(CNN)     Synthetic chemicals called phthalates, found in hundreds of consumer products such as food storage containers, shampoo, makeup, perfume and children's toys, may contribute to some 91,000 to 107,000 premature deaths a year among people ages 55 to 64 in the United States, a new study found. High BPA levels linked to 49% greater risk of death within 10 years, study says

People with the highest levels of phthalates had a greater risk of death from any cause, especially cardiovascular mortality, according to the study published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Pollution.

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A Costly Exercise In Common Sense —  The study estimated those deaths could cost the US about $40 to $47 billion each year in lost economic productivity.  

"This study adds to the growing data base on the impact of plastics on the human body and bolsters public health and business cases for reducing or eliminating the use of plastics," said lead author Dr. Leonardo Trasande, a professor of pediatrics, environmental medicine and population health at NYU Langone Health in New York City.

Phthalates are known to interfere with the body's mechanism for hormone production, known as the endocrine system, and they are “ Linked with developmental, reproductive, brain, immune, and other problems," according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Even Small Hormonal Disruptions Can Cause "Significant Developmental And Biological Effects," The National Institute Of Environmental Science States  —  

Chemicals in plastics damage babies' brains and must be banned immediately, expert group says.  Prior research has connected phthalates with reproductive problems, such as genital malformations and undescended testes in baby boys and lower sperm counts and testosterone levels in adult males. Previous studies have also linked phthalates to childhood obesity, asthma, cardiovascular issues and cancer. 

"These chemicals have a rap sheet," said Trasande, who also directs NYU Langone's Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards. "And the fact of the matter is that when you look at the entire body of evidence, it provides a haunting pattern of concern." 

The American Chemistry Council, which represents the US chemical, plastics and chlorine industries, shared this statement with CNN via email:  "Much of the content within Trasande et al's latest study is demonstrably inaccurate," wrote Eileen Conneely, ACC's senior director of chemical products and technology.

She added the study lumped all phthalates into one group and failed to mention that the industry says high-molecular-weight phthalates like DINP and DIDP have lower toxicity than other phthalates.

"Studies such as these fail to consider all phthalates individually and consistently ignore or downplay the existence of science-based, authoritative conclusions regarding the safety of high molecular weight phthalates," Conneely wrote.

Everywhere Chemicals  —  Often called "everywhere chemicals" because they are so common, phthalates are added to consumer products such as PVC plumbing, vinyl flooring, rain- and stain-resistant products, medical tubing, garden hoses, and some children's toys to make the plastic more flexible and harder to break. 

Other common exposures come from the use of phthalates in food packaging, detergents, clothing, furniture and automotive plastics.  Phthalates are also added to personal care items such as shampoo, soap, hair spray and cosmetics to make fragrances last longer. 

Toxic chemical 'Hall of Shame' calls out major retailers for failing to act  —  People are exposed when they breath contaminated air or eat or drink foods that came into contact with the plastic, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Children crawl around and touch many things, then put their hands in their mouths. Because of that hand-to-mouth behavior, phthalate particles in dust might be a greater risk for children than for adults," the CDC states. 

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A Snapshot In Time  —  The new study measured the urine concentration of phthalates in more than 5,000 adults between the ages of 55 and 64 and compared those levels to the risk of early death over an average of 10 years, Trasande said.

Researchers controlled for preexisting heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other common conditions, poor eating habits, physical activity and body mass, and levels of other known hormone disruptors such as bisphenol A or BPA, he said. 

"However, I'm never going to tell you this is a definitive study," Trasande told CNN. "It is a snapshot in time and can only show an association.”  Makeup may contain potentially toxic chemicals called PFAS, study finds

Learning exactly how phthalates may affect the body requires a gold-standard double-blinded randomized clinical trial, he said. Yet such a study will never be done, he added, "because we cannot ethically randomize people to be exposed to potentially toxic chemicals." 

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"But we already know phthalates mess with the male sex hormone, testosterone, which is a predictor of adult cardiovascular disease. And we already know that these exposures can contribute to multiple conditions associated with mortality, such as obesity and diabetes," Trasande said.

The chemical BPA has also been linked to abnormalities in male babies reproductive systems and later infertility issues in adult men, as well as obesity, heart disease, cancer and premature death from any cause. 

The synthetic compound was formerly found in most baby bottles, sippy cups and infant formula containers until parents boycotted those products over a decade ago. The FDA banned the chemical's use in bottles and sippy cups in 2012.

It is possible to minimize your exposure to phthalates and other endocrine disruptors like BPA, which can still be found in the linings of canned goods and paper receipts, Trasande said.

