Bangalore-based Hairline International Research & Treatment Center has come out with a research report that links diseases to the excess use of plastics in everyday life. To create awareness on how plastic not just poses environmental hazards but cause health issues too, Hairline International along with Merisis Therapeutics now has take the onus to educate about people the harmful effects of plastic
Releasing the research report, at a press conference Ms Bani Anand, Founder and Managing Director, Hairline International Research and Treatment Centre, says, “We conducted a research on hair-fall patients across our six centers in Bangalore over a period of 8 months. What we found was that over 90% of these patients had high levels of BPA or bisephonal A, a common chemical used in plastic in their blood. The presence of BPA in their blood suggests predominant use of plastic in the everyday life which can lead to several medical complications including cancer.”
“Observational studies conducted in Western nations show that the presence of BPA may be one of the markers that lead to several other ailments such as neurological defects, thyroid malfunction, heightened risk for cancer and tumours, asthma and heart diseases, sexual dysfunction, besides hair and skin ailments” added Dr.Kaushik D Deb, Founder Director, Merisis Therapeutics who conducted the BPA test in his laboratory.
Say no to plastics
According to Ms Anand, this study underlines the need to re-evaluate what we use in our daily lives. “Products that inherently contain BPA seem to have become an integral part of our lives these days. Adopting a greener lifestyle is the need of the hour. For instance, we could start with replacing plastic vessels in our kitchen with steel or glass. Where plastic is absolutely necessary, we can opt for BPA-free plastic products,” she says.
The study and its observations
As part of its research, Hairline International studied the lifestyle of the patients, including the number of times they used plastic every day. The study also included the number of hair fall, menstrual and PCOD history of the patients, blood investigation such as blood count, thyroid hormone, lipid profile and Vitamin D, besides investigation to evaluate BPA levels in blood and urine.
The study revealed that about 70 per cent of the cases examined were BPA positive in both urine and blood. The patients, mainly in the age group of 21 to 45 years, were working professionals consuming food from plastic vessels at least 4-6 times a day.
Explaining the observations, Dr. Dinesh G Gowda, Senior Dermatosurgeon, Hairline International Research and Treatment Center, says, “Conclusions from the study showed that 92% of the cases visiting the clinic with hair fall were all BPA positive. Hair fall may have been due to the direct effect of the estrogen-mimicking property of the chemical BPA or indirectly causing hair fall by altering the lipid levels, increasing the obesity, blocking the thyroid hormone activity or increasing the blood sugar levels in the blood.”
How to minimize plastic?
Speaking on the usage of plastic Dr.Dinesh Gowda listed out suggestions on how to minimize the use of plastic in daily life:
- Trade in your kitchen plastic dishes and containers with glass, stainless steel and porcelain/ ceramic.
- Choose safer plastic #2#4#5 instead of #3 & #7.
- Swap plastic wraps/ cling film with parchment paper, glass jar, bees wax cotton wraps or recycled aluminium for better option.
- Keep plastic out of the freezer, microwave and dishwasher as BPA leaks from plastic at a higher rate in hot or cold temperature. Use stainless steel ice cube trays.
- Enjoy BPA free coffee and tea at home-use a glass French press, stainless steel electric percolator or glass kettle to avoid piping hot water against plastic.
- Bring your own mug to office preferably glass instead of using plastic cups.
Avoid canned food. The cans are line with BPA. Even BPA free cans have BPS (another estrogen mimicking) or PET film which may contain other toxin. Also skip aluminium soda cans.
8. Encourage breastfeeding.
- Request “No receipt”- Thermal paper (receipt/cinema tickets/airline tickets) contains BPA. Opt for e-ticket.
- Play safe-wood and cloth toys are excellent toxin free alternative to plastic.
- Talk to your dentist. Dental sealants and composites can contain BPA.
- Use non toxic products- avoid bleach ammonia and synthetic fragrances and dyes.
- Avoid plastic melamine dishes. They are made by combining the chemical melamine with formaldehyde (which is considered to be a human carcinogen).Studies have shown that formaldehyde leach chemicals into your food.