Almost 70% of nearly 200 cans produced by major retailers such as Campbell Soup Company, General Mills Inc.’s Progresso, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s contain the chemical Bisphenol A in the body or lid of the product, according to a new report by five nongovernment organizations. BPA is present in canned foods, part of the barrier between food and the metal can. Concern about the chemical has been raised in recent years after studies found it can get into the food it packages and may harm childhood development and reproduction. Of all the companies the report surveyed, only Campbell’s, McCormick and Nestlé said they plan to move out of BPA use in the next two years.
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.