CNN Health's Weekly Newsletter   —  “ First, avoid plastics as much as you can. Never put plastic containers in the microwave or dishwasher, where the heat can break down the linings so they might be absorbed more readily," he suggested. “  In addition, cooking at home and reducing your use of processed foods can reduce the levels of the chemical exposures you come in contact with."

Here are other tips to reduce you and your family's exposure:

  • Use unscented lotions and laundry detergents.
  • Use cleaning supplies without scents.
  • Use glass, stainless steel, ceramic or wood to hold and store foods.
  • Buy fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables instead of canned and processed versions.
  • Encourage frequent hand washing to remove chemicals from hands.
  • Avoid air fresheners and all plastics labeled as No. 3, No. 6 and No. 7

(CNN)  Look into your pantry —  Have you packed it with canned foods since the start of the pandemic?   Or are you a receipt hoarder -- who keeps all your paper sales receipts for taxes or refunds?  Toxic chemicals may be in fast food wrappers and take-out containers, report says

Neither of those habits are probably a great idea, experts say, if you want to avoid toxic chemicals linked to a variety of health disorders in children and adults.

Metal food and beverage cans are lined with an epoxy resin coating made from a family of chemicals called bisphenols. That group includes the infamous bisphenol A that was used to create baby bottles, sippy cups and infant formula containers until frightened parents boycotted those products a decade ago.

The chemical compound BPA is an endocrine disruptor, affecting the hormones in the body, and fetuses and babies are especially vulnerable. It's been linked to fetal abnormalities, low birth weight, and brain and behavior disorders in infants and children, as well as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and obesity in adults. One study even found erectile dysfunction in workers exposed to BPA.

Death from any cause may now be added to that list, according to new research published Monday in the journal JAMA Network Open.  New FDA limits on arsenic levels in infant rice cereals don't adequately protect children, critics say.

The new study found people who had higher levels of bisphenol A in their urine were about 49% more likely to die during a 10-year period. 

"This is another puzzle piece that compellingly speaks to the seriousness of the threat posed by these chemicals used in can linings and thermal papers," said study author Dr. Leonardo Trasande, director of environmental pediatrics at NYU Langone Health.

Although this is the first study to find that result, "this is not necessarily a huge stretch from the perspective of what you might expect to happen because those three conditions -- obesity, diabetes, and heart disease -- all step up the risk of mortality," Trasande said.

It's In Your Receipts  —  Hand Sanitizers  —  An industrial chemical that has been around since the 1960s, BPA is used to make polycarbonate plastics —  such as water bottles --  as well as resins used to coat and seal many products. 

BPA and its sister chemicals can be found in beverage containers, the lining of canned foods, dental sealants, compact disks, plastic dinnerware, car parts, impact-resistant safety equipment and many toys, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

🐋 🐬  Some of these Toxic chemicals from burning fossil fuels cam mitigate and work their way to the ocean poisoning  dolphins and whales on the East Coast  — 

  • Today, the most common method of exposure for people is through food contaminated by the linings of aluminum cans and beverages. 
  • The next highest level of exposure is via thermal paper used to create receipts at nearly every store, Trasande said.  "Definitely saying no to that thermal paper receipt is a straightforward way to avoid exposure." he said. 
  • It's especially important to understand the risk of exposure during the pandemic, he added, because studies have shown that using hand sanitizer is a key gateway for the chemicals to absorb into the body.  “ A study found that if you handle these thermal paper receipts and use hand sanitizer, you absorb almost tenfold more bisphenol's into your body," Trasande said.  
  • Unfortunately, he added, cashiers in stores who use a lot of hand sanitizer are having "a very tough time in the context of the pandemic.”  The FDA's list of dangerous hand sanitizers has now grown to more than 100 .  
  • They're generally wearing gloves these days, so that reduces their exposure, all things considered," Trasande noted. "But in an ideal world, we would go all electronic or shift back to old school papers.” 🤷🏻‍♀️

The Official Stance  —  🆗 🤯

  • The US Food and Drug Administration believes that, based on current research, the levels of BPA in foods are “ Generally recognized as safe" or what is known in regulatory jargon as "GRAS.”  Hopefully they are correct but prudence dictates ongoing scientific exploration.
  • The FDA says the National Toxicology Program continues to stay on top of research into potential harms.   In 2010, the group found "some concern' about the impact on fetuses, infants and children's brain and behavior, as well as on the prostate gland;  “ Minimal concern" when it comes to mammary glands or early puberty; and “  Negligible concern" about fetal abnormalities, low birth weight or future reproductive problems.
  • However, a recent review found evidence has doubled in the last five years about the negative impact on our health of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastics, pesticides, flame retardants and other merchandise.

