Friday, January 16, 2009

What's the Buzz on Bisphenol A?

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Perhaps you've heard of Bisphenol A, or BPA, as it is commonly called. You may sense that it is not good for you, but haven't really looked into the dangers. I just read an extensive report by investigative journalist, Randall Fitzgerald. It's scary to think that this stuff is in most every baby bottle and water bottle made. The word is getting out though, as BPA-free bottles are now available--particularly baby bottles and reusable water bottles. You can see mine at my post,
Dropping the Disposable Water Bottle Habit.

So what is BPA and what are the dangers? I'll give you a headstart here. Then you can either read THE HUNDRED-YEAR LIE or go to Hundred Year Lie for more info. Of course, there are tons of other resources also. I like Randall Fitzgerald's writing style--lots of facts from research--no guesswork.
According to Fitzgerald, "BPA is a well-known endocrine disruptor affecting development, memory, intelligence, and learning." Here's some facts from his research findings. I suggest you sit while you read:
Bisphenol A is used to manufacture the polycarbonate plastics added to food containers, baby bottles, and a range of other products. Blood and urine sampling by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered BPA in 95 percent of all people in the U.S., apparently the result of BPA leaching from food products.
A laboratory accident in 1998 unexpectedly revealed the extent to which BPA might impact health. At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, a lab assistant mistakenly cleaned the cages of lab animals with a detergent commonly used on floors. Plastic in the cages reacted to the detergent and leached BPA into the animals' food and water. Nearly half of the offspring born to the affected animals had chromosomal abnormalities.
Plastic linings are found in about 85 percent of the food cans sold in the U.S. Scientists analyzed twenty brands of this canned food and found BPA contamination in half of all they examined. Bom BPA in cans of corn and other food was found to be in amounts of eighty parts per billion, far in excess of the level a Stanford University research team had previously identified as causing breasst cancer cells to proliferate.
A group of professors at Yale School of Medicine reported in 2005 that low does of BPA, as found in food-storage containers, textiles, and flame retardants, may lead to learning disabilities and age-related neurodegenerative diseases in humans. They speculate that BPAs may be a causative factor in the development of Alzheimer's disease, now afflicting nearly five million Americans.
Studies done at the University of Missouri have found that very low levels--two parts per billion--of bispenol A, a chemical found in plastics,. . . causes birth defects. Until 2002, plastics used to package foods were called indirect food additives by the FDA because it is generally understood that plastics leach chemicals into food, water, and the human body. But in that year the FDA changed the terminology to food contact substances so the public would not be unduly alarmed by the migration of
plastics into food and water, especially bisphenol A (BPA) found in plastic water bottles.
Is it any wonder that I am diverting my plastic kitchenware to household storage, and replacing it with glass, ceramic and other materials? While BPA-free plastic water bottles and baby bottles are popping up everywhere, other plastic containers are lagging behind in this trend. Hopefully, this will be the next new product line we see: BPA-free Tupperware?
Have you tried the new rechargeable batteries? I'll review them and give you a few tidbits on Monday. Come see what's new and how you can save lots of money on batteries.

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