BPA: a real life case study

An interesting fact has just happened with our dog Celeste. She has been with us since the age of 9 weeks, so we know her dog’s health and personal habits quite well. She has always eaten very healthy homemade food in stainless steel or ceramic bowls. But about 6 months ago, we started serving her food from the plastic container that she was stored in in the fridge.

Soon after, she developed a small growth on her lip. The vet said that Celeste was probably bitten and that her little fibroid could be surgically removed or left there. The idea of ​​putting Celeste under anesthesia to remove a small benign growth was quickly discarded. She might just disappear on her own (Ha! That almost never happens).

Then about 3 weeks ago part of her nose started to change color from black to pinkish white. It was on the same side of his face as the fibroid. There was nothing in my mind that would put these same two facial anomalies in the same category. But as most of us know, there are no coincidences. More detective work began.

This time I went online to see if I could find the answers myself. (Those who know me know that I don’t give up easily when it comes to health issues.) The Internet has a plethora of solutions for every problem. We just have to use discernment and some common sense when filtering through these websites.

Not wanting to believe the melancholy that my dog ​​is old (only 3 years old) or has a strange skin condition or blame the weather (hard to believe, but seasonal change will cause this nose color change), I searched in it further. I think it was somewhere around page 5 of the Google search, that other causal factors came up.

There was something I found about the chemicals in the plastic dishes possibly causing the color change. I thought this would be something simple to fix. We immediately changed all of their serving bowls back to stainless steel or ceramic. Guess what? Within three days, not only was her nose returning to its normal color, but the growth on her lip was also disappearing. A week later, there was no trace of any disease on her nose or lip. My beautiful, healthy pup had her baby face backwards.

Thank you Celeste for that live personal lesson on the dangers of plastics in our environment!!!

The thing to realize is that Celeste is a 12 pound dog. The effects on her were seen visually. If you’re a 100 or 200 pound person, the effects won’t be as noticeable. And Celeste is EXTREMELY healthy, so her immune system was able to keep these toxins on the surface of her skin without being deeply absorbed by her internal organs. That is probably the real reason why everything was resolved so quickly.

Which brings me to the dangers of BPA.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) has become an epidemic in our plastics bonding society. It not only affects our current population, but there is also evidence that it is transmitted to newborns in the womb as well. It is an endocrine disruptor; a synthetic estrogen mimic (xenoestrogen). Hormonal disruption or imbalance leads to infertility, puberty, sexual and gender identity issues, diabetes, obesity, and possibly even estrogen-related cancers.

It is used in most plastic bottles, the inner linings of food and drink cans, inks for store receipts, printers and paper money, and some cosmetics and clothing. Even the CDC reported in 2004 that BPA appeared in the urine of more than 90% of people tested.

So why is this important in dentistry?

Because many of the composites and most of the sealants used in dentistry contain bisphenol-A. Yes, you read it right. He had his toxic silver mercury fillings removed and may have replaced them with toxic white fillings. It’s not what I would call progress.

So you, as an educated consumer, need to stop trusting your healthcare professional so much (see my personal experience at Choosing a Holistic Dentist), learn a little more, and make better decisions. It sure worked for Celeste.

And by the way, the white fillers and sealants we use in our office are BPA-free.

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