I am here today with Dr. Manasa Mantravadi, a pediatric hospitalist who is also a mom. We sit down to talk about something I’ve taken some heat for in the past: my stance on the problems with plastic chemicals. Years later, with the benefit of new studies and a 2018 paper from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommending that we reduce plastic exposure in children, we know there is more to this story.
In this episode, we go deep into all the ways that plastic chemicals (not just BPA) affect our endocrine system, hormone levels, and stress levels, not to mention those of our children. Dr. Mantravadi explains the biggest offenders as well as some simple substitutes that can really reduce your levels.
With just a few of these changes, we can make a drastic difference in our exposure in a matter of days. This is definitely practical advice worth taking!
Episode Highlights With Dr. Manasa Mantravadi
- The problems with plastic and why they go beyond just BPA
- A family of chemicals in plastic that are all problematic but not well understood
- Why going BPA-free isn’t the answer
- What phthalates are and why they matter too
- The lock and key example of how plastics affect the body
- How plastic chemicals directly affect the endocrine system
- Why plastic exposure can affect fertility and hormones, especially in kids
- How plastic affects the adrenals and changes stress hormone response
- Is there a safe amount of plastic exposure?
- The amount of BPA in canned foods!
- How thermal paper receipts are a source of BPA exposure
- The small changes we can make that reduce plastic exposure and blood levels of plastics by a lot
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Life Without Plastic (some great alternatives made from stainless steel!)
- Ahimsa Dinnerware
- Reusable Produce Bags (no plastic)
- The Dangers of Plastic
- The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
- Sicker Fatter Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Our Health and Future . . . and What We Can Do About It by Leonardo Transande
More From Wellness Mama
- Why Plastic Pollution Is Everyone’s Problem
- 196: How the Modern World Is Changing Our Hormones (& How to Create a Balance Plan)
- 9 Safest Plastic & BPA Free Bottles and Sippy Cups
- What Is Sous Vide (& How to Do It without Plastic)
- How to Reduce Plastic Use in the Home
- Microfiber Cloths: Green Cleaning or Plastic Pollution?
Where do you weigh in on the great plastic debate? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.
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