Wednesday, August 1, 2007

And speaking of Bisphenal A (BPA)...

Unsafe levels of Bisphenol A found in humans, scientists say 8/1/07 "Human exposure to food packaging chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is higher than levels found to have caused cancer in laboratory animals...In addition a group of 38 scientists associated with BPA research have issued a consensus statement saying that they are particularly concerned about the use of concern is the use of BPA in food and beverage plastic storage and heating containers and to line metal cans...BPA is an additive widely used in plastic packaging and the resin linings of food cans. It is also used in dental filling. Other published studies have found that the chemical migrates in small amounts into food and beverages from packaging containing the substance...One review reports that BPA is present in many forms in the daily lives of Americans. The common exposure sources are the linings of food cans and some plastic containers, including some popular water and baby bottles...The journal will also publish simultaneously a new study claiming that BPA is functionally similar to diethylstilbestrol (DES), a synthetic estrogen banned long ago for use by pregnant women...Previous studies have linked BPA with increases in abnormal penile and urethra development in males, early sexual maturation in females, an increase in neurobehavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism, an increase in childhood and adult obesity and type 2 diabetes, a regional decrease in sperm count, and an increase in hormonally mediated cancers, such as prostate and breast cancers..."

From previous post more reasons to take folic acid - in order to help prevent epigenetic changes to fetus from BPA.

It seems clear to me that the chemical industry has learned some valuable lessons from the fossil fuel industry and their battle to instill doubt in the public as to the scientific veracity of climate change. The difference, beyond the lies and half truths, is that many chemists have stuck their neck out to say BPA is safe... when in fact their statements are not within the purview of their expertise. When objective researchers (unpaid by industry) who are experts on how chemicals can effect human health study BPA... lo and behold they usually find disturbing results. When the dust on the BPA fracas settles I would hope there would be fallout for those researchers who claimed that BPA was perfectly safe. Of course we all know what the chances of that will be.

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