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TOXICITY | Bisphenol A (BPA) + Parabens + Phthalates + Organophosphates | BIG

NORDIC LABORATORIES

R 9,980.85

"JOINCIRCLES enables you to own your own medical data. After buying an advanced biochemistry test here, we’ll send your test kit out the next working day. When your kit arrives, do the test and call our courier to collect – follow the simple instructions in the kit. The lab will take around 21 working days to analyse your sample from the time they receive your sample. When your results are ready, I'll email them directly to you. To get the full value from your results, we highly recommend that you contact a healthcare practitioner from our ‘Practitioner Circle’ to take you through your results. This will help you understand how and where to focus your efforts. They may suggest additional relevant blood, blood spot and urine biochemistry tests that you can do going forward, to measure and track your risks and potentials. After your consult, you could book a wellness coaching appointment with Margie to get you started and keep you on track. Once you have your biochemistry results, you can start shopping for your personalised nutrition, environment and lifestyle choices on JOINCIRCLES.com. This is how you start on your journey towards optimal wellness! Please contact me if you need help choosing the right test and/or practitioner for your needs". Dr Heidi | drheidi@joincircles.com

Our Bisphenol A (BPA) + Parabens + Phthalates + Organophosphates | BIG test can be used to determine your exposure and possible toxic burden of these harmful endocrine disruptors that are so common in our environment today.

Establishing whether you have toxic levels of any of this test's analytes can be a "first step" to help you get on the road to optimal wellness. If you do have raised levels, this test is a useful tool in designing your treatment plan.

This test is the most comprehensive environmental toxin exposure test we stock. It's is a combo of our Bisphenol A (BPA) test, our Parabens + Phthalates test, and our Organophosphates test.

More info

BPA, parabens, phthalates are endocrine disruptors - chemicals that mimic our own hormones, in particular, estrogen. These chemicals are called 'xenoestrogens' – ‘xeno’ means ‘foreign’ or ‘from the outside’.

Xenoestrogens weakly bind to estrogen receptors, block our thyroid hormone action, and negatively affect our endocrine, nervous and immune systems.

Organophosphates are neurotoxins (nerve toxins). We may eat them on fruit and vegetables that have been sprayed with pesticides and insecticides containing organophosphates. 

While the amounts consumed rarely cause acute illness, these "organophosphate" insecticides have the potential to cause long-term damage to the brain and the nervous system - this is particularly relevant in children because their brains and nervous systems are rapidly growing and extremely vulnerable to injury during fetal development, infancy and early childhood.

Why test for BPA, parabens, phthalates & organophosphates?

Toxicity often lies at the root of many lifestyle-related chronic illnesses. Endocrine disruptors may play a role in hormonal and neurological development disorders, obesity, thyroid disruption, and adult-onset diabetes.

Babies in the womb, babies and children are most susceptible to hormonal and neurological development issues from exposure. Xenoestrogens can affect the development of their tiny reproductive organs and neurological systems even while in the womb.

A mother's body uses breast milk, like sweat, to excretes many of her body’s toxins. A baby’s early exposure to endocrine disruption can lay the foundation for various lifestyle-related chronic diseases later in life. This test is a great option for women thinking of falling pregnant.

Organophosphates can be dangerous to the neurological development of children and babies in the womb and can a cause lower IQ. Other health effects include chronic fatigue, asthma, wheeze, immune system disorders, impaired memory, disorientation, depression, irritability, flu-like symptoms, and may increase the risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Most exposure to organophosphates occurs from eating food contaminated with organophosphates (fruit and vegetables sprayed with pesticides containing organophosphates) but you can also be exposed if your skin comes into direct contact with pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fertilisers that contain organophosphates.

Forty organophosphate pesticides are registered for use in the United States, the most common being Malathion®. Malathion® is widely used in agriculture, landscaping, and mosquito control. Other common organophosphates include parathion, methyl parathion,

Other common organophosphates include parathion, methyl parathion, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, dichlorvos, phosmet, fenitrothion, tetrachlorvinphos, and azinphos-methyl. You may find some of these agents in your local hardware store under the names Malathion®, Diazinon®, Sevin® Dust, and Baygon®.

Awareness of your possible toxicity with these endocrine and nervous system disrupting chemicals is a very useful tool in your treatment plan. Stopping the source of the endocrine disruptors and regularly detoxifying your bodying is another in achieving optimal wellness. 

