Chemical reactivity is the immune system’s improper response to chemicals both ingested or inhaled. If heavy metal toxicity is high, the problem is often exacerbated. For those in this category chelation techniques can make the person feel worse, their antibodies will flare. As myelin increase their exposure to the chemicals they are sensitive to, this sheath that encompasses the nerves, experience immune reactivity.

Poisoning is coming from consistent sources.

1) One of the most common locations to get BPA (bisphenol A, a common plastic additive) poisoning is from to-go coffee lids. When PBA is heated or comes in contact with acid food, it releases more of the dangerous toxin. Dr. Datis Kharrazian, DC, DABCN, CNS studied, “The impact of BPA on immune reactivity and the potential roles these mechanisms may have on the development or provocation of autoimmune diseases.”

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PBAs are found in disposable plastics such a baby bottles, sippy cups, the outer coating of pacifiers, water bottles, food storage containers and can linings.

Phthalates are in plastic making it soft and flexible. Products famous for containing phthalates are shower curtains, deodorant, cosmetics, medical devices, car interiors, toys, baby rattles, teething rings, rubber duckies, books for the bathtub, shampoo and lotions.

Dr. Kharrazian’s published report sited  BPA to be an endocrine disruptor that binds to estrogen receptors. This was found to exert diverse adverse endocrine effects which are showing to be a potential triggering compound in autoimmune disease. BPAs from disposable plastics are released into the bloodstream at a higher rate when the plastic is heated or used with acidic food or drinks. 

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Dr. Kharrazian says, “Plastic coffee lids and drink bottles (are) primary offenders. As coffee or tea passes through a plastic coffee lid, both the heat and the acidity leach very high levels of BPA into your drink. Also, small amounts of BPA insulate the coating of paper cups. It’s also important to avoid plastic bottles, especially if they are heated or contain an acidic beverage such as soda or fruit juice. You should absolutely never drink an acidic beverage from a plastic bottle as you will be drinking high amounts of BPA.”

Plastic take-out containers are also common offenders. 

2) Latex is being blamed on negatively effecting thyroid, with damage depending on the patient’s sensitivity to chemical substances. This loss of chemical tolerance can be greatly damaging for specific people. “Latex is a major molecular mimicry target for Hashimoto’s people and often under-conversion people (T3 and T4),” Dr. Kharrazian says.

Rodale News recently reported the, “Center for Environmental Health tested 35 ‘BPA-free’ sippy cups for children, and found that nine exhibited estrogenic activity. Of those, seven contained chemicals that were even more estrogenic than BPA.”

The Coffee Detective says Keurig K-Cups do not contain PBAs. The cup is #7 plastic, which Keurig says, “Is a catch-all category for newer plastics and combinations of plastics a mixture of different plastics which make this product not able to be recycled.” These cups are used to preserve the coffee inside the container. The cups are nitrogen-flushed and sealed with an aluminum foil lid, another product that causes heavy metal toxicity. 

Keurig told The Coffee Detective, “We use a variety of plastics in our Brewers and some of the parts that contact the beverage do contain BPA. However, as you may be aware, the FDA recently reviewed its safety standards associated with BPA and has, again, affirmatively stated that products containing BPA currently on the market are safe. http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/bpa.html ”

Keurig told The Soft Landing, “The temperature of the water dispensed in Keurig brewers is well below the melting and softening points of the K-Cup materials. Therefore, no plastic leaches from the K-Cup into your cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa.”

The merchandise team from Starbucks says the, “Double-walled cold cups are made of mixed plastics (#7) and are BPA-free.” They add the coffee accessory mugs they sell for to-go home use are also PBA-free.

Dixie says, “Dixie® products are not manufactured with BPA or phthalates.”

PER North America produced a report entitled BPA‐Free Silicone‐Lined Cup saying, “Endocrine disruptors are ordinarily produced from biological materials. Rather than being naturally secreted, endocrine disruptors are produced during the manufacturing process. As the name suggests, once endocrine disruptors are absorbed into the body, they block and hinder the function of the endocrine system. Endocrine disruptors often times mimic natural hormones in the body and block them from being absorbed into the body. Most endocrine disruptors found in disposable products either mimic or block hormones when they enter the human body.”

They go on to say, “Paper cups are made of 100% pulp, but the harmful substance in disposable cups is the laminated coating lined in the interior of the cup. The coating which contains the harmful plastic polyethylene is used to prevent leaks. It has been tested and proven that the polyethylene coating discharges hazardous hormones in approximately four minutes of contact with boiling water with temperatures at 100C.” 

Psychology Today says, “Paper cups intended for hot drinks are laminated with a liner made of polyethylene that helps keep beverages warm and prevents the paper from getting soggy and leaking. However, polyethylene has estrogenic properties much like BPA, and these so-called ‘xenoestrogens’ (man-made chemicals that mimic the natural human hormones) are linked to a growing number of health problems, such as breast, ovarian, testicular, and prostate cancers, early puberty in girls, reduced sperm counts, altered functions of reproductive organs, obesity and behavioral problems.”

Some people are opting for stainless steel to-go coffee mugs like this one, while others (like me) are using mason jars like this one with a lid like this one.

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