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BPA: A Real Life Case Study- Celeste's Story

Posted on October 30, 2011 at 4:55 PM

An interesting occurrence just happened with our dog Celeste. She has been with us since the age of 9 weeks, so we pretty much know her personal doggie health and habits.  She has always eaten very healthy home cooked food from stainless steel or ceramic bowls. But about 6 months ago, we started serving her food from the plastic container that it  was stored in from the refrigerator.

Shortly thereafter, she developed a little growth on her lip. The veterinarian said that Celeste probably bit herself and that the little fibroma could be surgically removed or left there. The thought of putting Celeste under anesthesia to remove a benign small growth was quickly dismissed. Maybe it will go away on its own (Hah! That almost never happens.)

Then about 3 weeks ago, part of her nose started changing color from black to pinkish white. It was on the same side of her face as the fibroma. There was nothing in my mind that even put these same two facial anomalies in the same category. But as most of us know, there are no coincidences. Further detective work was started.

This time I went online to see if I could find the answers myself. (Those who know me, know that I do not give up easily when it comes to health challenges). The internet has a plethora of solutions for every problem. We just have to use discernment and some common sense when filtering through these websites.

Not wanting to buy into the gloom and doom of my dog being old (she’s only 3) or has a weird skin condition or blame it on the weather (hard to believe but seasonal change will cause this nose color shift), I looked into it further. I think it was somewhere around page 5 of the Google search, that other causative factors surfaced.

There was something I found about chemicals in plastic dishes possibly creating the color change. I figured this would be a simple thing to correct. We immediately changed all her serving bowls back to stainless or ceramic. Guess what? In three days, not only was her nose changing back to its normal color but that growth on her lip was also disappearing. One week later, there was no trace of any dis-ease on her nose or lip. My beautiful healthy puppy had her baby face back.


Thank you Celeste for that personal real live lesson on the dangers of plastics in our environment!!!

The thing to realize is that Celeste is a 12 pound dog. The effects on her were visually seen. If you are a 100 or 200 pound person, the effects will not be so obvious. And Celeste is EXTREMELY healthy so her immune system was able to keep these toxins at the skin surface without being deeply absorbed into her internal organs. That is probably the real reason why everything resolved so quickly.

Which brings me to the dangers of BPA.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) has become epidemic in our plastic reliant society. It not only affects our current population, but there is also evidence that it is passed on to newborns in utero as well. It is an endocrine disrupter;  a synthetic estrogen mimicker (xenoestrogen). Hormonal disruption or imbalance leads to infertility, puberty, sexual and gender identity problems, diabetes, obesity and possibly even estrogen related cancers.

It is used in most plastic bottles, the inner linings of beverage and food cans, inks for store receipts, printers and paper money, and some cosmetics and clothing apparel. Even the CDC reported in 2004 that BPA has appeared in the urine of over 90% of people tested.

So why is this important in dentistry?

Because many of the composites and most of the sealants used in dentistry have bisphenol- A in them. Yep. You read that right. You took out your toxic silver mercury fillings and may have replaced them with toxic white ones. Not what I would call progress.

So you as the educated consumer need to stop being so trusting of your health professional (see my personal experience in Choosing a Holistic Dentist), educate yourself some more, and make some better choices. It sure worked for Celeste.

And by the way, the sealants and white filling materials that we use in our office are BPA free.

No worries here.

If you liked this post, you may also like: Are My Mercury Fillings Bad for Me?


