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Toss These Three Toxins Today


  1. Bisphenol A (BPA) bpa_bisphenol_food_chemical_health
  • Hint: It’s in a LOT of plastics, especially plastics related to food, and canned food.
  • BPA exposure has been linked to prostate and breast cancer, infertility, obesity, early puberty, and otherendocrine disorders. This is because   it has been documented to impact estrogen receptors and disrupts the hormonal system (by the way, hormones regulate most of the body’s functions!).
  • Home hack: If you must buy condiments and other food substances which are packaged in plastic, buy a case of mason jars and transfer your products into the glass jars when you get home. You will still have BPA exposure, but it’s a step in the right direction.

2. Propylene Glycol (PG)

  • This chemical is labeled as “generally recognized as safe”, however  this ruling was from 1973, and it is also used as a runway de-icing agent and a paint solvent in addition to being used to create artificial smoke or fog. It’s used as a carrier in fragrance oils, cosmetics, medicines, deodorants, and food colors and flavorings.
  • Documented cases of toxicity have primarily been studied in relation to long-term use of anti-seizure medication, however these studies did identify side effects involving the nervous system and heart.
  • With asthma cases numbering 18.4 million in adults and 6.2 million in children, and the rise in e-cigarette use, lung toxicity related to the conversion of PG to formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and other carbonyls when heated warrants further investigation, as well as new research surrounding PG toxicity in relation to food.

Here’s the real question, do you want de-icing and paint solvent chemicals in your child’s food?

  • Home hack: Make your own gummies (they will have actual health benefits rather than sugar and chemicals!) and choose products with vegetable-based dyes whenever possible.

3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

  • MSG is used in wide range of food products to create that addictively delicious flavor, including packaged foods like Doritos and Pringles, fast food including KFC, Chick-Fil-A, and is often found in yellow rice.
  • MSG has long been identified as a trigger for migraine headaches, however it has been under recent scrutiny as to its true role. One May 2016 literature review suggested that previous research linking MSG consumption to migraines had not been executed properly and that   the relationship should be reviewed further. However, a different literature review released in October of 2016 suggested there is indeed a correlation between MSG and headaches. It has also been studied in relation to cheek muscle pain, which may create symptoms of temporomandibular syndrome, and also contribute to headache symptoms in rats and in humans.

Ask people with migraine headaches and most will tell you MSG is a major trigger for them, even when consumed unknowingly (negating psychosomatic symptoms).

  • 2017 study of 100 children suggested that symptoms may arise after more than one exposure and may be related to co-exposure with other triggers such as caffeine.
  • If you’re not convinced, MSG has been used to induce migraine symptoms in rats to study headache relief medication and has been linked to negative effects on neuron activity in rats and neuron death in mice.
  • Home hack: Use turmeric, cumin, and other spices to bulk up the flavor of your dishes without the chemical load, and try copycat recipes mimicking your favorite fast food!

Exposure adds up! Sometimes it isn’t just one thing affecting your system, but the additive effect of multiple chemicals may create more significant change, which is when symptoms pop upEven removing 1 or 2 products with these chemicals will give your system a breakbut more is always better!


Dr. Chelsea Drda joined our team at Atlanta Natural Health Clinic in September 2017.

Although this is only a selection of the peer-reviewed literature, there are ample more research studies on the subjects presented. If you have questions about this literature, ask your healthcare provider. Originally posted on

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