Sources of exposure

BPA

Bisphenol A (BPA) is found mostly in plastics labelled with the recycling codes 3 or 7. BPA is a key monomer used to produce polycarbonate plastic. This type of plastic is usually clear and shatter-proof. Other uses of BPA consist of epoxy resins, which are used to coat the inside of food and beverage cans. BPA studies have been linked to obesity, neurological development delays in infants, thyroid disruption, developmental issues of sexual organs in infants, and sexual dysfunction in adults. Exposure to BPA occurs mostly through digestion of food and liquids that have been stored and heated in plastic materials.

  • Baby bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Food containers
  • Beverage containers
  • Plastic dinnerware
  • Thermal paper receipts
  • Medical and dental devices
  • Eyeglass lenses
  • Household electronics

Triclosan

Triclosan is an antimicrobial and preservative agent used in personal care products such as toothpaste, shaving cream, and hand soaps. Exposure occurs from use of these products in the home. Triclosan bioaccumulates in the body and is considered to block thyroid activity affecting metabolism and thyroid hormone signalling.

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving cream
  • Mouthwash
  • Hand soaps
  • Cosmetics
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Children's toys

4-Nonylphenol

Often used as a surfactant, 4-nonylphenol is found in industrial detergents, foaming agents, dispersants, and emulsifiers. Most exposure is through the skin. 4-Nonylphenol is also an endocrine disruptor.

Evaluate levels of these endocrine disruptors with our Bisphenol A (BPA) test to determine if avoidance and detoxification are needed.

  • Detergents
  • Pesticides

    Phthalates

    Phthalates, also called "plasticisers", are found in numerous everyday products, including children's toys, cosmetics, cleaning products, air fresheners, perfumes, furniture, vinyl flooring, plastic food containers, and many medical products.

    Di-(2–ethylhexyl) phthalate ester (DEHP) is a common additive to Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). This additive helps make PVC soft and pliable to be moulded into eye-pleasing shapes. PVC products are marked with the plastic identification code 3. The analytes measured in this profile are metabolites of DEHP. In perfumes and air fresheners, phthalates are often listed as "fragrance".

    • Children's toys
    • Cosmetics
    • Cleaning products
    • Air fresheners
    • Perfumes
    • Furniture
    • Vinyl flooring
    • Plastic food containers
    • Medical products

    Parabens

    Parabens are used as preservatives to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi in personal care products, including shampoo and conditioners, soaps, makeup, lotions and creams, shaving gels, hair gel, and prepackaged foods.

    • Shampoo and conditioners
    • Soaps
    • Makeup
    • Lotions and creams
    • Shaving gels
    • Hair gels
    • Pre-packaged foods

    Organophosphates

    Organophosphate pesticides/insecticides are nerve agents that inactivate the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, which is essential to nerve function. Though organophosphates breakdown rapidly when they’re exposed to sunlight, air, and soil, chronic toxicity can still occur as these chemicals are used on food crops, orchards, and food storage centres.

    • Agricultural crops and orchards
    • Citrus crops
    • Greenhouses
    • Stored grain, corn, and seeds
    • Residential lawns
    • Residences
    • Commercial property
    • Pet flea collars and treatments
    • Termiticides
    • Livestock
    • Ant/roach baits
    • Mosquito control

    Who would benefit from this test?

    Bisphenol A (BPA) test

    Anyone with 1 or more of the following symptoms or condition: 

    • ADD/ADHD
    • Adult-onset diabetes
    • Allergies
    • Asthma
    • Autoimmune conditions
    • Brain fog
    • Chemical sensitivities
    • Chronic bacterial, fungal and viral infections
    • Chronic neurological illnesses
    • Cognitive difficulties
    • Development disorders
    • Diabetes
    • Early puberty
    • Fatigue
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Hormonal imbalances
    • Infertility
    • Increased risk of cancer
    • Mood disorders
    • Neurological development disorders
    • Obesity
    • Reproductive system disorders
    • Thyroid disruption

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    Parabens + Phthalates test

    Anyone with the 1 or more of the following symptoms:

    • Endometriosis
    • Infertility
    • Breast cancer
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Prostate cancer
    • Testicular cancer
    • Decreased sperm count
    • Liver toxicity
    • Immune effects such as allergies and asthma
    • Reproductive toxicity
    • Pubertal development

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    Organophosphates test

    Anyone with the 1 or more of the following symptoms:

