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Endocrine Disruptors or Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that mimic, block, or interfere with hormones in the body's endocrine system. EDCs have been associated with a diverse array of health issues. Some common examples of EDCs include DDT and other pesticides; flame retardants used in furniture and floor coverings; and BPA and phthalates used in children's products, personal care products and food containers.
BPA stands for Bisphenol A, and it's an industrial chemical compound used to make plastics and epoxy resins since the 1960s. BPA is used in containers that store food and beverages such as water bottles, baby bottles and canned goods. BPA is very heat and chemical resistant. In receipts, it is used to coat paper that allows for inkless Printing in point-of-sale (POS) products.
BPA is an endocrine disruptor that mimics oestrogen, causing various neurological disorders and is linked to asthma, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and various types of cancer. Because 27% of the BPA that touches the skin reaches the bloodstream within two hours, thermal receipt paper transmits this chemical into your body every time you touch it. Keeping a BPA coated paper receipt in your wallet further exposes you to this EDC.
Because of these health risks, countries like Canada and Japan have already banned this harmful chemical whereas many states in USA have started to ban BPA in receipts. If paper receipts are such a problem, why are we still using them? It is mainly for lack of viable alternatives that these paper receipts remain part of our lives.
So next time you draw money from an ATM or make payment through a card on a POS machine, say “No” to the paper receipt if you can do without it.
Dr Shariq Masoodi
Senior Endocrinologist SKIMS Soura

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