Sunday, January 27, 2013

More Bad News About BPA, Postscript

Just after I did my last post on BPA this came out:

It seems that substances like BPA have epigenetic effects, influencing gene expression in ways that not only affect anyone exposed to it, but also future generations. So, it's bad enough that we're filling our bodies and the environment with it, but even if we could completely eliminate it from the environment today, it will still have a lasting influence on our children and grandchildren! I think that's plenty of reason to do our best to minimize exposure to this and similar chemicals, and demand that industry and governments start taking a more cautious and responsible approach to what can be used in products and dumped into our environment!


  1. Hello,i am making tinctures for about a year now and i was hoping to start selling them,last week i read your post for preparing tinctures and i learned for the bpa think.I use manson jars and the truth is that i had some concerns about the white stuff in the lid but i had no alternatives since i have a big problem with money and i dont have access to more sophisticated equipment,imagine that i dont even have electricity or internet in my house(caravan)and from the other hand,in all the information i collect from experienced herbalists nothing was mentioning about the lids and everyone is using them,so i was just trying not to scratch them as my intuition was saying.The thing is that i now have about 25 litres of tinctures,mostly from fresh plants and i am a little bit troubled with all this,and its a lot of work and energy that i was hoping to get some back,i dont say wasted because i know that even if i spill them in the mountain the energy,at least of the plants,will be recycled
    I will apreciate your opinion on this and sorry for the bad english,i'm greek

    1. A lot of people who make tinctures haven't considered this. I even know herbalists who make their tinctures using mason jars. It is not ideal in terms of quality or chemicals leaching into your tincture from the plastic coating on the lids. However, people get a lot more exposure to these kinds of chemicals on a daily basis than they are going to get from a few doses of tincture. I don't recommend wasting the tinctures that you have already made. Keep them in boxes in a dark place to protect them as much as possible from light. Maybe you can put aside some of your income from selling them to purchase better jars and use the better jars when you make more tinctures in the future.