Saturday, April 16, 2005
And now for something completely different...
A chemical widely used in the making of clear plastic products, including baby bottles, food storage containers, and even dental fillings, is the subject of debate between those who say it is safe, namely plastic-industry flacks, and those who say it's not, namely most everyone else. Many scientists have found evidence that bisphenol A, or BPA, is harmful, even in the small doses leached from plastic during heating or exposure to acidic foods or strong detergents, because it can mimic sex hormones.I wonder why that could be, perhaps because:
In a wacky coincidence, researchers Frederick vom Saal and Claude Hughes found that all 11 industry-funded studies conclude BPA is nothing to worry about, while 90 percent of the 104 government- or university-funded studies conclude otherwise.
Bisphenol is one of the top 50 chemicals produced in the U.S. Over 1.6 billion pounds were produced in 1995.
On average, humans ingest approximately 6.3 micrograms per day of bisphenol-A rom the linings of food cans.
From childrens health education coalition
Here our a story in Los Angeles Times, Marla Cone, 13 Apr 2005
Here is another one in : USA Today, Elizabeth Weise, 14 Apr 2005
If you didn't already know there is a problem with children going through puberty early. REAL EARLY!
An epidemic of early puberty is hitting young girls in the U.S. Among Caucasian girls in the U.S. today, 1 in every 7 starts to develop breasts or pubic hair by age 8, and among African American girls in the U.S., the figure is nearly 1 out of every 2.
Many scientists that study premature puberty attribute it to endogenous estrogens in plastics and secondhand exposure through the meat and milk of animals treated with steroid hormones. Premature puberty was traced to consumption of beef, pork, and dairy products containing high concentrations of estrogen. Another study from Puerto Rico revealed a higher concentration of phthalate – a xenoestrogen present in certain plastics – in girls who showed signs of early puberty, compared with controls. [more info]
"Young girls [in the 5-to-10-year-old range] with breasts or pubic hair - we encounter this every day we're in clinic," says Dr. Michael Freemark, chief of pediatric endocrinology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. [more info]
Here is a long article about that problem.
Here is an article about Bisphenol from ... oh... 2003… it not like I found a story on this from 7 years ago or anything…. The warnings about this chemical go back even further then that…
Here is another plastic related article "PVC: The Most Toxic Plastic" and another "Ten Reasons to Avoid PVC Plastic" and more and more and more..... it's like when you were a kid and you would life up a really big rock and find dozens of disgusting crawling bugs on the underside.... no wonder most american's just don't want to know... anything.