BPA Found in 91% of Canadians

A research report from Statistics Canada found that the chemical Bisphenol A is in 91 percent of the Canadian population. Based on a two-year survey from 2007 to 2009, the Statscan report measured exposure levels to over 80 chemicals. In the Canadians tested, the survey documented a mean BPA concentration of 1.16 micrograms per liter of urine sampled. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 had higher concentrations than adults over 40. Teenagers had the highest levels. It was the first time bisphenol A had been measured nationally in Canada. In the study, BPA was measured in 5,476 respondents aged 6 to 79 at 15 sites. For each respondent, a face-to-face interview was coupled with urinary analysis. General demographic and lifestyle information were gathered during the interviews.

Bisphenol A is used mainly in plastics. Exposure to the public could come from many consumer products like polycarbonate baby and water bottles, cash register receipts, and tin cans. Some research studies indicated the chemical could cause problems with brain development in infants and children. Other studies have investigated a possible connection to cancer. Over two years ago, Canada banned BPA in baby bottles.

While it may be distressing to learn BPA is so widespread within a large number of people, some encouraging information also was revealed by Dr. Rick Smith, executive director of advocacy group Environmental Defense and author of a book called “Slow death by rubber duck.” According to Smith, “[t]he average BPA molecule is flushed from the human body in less than six hours. If we can just get BPA out of a few key areas in our lives, levels in our bodies will come down very, very quickly.” Limiting contact with various products known to contain BPA could reduce levels in the body.

Canada is moving toward listing Bisphenol A as a toxic substance. The chemical has been temporarily banned by the government of Denmark.

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Michael Kirkby
Michael Kirkby5 years ago

I'm not sure about which ads you are referring to as I tend not to buy off the internet. I do agree with you about politicians. I just sent a very lengthy letter in response to a donation request I received from People For A Democratic Way. If you would like a copy I would be happy to provide you with one.
Michael Kirkby.

Robin T.
Robin T.5 years ago

Michael K, Laura S & Ana p
Hopefully we are all referring to the same unwanted spam advertising usually using an oriental name. Seems we all feel the same way about them. Not only are they a nuisance but they are, in my opinion, guilty of stealing from Care2 and their sponsors who pay good money to advertise.
I make a point of flagging them as inappropriate every time & am pleased to see that since my last visit to this post the one I flagged has disappeared so maybe it is working.
I have also found that for some reason the flag does not work on some posts & have noticed that on this visit there is no flag.
I would appeal to all the readers to make a point of flagging these adds every time you see them & never visit their sites, maybe they will get the message & leave us alone.
Micheal I agree with you we have to start voting with our brains & start getting our politicians to understand that we will not accept excuses for broken promises we will simply replace them. Maybe we the public must start looking at Government in a different light. Think of them as your employees (We do pay their salaries)if your employee doesn't perform to your satisfaction you will dismiss him/her. So why do we accept poor performance from our politicians. FIRE THEM. Its time we began to see through the great advertising blurb, don't believe everything you read or hear, we need to start thinking with our own brains & looking at the facts before making decisions.

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Frederick G.
Frederick G.5 years ago

very nice

jane richmond
jane richmond5 years ago

Thanks for the info. 91% can't get much higher.

Monique D.
Monique D.5 years ago

Another reason not to buy the plastic water bottles. I actuallt prefer the taste of filted tap water.

mr Crowley
mr Crowley5 years ago

scary, really!

Nikki Jones
Nikki J.5 years ago

Maybe those 91% of the population don't need any help. Maybe it is found naturally and the research so far only suggests otherwise ... there are so many maybes ...

Athena H.
Athena H.5 years ago

wow, that is really sad. well, i guess its a good thing canada has cheap prescription drugs to help those 91%....

johan l.
paul l.5 years ago

Sherylee does not find it surprising.
Why is that?
Reading the article all I can say is this is frightening!
Especially in kids that still have to soak up knowledge.
Does this lower their IQ. Their concentration span, or what?
I can imagine that we would get the same results in most Western world countries!