👺 Plastics And Pesticides  —  Health Impacts Of Synthetic Chemicals In US Doubled In Last 5 Years —  

  • While BPA was only one of those categories, it's the most studied synthetic chemical, and it's widely found in human tissue. One study found drinking water from polycarbonate bottles increased BPA levels by two-thirds in just one week. A report by the CDC found levels of BPA in the urine of nearly every American adult. 
  • The American Chemistry Council, which represents US chemical, plastics and chlorine industries, provided the following statement:  "BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals used today and has a safety track record of 50 years, and regulatory bodies around the world have reviewed the science and have found BPA to be safe," said Jennifer Garfinkel, ACC director of product communications, in a statement.
  • "Total exposure to BPA, from all sources, is extremely low — about 1,000 times below the safe intake levels set by government bodies in the US," Garfinkel said. "The American Chemistry Council neglects to consider the ever growing evidence that extremely low levels of exposure can be harmful," Trasande said in response. 
  • "For example the large scale BPA CLARITY study funded by FDA and (National Toxicology Program) found multiple effects at low levels dismissed here as safe," he added.

Rise Of The Bisphenol Family  —  While BPA-free may be seen today on many plastic bottles and containers, environmental and health safety experts say the chemicals that have replaced them may be just as bad.

  • That's because they are still in the same "bisphenol family," and appear to have the same chemical reaction on the body.
  • "I use a twist on the singer Prince to explain it," Trasande said. "Prince renamed himself as the artist formerly named as Prince. So I call it the artist formerly known as BPA. And there are 40 BPA replacements out there.
  • New FDA limits on arsenic levels in infant rice cereals don't adequately protect children, critics say.
  • Unfortunately for consumers, Trasande added, science must repeat studies on each of those 40 replacements to establish their health effects, even though the body is likely to respond in a similar manner to each.
  • "There's always a lag, but in the meantime, people continue to be exposed, " Trasante said. "And you have to ask yourself how much more do we have to do this before we start regulating chemicals by class?”

What To Do  — 🥵  “ If you avoid canned food consumption, you avoid the major source of bisphenol exposure," Trasande said.   

  • "Now the alternative to canned fruits and vegetables is frozen or fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • I appreciate there are some accessibility issues during the pandemic  —  
  • The existence of food deserts for certain economically disadvantaged groups. That needs to be addressed," he added.
  • Don't microwave foods in plastic containers  —  
  • Choose glass or stainless steel, not plastic, when buying and storing foods — 
  • Buy dried, fresh or frozen foods if you can (the plastic bags on frozen foods are not a concern, Trasande said, as long as you don't microwave them)
  • Don't use harsh detergents or wash plastics in the dishwasher
  • Avoid thermal paper receipts -- opt for email only
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—  HAND SANITIZERS  —   Banned List  — RECALLS  — 

My Recommendation —  [10/4/2021]   —  I believe in Proctor and Gamble products having  grown up with them for decades and their hand sanitizers work well and I am a care giver and wash a lot, so I researched, thats what I do.  Another prevalent brand in the market well accepted is Purell.    Most likely if you are in a hospital you will see Purell. Bargain imports and home brews have little use in my world and are dangerous.

🤬  Many of the hand sanitizers, can be more dangerous than the germ, in reality most were imports and have been banned, new ones get added everyday and the prevalent importers were from MEXICO, CHINA , GUATEMALA, TURKEY, and KOREA —  

 🤬   In addition several distilleries, moonshiners and bathtub home brewers who made other methanol, ethanol concoctions up in the hills or garages away from the revenuers, domestically got on the band wagon and were shut down.  OHIO, UTAH, TENNESSEE, FLORIDA, CALIFORNIA, TEXAS AND NEVADA, lots of GOP states with  entrepreneur's got in the scramble to make illicit and dangerous bath tube products from methanol and ethanol during the initial scare of the pandemic.  If you had trouble starting your heart in the morning these are gasoline derivatives used in automobiles and can penetrate skin and kill you.  Those products were shut down and/or recalled.

🤬  In some cases, people with the IQ of an Amoeba were believers that If they drank these home brews, it would kill the COVID germs ( Similar to the lightbulb theory by the Former President Dr. of Stupidity Donald T-RUMP who surmised shoving a light bulb with UV into the body was a viable health cure.  His leadership claimed 625,000 Americans.   We tried to interview some of the methanol-ethanol aficionados unfortunately non-were alive. we found.  A huge amount of people, almost scary in Brazil followed some of T-RUMPS cures and they now have 609,000 dead.

  • ☠️  FDA has tested certain art-naturals scent free hand sanitizer labeled with “DIST. by Artnaturals Gardena, CA 90248” and found unacceptable levels of benzene, acetaldehyde, and acetal contaminants. The agency urges consumers not to use this contaminated product and has added Artnaturals hand sanitizer products to the list of hand sanitizers consumers should not use.

