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?