mood disorders, neurological developmental disorders, obesity, reproductive system disorders, thyroid disruption.

This service is provided through Hoffman Clinic for Optimal Health.To find possible sources of exposure, fill out our Environmental Questionnaire on line at our Welcome section, and visit, and call for an appointment at 813-985-5190 for testing.

Kelly Miller, DC NMD FASA FBAARM CFMP*,  health coach consultant, for Hoffman Clinic for Optimal Health.

*Not currently licensed in Florida.