What will it take to get Bisphenol A out of our food sources? This chemical is a building block for polycarbonate plastic (think hard plastic water bottles) and epoxy resins (think the lining of soup cans and aluminum soda cans). When it is heated or exposed to an alkaline environment, the molecular bonds holding BPA together break and the molecules form a hormone called estradiol, which has been linked to cancer.
BPA has been linked to cancer, heart disease, immune dysfunctions and a host of other health epidemics affecting humans today. It also causes early puberty and damages every part of the reproductive system in women and causes low sperm count and prostate cancer in men. Despite hundreds of independent studies and the wisdom of countless endocrinologists and other medical researchers, the government is still relying on chemical industry-funded studies to set policy and law on BPA.
Despite recent recognition that there may be a problem in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) argues that BPA is a “grandfathered” chemical and the FDA has no authority to ban it, regulate it, or ask the industry what products contain it. Simply changing the rules under which Congress operates in order to change the laws around grandfathered chemicals would take five to ten years.
Once again, it is time to take your health into your own hands and vote against BPA producers and users with your pocketbook. Don’t buy products that contain BPA, do your own research (there are BPA resources all over the Web), and write to your government representatives to find out why the government allows business to poison people for profit.
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