Plastics Linked to Major Health Ailments

. Tuesday, September 16

 
The Journal of the American Medical Association released the results of a major study that points to bisphenol-A, or BPA, a chemical widely used in many plastic food and beverage products, and heart disease, Type II diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities. The study showed that people within the study group with the highest levels of BPA were twice as likely than people with low levels to have those particular health problems. The FDA is defending its recent report that current levels of BPA are safe and denies that it ignored other studies not funded by the plastics industry. BPA is in 90 percent of the population, primarily from leaching out of plastics, and there is very little hope to avoid the chemical:
BPA is used to make polycarbonate plastic, a clear shatter-resistant material in products ranging from baby and water bottles to plastic eating utensils to sports safety equipment and medical devices. It also is used to make durable epoxy resins used as the coating in most food and beverage cans and in dental fillings.
Yale School of Medicine research supports the American Medical Association study, and adds more concern. Primates with BPA were found to have lost connectivity between brain cells that could lead to memory problems and depression.

7 comments:

pamibe said...

Oh.my.gosh. This is huge! And not in a good way....

Theresa Komor said...

Yes, it is. There was another article last night saying the FDA was holding to its stand that BPA was harmless and wants more testing done, but gave ways of how people can limit exposure. The article failed to mention what those recommendations were though.

PaulsHealthBlog.com said...

One of the things we guard against is leaving plastic bottles full of water in the car. The heat really does speed up the process of mixing plastic chemicals with the water.

We are looking for a water filter that is reverse osmosis. Then we can cut back on drinking water from plastic bottles. Reverse osmosis is one of the few ways to get yucky fluoride out of drinking water.

Theresa Komor said...

That's an idea. I use the Brita filter at home. Does that take the fluoride out? I know it does well on the chlorine in the water with the carbon, and that is a big help.

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Jesus, please help us!!!! My husband and I are planning a complete overhaul of all the utensils we use for the kids. Do you have any advise? I m going to spend the weekend researching and hopefully come up with some alternatives for my 3 babies.

And the other day, I heard on my local NPR that DES, which was given to prevent miscarriages and banned in 1970, not only has ties to cancer but has been shown to cause genital disorders and the chemical's effect on many babies (in utero) was t make males effeminate.

Good God!!!!!

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Just found non-BPA stuff at IKEA. Thanks!

Theresa Komor said...

Solomon, nothing surprises me anymore about DES! In terms of avoiding BPA, it would mean avoiding plastic altogether. Is that possible?

Good luck with your babies. They are lucky to have a good mother!