Categories: Enlightened Dentistry, Healing, Detoxification

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Reply mike
12:48 PM on October 31, 2011 
fascinating. very reassuring to hear your stuff is bpa free. how long has this been true?
Reply Dr. Brand
1:52 PM on October 31, 2011 
Hi mike,
For years. If you have a specific concern about a particular product, please contact us directly.
Reply Lorena
10:17 AM on November 3, 2011 
Wow! thanx for the BPA information! I love your blogs
Reply Malayshia T
12:42 PM on November 3, 2011 
Thank you for this fascinating post!!!!! We have to be aware of the bowls we eat from. That?s scary.
Reply kimberly june
7:36 PM on November 4, 2011 
thank you for this discussion. after having had my mercury fillings taken out, and chelating for heavy metals poisoning, my health improved considerably. i had my dentist use applied kinesiology before choosing a composite for my fillings and have had no further problems. however, i was not aware that BPA was so readily bioavailable in simple kitchen items...such as a cup, a plate or bowl to drink/eat from. i was aware of its dangers of leaking into food from being microwaved or otherwise heated while in use. i will make better choices from now on for myself, my pets and family.
Reply Dr. Brand
11:48 PM on November 4, 2011 
Thanks everybody for the kind accolades. I am so glad that we can share this information. As we heal ourselves, we heal each other! Spread the word.
Reply Matthew
12:35 PM on February 13, 2012 
OMG this blog was so helpful! Thank You Dr. Brand! I will start buying BPA free bowls, cups etc.
Reply Donna Hudson
9:51 PM on June 27, 2012 
Well, I'm a case history too. When I first got a large composite filling to replace an old amalgam that was falling apart, I had huge uterine fibroids that had developed from using massage creme containing parabens professionally for the previous 17 years. I didn't keep track of what happened to the fibroids during that time, but the filling lasted only a year or so. So I went to a different dentist, and he replaced it. I had done some research on the Net, but all that I read was that the composites were all pretty much the same. Since then I have read that there is one that some 90% of people have trouble with, but I don't know the name of that one to find out if it's what the second dentist used. Anyway, I had this filling put in, and by that time I was 3 years into menopause and the fibroids had gone way down. Three days after I had the filling put in, I thought I had a kidney stone. I was having horrible spasms in the left side of my gut and back. I endured that for about 24 hours, and then it went away. Five days after the filling was replaced, I suddenly had the breasts of a 20 year old. I couldn't fill out a B cup before that, I think I'm a good B and maybe a C now. The left breast was always larger, now the right is larger. After a month or so went by I felt really sick, and couldn't figure out what was wrong. I finally got to feeling so horrible I went to a clinic, and they wanted to do a CAT scan but we have no insurance, so I said try an Xray, in case it's a kidney stone. The x-ray showed bubbles of air in my colon. The NP thought I was just constipate, but I'd seen an X-ray like that before, on an invalid client, and he died. No one knew what was wrong with him, he was in terrible pain like me and he just got weaker and sicker till he died. They knew he had infection, but not where it was. I have never gotten along well with chemicals, and have had my Houston valve spasm closed from eating chemically grown apples if I didn't peel them. That client of mine also had trouble with chemicals, but I haven't worked up the nerve to ask his mother if he'd had a filling put in shortly before his final illness. Anyway, as a massage therapist I know how to open the Houston valve, and that's what I had to do every few days for the whole next year. I'm afraid to have the filling replaced, it's hard to get at and the tooth is not the best, but I am missing 2 teeth on that side already. It's been nearly 2 years and the breasts don't go down. They worry me, and I can't seem to find info on getting rid of BPA. I do take iodine, I have to or my hair falls out. I probably ought to check to see if limonene makes the breasts shrink. I have used it, as orange, lemon or tangerine peels or as oil from these citrus, to deal with other chemical reactions. Whatever enzyme system detoxifies hormones, pesticides, and estrogen mimics, I don't make enough of it. Here is more on that:
"UDP-glucuronlytransferases (UGTs) catalyze glucuronidation reactions, the attachment of glucuronic acid to toxins to render them less reactive and more water-soluble. There are several different UGTs that are distributed throughout the body, with the liver being the major location. In humans, many xenobiotics, environmental toxicants, and 40-70% of clinical drugs are metabolized by UGTs.33 The plasticizer bisphenol A34 and benzopyrene (from cooked meats)35 are two notable examples of UGT substrates (a substrate is a molecule upon which an enzyme acts)."
Anyway, for now I am stuck with that filling and know only that I can't deal with another one like it, in case I need new or replacement fillings in future. Hope this info helps someone. I have tried to find out if others have had their breasts blow up like mine did. Donna
Reply Dr. Brand
11:17 PM on June 27, 2012 
Wow. Donna. That is some story. I am so glad you could share it but I am so sorry for all your troubles. I do have a blog on detoxification of BPA. It might be helpful.
but it sounds like you should be working with a Naturopathic Doctor for greater guidance. You might also look at my other blogs for highly sensitive people at my other website
You might find some helpful ideas there too.