  • ☠️  To date, artnaturals has not responded to multiple FDA attempts to discuss the contaminated hand sanitizers, including identification of the manufacturer, possible recalls, and the scope of the contamination. Therefore, as of October 4, FDA is urging consumers not to use any artnaturals hand sanitizers.  
    ED NOTE : Raid The plant, shut it down, arrest the owners, burn the joint and put their asses in jail.

  • ☠️  Benzene may cause certain types of cancer in humans. Animal studies show acetaldehyde may cause cancer in humans and may cause serious illness or death. Acetal can irritate the upper respiratory tract, eyes, and skin. While the exact risk from using hand sanitizer containing benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal is unknown, FDA recommends consumers do not use products contaminated with unacceptable levels of benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal.

  • ☠️  Consumers who have products on this list of hand sanitizers should immediately stop using the product and dispose of it, ideally in a hazardous waste container. Do not pour these products down the drain or flush them. Contact your local waste management and recycling center for more information on hazardous waste disposal.

  • ☠️  FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol)

  • ☠️  FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program (please provide the agency with as much information as possible to identify the product):

  • ☠️  FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

  • ☠️  The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.  Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing. The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.

  • ☠️  Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk.

  • ☠️  The dangers of drinking any hand sanitizer under any conditions. While hand sanitizers with possible methanol contamination are more life-threatening than those that are not contaminated, FDA urges consumers not to drink any of these products. 

  • ☠️  Hand sanitizers that are sold or offered for sale with false and misleading, unproven claims that they can prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19, including claims that they can provide prolonged protection (e.g., for up to 24-hours).
    • Products that are fraudulently marketed as “FDA-approved” since there are no hand sanitizers approved by FDA.
    • Products packaged to appear as drinks, candy or liquor bottles, as well as products marketed as drinks or cocktails because their appearance could result in accidental ingestion or encourage ingestion.
    • Children are particularly at risk with these products since ingesting only a small amount of hand sanitizer may be lethal in a young child.
    • Products labeled with harmful or poisonous ingredients, such as methanol.
    • Certain hand sanitizers that may not contain a sufficient amount of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol.

FDA Urges Consumers Not Use Certain Hand Sanitizer Products  —  The following chart outlines the information on hand sanitizer labels for consumers to use to identify a product that:

  • Has been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol, 1-propanol, benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal.
  • Is labeled to contain methanol.
  • Has been tested and is found to have microbial contamination.
  • Is being recalled by the manufacturer or distributor.
  • Is subpotent, meaning it has less than the required amount of ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol or benzalkonium chloride.
  • Is purportedly made at the same facility as products that have been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol, 1-propanol, benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal.
  • Is packaged in a container that resembles a food/beverage container that presents increased risk of accidental ingestion.


Check What You Already Have  —  FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizers produced by the manufacturers identified in the table below. Consumers can easily identify which hand sanitizer products to avoid by using the following information:

  • The names of the specific manufacturers.
  • NDC number, which may also be located on the product label.
  • The name of the distributors that sell, or sold, or had planned to sell specific hand sanitizers products produced by these manufacturers.
  • Distributors may use more than one manufacturer to produce their hand sanitizer products, which are then marketed under the exact same brand or product name. Distributors often do not identify the manufacturer on the product label and are not required to do so under federal law. 
  • Consumers should be aware that FDA’s recommendation against using a distributor’s specific hand sanitizer product(s) manufactured by a particular manufacturer, as listed below, does not extend to:
  • A distributor’s products bearing the same brand name as listed below, but made by a different manufacturer
  • Other products distributed by the same distributor  
  • If a product on the list below does not identify the manufacturer on the label, consumers can contact the distributor whose name appears on the label to find out who manufactured the product. If the distributor refuses to clarify this information when contacted by a consumer, FDA advises consumers not to use that product.

How to Search FDA’s Hand Sanitizer Do-Not-Use List

Step-by-step Search Guide (PDF)

  1. Go to
  2. Click or tap on the red button that says, “Hand sanitizers consumers should not use.”
  3. Scroll down the page to the search box at the top of the do-not-use list.
  4. Using the information on the hand sanitizer label, type one of the following in the search box:
    • Product or brand name
    • Manufacturer, or the company that produced the product (may not be included on the product label)
    • Distributor, the company that brings the product to market
    • NDC or National Drug Code number (may not be included on the product label)
  5. Do not use any hand sanitizer made by manufacturers on the list.

If the manufacturer is not listed on the label, contact the distributor to find out who manufactured the product. If the distributor refuses to clarify this information when you contact them, the FDA recommends not using the product.