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Keep Washing Your Hands!   
Dr. Roizen
During winter, I always tell people to heed Mom’s advice and wash their hands a lot. Frequent washing — with warm water and soap, please — helps prevent the spread of germs that lead to colds and flu (which saves you a lot of discomfort, as well as money you would have spent on Kleenex). As the warm weather arrives, you may feel you can stop. Don’t! I have a good reason to advocate continued scrubbing, straight through the year: to avoid bisphenol-A, or BPA for short.
 
You may have heard about the dangers of BPA in terms of baby bottles and plastic toys. But it’s more prevalent than that. BPA is found in 98 percent of food can linings and in more than 75 percent of receipts from gas stations and restaurants. It’s a big molecule — too big to be absorbed through your skin. Unless, of course, your food touches BPA before you eat it — as the food in a can does, or as would happen if you touch the receipt and then eat your takeout food. Then quite a lot of BPA gets inside you. 
 
Scientists now believe BPA is an endocrine disruptor that disrupts your normal endocrine activities by stimulating many estrogen receptors. BPA is believed to be almost as deadly as secondhand smoke — you got it, like tobacco smoke, BPA promotes cancer and a host of other diseases. BPA is known to cause premature maturity in female children and decreased sperm counts and sperm function in adult men. BPA is logically thought to be a cause of increased breast cancer and possibly prostate cancer as well.
 
It’s easier than washing your car to protect yourself from this unnecessary cause of health problems. Avoid canned foods and plastic water bottles that do not say “BPA free,” and listen to your mom: Wash your hands, especially after touching receipts.
 

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James Lovette-Black PhD commented on Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:20 PM
I've found that people need to know how to properly wash their hands for overall hygiene. To that end, please check out my blog post, "10 Easy Ways to Optimize Your Respiratory Health", at http://j.mp/9ZVUOP - in which handwashing technique is taught.
diana commented on Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:50 PM
BPA is a scarey thing. I am shocked at how easily it cam be ingested...

Another choice one can make is to remove hand towels and replace them with paper towels. Using the same towel repeatedly is a real way to spread germs. So put a roll of paper towels by the sink, and use them, even if ti costs a bit more to do so. The time saved because one does not become ill is very worth it.

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