TOXICITY | Bisphenol A (BPA) + Parabens + Phthalates
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Our Bisphenol A (BPA) + Parabens + Phthalates 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 a combo of our Bisphenol A (BPA) test and our Parabens + Phthalates test.
Endocrine disruptors are 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 and block our thyroid hormone action, and negatively affect our endocrine, nervous and immune systems.
Endocrine disruptors are found in, among other things, many plastics and conventional body products.
Why test for BPA, parabens & phthalates?
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.
Awareness of possible your toxicity with these endocrine disrupting chemicals can help you plan treatment before it contributes to the development of a lifestyle-related chronic disease. Stopping the source of the endocrine disruptors and regularly detoxifying your bodying is another key step in achieving optimal wellness.
Sources of exposure
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 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.
- Shaving cream
- Hand soaps
- Cleaning supplies
- Children's toys
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.
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
- Cleaning products
- Air fresheners
- Vinyl flooring
- Plastic food containers
- Medical products
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
- Lotions and creams
- Shaving gels
- Hair gels
- Pre–packaged foods
Who would benefit from this test?
Bisphenol A (BPA) test
Anyone with 1 or more of the following symptoms or condition:
- Adult onset diabetes
- Autoimmune conditions
- Brain fog
- Chemical sensitivities
- Chronic bacterial, fungal and viral infections
- Chronic neurological illnesses
- Cognitive difficulties
- Development disorders
- Early puberty
- Hormonal imbalances
- Increased risk of cancer
- Mood disorders
- Neurological development disorders
- Reproductive system disorders
- Thyroid disruption
Parabens + Phthalates test
Anyone with the 1 or more of the following symptoms:
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Decreased sperm count
- Liver toxicity
- Immune effects such as allergies and asthma
- Reproductive toxicity
- Pubertal development
"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 in 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.
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.
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
- Test is applicable for all ages
- Highly accurate results
Measures exposure to the common endocrine disruptors BPA, triclosan, and 4-nonylphenol, phthalate and parabens.
Toxicity: Environmental pollutants
Bisphenol A (BPA) test
Parabens + Phthalates test
|Mono-(2-ethyl-5-hydroxyhexyl) phthalate (MEHHP)|
|Mono-(2-ethyl-5-oxohexyl) phthalate (MEOHP)|
|Mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP)|
|Mono-ethyl phthalate (MEtP)|
Test sample report
Test sample type
About 2 weeks
Lab's name for test
Bisphenol A (BPA) Profile - Urine
Phthalates & Parabens Profile - Urine