Chemicals Found On Receipts & In Baby Bottles Is A Danger To Male Hormone Levels
Researchers have made the startling discovery that a gender bending chemical compound is present on some till receipts.
And the levels of hazardous substance Bisphenol A (BPA) can be high enough to suppress male hormones in the body. The compound, used to make ink visible on thermally sensitive paper, is ingested by men when they handle the receipts and then touch their mouths or handle food.
Prof Frank Sommer, 42, a Berlin-based urologist, explained: ‘A substance like that could shift the balance of the sex hormones in men towards oestrogen.
‘In the long term, this leads to less sexual drive, encourages the belly instead of the muscles to grow and has a bad effect on erection and potency.’
BPA is also used in food cans, shower curtains, toys and babies bottles. In addition to suppressing male hormones it is thought that it may be triggering early puberty in girls – and putting them at greater risk of cancer and diabetes.
Scientists claim it is harmful enough for the Government to introduce a precautionary ban.
Most manufacturers of baby bottles have stopped putting it in their products but older stock containing the chemical is still on sale.
The US Food and Drug Administration supports its removal and has stated concerns regarding the impact of the chemical on babies and young children.
BPA is known as an endocrine disrupter and interferes with the release of hormones