    • ADD/ADHA
    • Allergies
    • Asthma
    • Autoimmune conditions
    • Brain fog
    • Certain Cancers
    • Chemical sensitivities
    • Chronic bacterial, fungal ?and viral infections
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Chronic neurological illnesses
    • Cognitive difficulties
    • Depression
    • Development disorders
    • Diabetes
    • Disorientation
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Hormonal imbalances
    • Immune system disorders
    • Impaired memory
    • Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease
    • Increased risk of cancer
    • Infertility
    • Mood disorders
    • Obesity
    • Tremors

    Acute Exposure:

    • Nausea
    • Headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Muscle twitching
    • Poor coordination
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhoea
    • Hypotension
    • Antidiuresis
    • Weight loss
    • Adrenal degeneration

    Chronic Exposure:

    • Asthma
    • Wheeze
    • ADD/ADHD
    • Neurodevelopment disorders
    • Immune system disorders
    • Cardiovascular damage
    • Reproductive problems
    • Retinal and some muscle degeneration

    Our Comments

    "Our hormonal system is very intricate and delicate. Hormones do their normal job in very tiny amounts. What's alarming is that only very tiny amounts of these endocrine disruptors are needed to cause harm to our bodies. What's even more alarming is that there's very little research showing the combined effect of more than one of these endocrine disruptors in our bodies at one time. Even if you think the body products only contain very small amounts of endocrine disruptors, you might be using them every day or more than once a day. There is very little research on their effect when combined. Our bodies battle to get rid of them so can store them in our fat tissue – ‘The solution to pollution is dilution’. Over time, they can cause weight gain due to the toxic burden they create on the body.

    BPA

    I recently did my annual Urine Hormone Metabolites | BIG – we love that this test now measures BPA as well. Mine BPP level was raised. This is very concerning, but very empowering because I can now work to eliminate the source of BPA before it contributes to the development of a lifestyle-related chronic disease or a recurrence of my breast cancer.

    Phthalates & Parabens

    Phthalates & parabens are in so many household and body care products today. These ingredients can cause endocrine disruption, DNA mutation, and act as xenoestrogens. In our 20's, both of us worked for a top cosmetic company as our student job. They gave us an allowance to buy their products as part of our salary so that we properly represented the company. We covered ourselves from top to toe in these and other products daily. Our toxic burden must've been extreme but how would we have known - even if this test was available, we would've had no idea of where to find it. That's why we wanted to share it with you on our site.

    Cancer prevention starts with toxicity awareness and tiny positive changes. We need to read every label and swap all products containing these ingredients for non-toxic versions. 

    Organophosphates

    Growing up, we didn't eat organic food nor did we have organic gardens. Our parents liberally used normal chemical fertiliser on the lawn, sprayed weed killer on the weeds growing through the cracks in our brick paving, and sprayed bugs with normal bug sprays. Our pets worn flea collars, we regularly dipped our dog in flea dip and then cuddle him and we sprayed bug spray everywhere.

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    This test helps you to look inside your body, and see if many of those toxins are still with you, causing unexplained symptoms. 

    Use this test to evaluate possible levels of these toxins in your body and to determine if exposure avoidance and detoxification are needed".

    Benefits | Features 

    • Simple urine collection
    • Simple to do at home
    • Easy to do yourself
    • This test is applicable to all ages
    • Highly accurate results

    Tests for

    Measures exposure to the common endocrine disruptors BPA, triclosan, and 4-nonylphenol, phthalate, parabens and organophosphates.

    Test type

    Toxicity: Environmental pollutants

    Test analytes

    Bisphenol A (BPA) test

    Analytes
    4-Nonylphenol
    Bisphenol A
    Triclosan

    Parabens + Phthalates test

    Analytes
    Butylparaben
    Ethylparaben
    Methylparaben
    Mono-(2-ethyl-5-hydroxyhexyl) phthalate (MEHHP)
    Mono-(2-ethyl-5-oxohexyl) phthalate (MEOHP)
    Mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP)
    Mono-ethyl phthalate (MEtP)
    Propylparaben

    Organophosphates test

    Analytes
    Atrazine
    Atrazine Mercapturate
    Diethyldithiophosphate (DEDTP)
    Diethylthiophosphate (DETP)
    Dimethyldithiophosphate (DMDTP)
    Dimethylthiophosphate (DMTP)

    Test instructions 

    Test sample report

    Test interpretation

    Test sample type

    Liquid urine 

    Processing time

    About 2 weeks

    Lab's name for the test

    Bisphenol A (BPA) Profile + Phthalates + Parabens + Organophosphates test

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