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BPA Wrecks Sex

Certain things are hard for me to wrap my brain around. Like bisphenol-A (BPA)–the industrial compound used in manufacturing polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, and contained in a wide variety of consumer products (baby bottles, plastic containers,  the resin lining of cans for food and beverages, to name a few). People are exposed to BPA by using such products–one sampling in a CDC body burden study detected the chemical in 93 percent of those included.

Since at least 1936 it has been known that BPA mimics estrogens, binding to the same receptors throughout the human body as natural female hormones. Now does it really seem like a good idea to be using synthetic estrogen in commonly-used materials that allow it to leach into our bodies?

More than 100 peer-reviewed studies have found BPA to be toxic at low doses. Scientists have linked it to everything from breast cancer to obesity,  heart disease to diabetes, attention deficit disorder to genital abnormalities in boys and girls alike. The FDA is just beginning to mumble “maybe just maybe we should think about conducting some further studies.” I’m sure it has been hard to come to this conclusion, given the millions of dollars spent on pro-BPA lobbying by the chemical industry.

Steven Hentges of the American Chemistry Council notes that Americans absorb quantities of BPA at levels that government regulators have found to be safe. But, “the vast majority of independent scientists—those not working for industry—are concerned about early-life low-dose exposures to BPA,” said Janet Gray, a Vassar College professor who is science adviser to the Breast Cancer Fund.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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12:08AM PST on Dec 16, 2013

So does over protected parents and yoga philosophy... :) Though.... thank you very much for the advice. BPA sounds really damaging....

12:26PM PDT on Sep 24, 2010

Debbie G., the FDA still allows this chemical's use because of all the money spent in lobbying done by the industry to continue it's use to keep their costs down. The industry could care less what affect the chemical has on general health and the environment. The only thing they care about is their "bottom line"!!

5:18PM PDT on Aug 29, 2010

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3:04AM PDT on Aug 25, 2010

Everyday it seems like i'm discovering more evil the world creates for the sake of what? Money? Tsk. So sad.

2:39AM PDT on Jul 7, 2010


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12:02PM PDT on Jun 26, 2010

Here we go again--sure hope there's not much BPA in beer cans or I'm doomed!

11:55PM PDT on Jun 24, 2010

I'm still looking for an answer to this question: BPA's effects are supposed to be "estrogenic." I only very reluctantly stopped hormone replacement tx after negative study results. Is BPA's "estrogen" identical to regular human estrogen (which many ladies still take in much greater dosages than could be gotten from a can lining!) -- or is the situation much more complex? How can something we all have in our bodies naturally suddenly be such a villain? How about pre-menopausal women who still have lots of estrogen? Wouldn't BPA just add a little more? It's easy to understand the ill effects for children -- but for adults...? We hear so much about possible negative effects but NOTHING about the real mechanism(s) of action.

5:05PM PDT on Jun 20, 2010

Thanks for the informative article. BPA needs to be banned permanently as it's capable of causing us untold danger to our health and environment. I had heard about BPA in plastic bottles and canned goods already and have been sharing the information to those who will listen!

12:20AM PDT on Jun 19, 2010


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