sassy bpa3-480x336  Unfortunately, parents often are uninformed about other hazardous chemicals in their child's environment that they also should avoid and may be confused about the risk of some things, like BPA and phthalates in plastic products their kids' use.

There are two villains here: a family of chemical compounds called phthalates . that make PVC plastic soft (as in plastic shower curtains or wash-off baby books that go in bathtubs) and the industrial chemical bisphenol A (a hard, shiny plastic often used for baby bottles and sippy cups). Although the chemicals involved are different they have a similar effect, mimicking hormones.

Bisphenol A (BPA)
Although the effects of bisphenol A (BPA) are not understood as well as those of phthalates, there is enough evidence to raise an alarm. Some countries, like Japan, have already banned its use.
As they leach out of the plastic they feminize babies and small children. This leads to a variety of problems, including smaller penises as well as planting the seeds for cancer that can develop later in life.

The Bad News
• Scientists call these feminizing chemicals endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors interfere with the normal functioning of hormones, including estrogen and thyroid.
• Exposure to these hormone-mimicking chemicals during critical periods in a child's development, both in utero and in infancy, can result in lifelong injury.
• Estrogen is one of the major communicators in both the male and the female body, telling cells how they should behave. When fetal cells are exposed to even a tiny amount of additional estrogen, the reproductive system can become reprogrammed, resulting in early onset adolescence, undescended testicles, enlarged prostates, reduced sperm counts, and smaller penises.
• The reproductive abnormalities associated with these chemicals set the stage for cancers later in life, such as breast cancer or prostate cancer.
• If you have these plastics in your home, their harmful chemicals spread everywhere, even accumulating in dust bunnies.

• In rodent studies, phthalates are linked to:
o Liver cancer
o Damaged kidneys
o Slightly smaller scrotums
o Undescended testicles
o Smaller penises
o Hypospadias (a birth defect where the opening of the urethra is on the base of the penis rather than the tip)
o Reduced sperm count
o Reduced testosterone
o Testicular cancer

The Good News
• It is easy to identify the offending plastics and keep them out of your home.
• Green Toys are free of any BPA, Phthlates or PVC's and now available...