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Now I am (rhetorically) wondering if the pharmaceutical lobby (hello, Viagra) is working on behalf of BPA as well, given a recent study showing that increased levels of BPA are associated with:

  • Decreased sexual desire.
  • More difficulty having an erection.
  • Lower ejaculation strength.
  • Lower level of overall satisfaction with sex life.

The five-year study–conducted by Kaiser Permanente and appearing online in the Journal of Andrology–examined 427 workers in factories in China, comparing workers in BPA-manufacturing facilities with a control group of workers in factories where no BPA was present.

The  study measured urine BPA levels among participants and examined the correlation between their urine BPA level and their reported problems of sexual dysfunction.

According to the study’s lead author De-Kun Li, MD, PhD, from Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research in Oakland, Calif: “Even among men exposed to BPA from only environmental sources (no occupational exposure and with average BPA levels lower than the average observed in the American population), there were indications of an increased risk of sexual dysfunction.”

Toxins in the environment contribute to diseases and health conditions. “Preventing those environmental exposures requires evidence, and this study greatly enhances our understanding of the health effects of BPA,” said Kathy Gerwig, Kaiser Permanente’s vice president of Workplace Safety and environmental stewardship officer.

So there you have it. Everyone is always scratching their head about the rise of disease, disorder, and dysfunction that is affecting our population, and the answers seem plain as day to me. Between environmental pollutants and the abysmal state of modern food, our bodies are coursing with chemicals–is the general rise in epidemics really that confounding?

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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

eat watermelon for a longer lasting thick erection

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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