Creating Waves of Awareness
Learning More About Bisphenol A.
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BPA is a known endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC). EDCs are substances in the environment that interfere with hormone action resulting in adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. Many of these chemicals are designed, produced and marketed largely for specific industrial purposes, but they are also found in some natural foods and may become further concentrated as foods are processed.
“The Society supports the FDA's continuing efforts to evaluate the safety of BPA, but it remains concerned that policy on BPA and other endocrine disrupting chemicals is ignoring the entirety of available scientific data,” said Janet E. Hall, MD, president of The Endocrine Society.
Many chemicals -- Bisphenol A, phthalates, pesticides and various other common chemicals -- in various combinations represent a "significant concern for public health" and should be avoided.
As more persons involved in the medical community conclude that, "First Do No Harm" must be the watchword; and the determination that more research must be presented to show the safety for BPA and products containing this substance to prevent the human population from becoming guinea pigs in a massive long term experiment.
Decades down the line, when the multiplicity of chemicals that act as endocrine disruptors eat away at normal functioning, accumulate in the body and interact we will know for sure that the harm they commit to the reproductive organs, metabolism and life cycle. The information we don't know about fetal exposure in the womb to these chemicals have not thoroughly be studied.
All organizations and individuals absolutely must lobby representatives who make decisions about permitting and/or banning these detrimental substances in our environment. We must quote the researchers who express concern, the clinicians who see rising dysfunction in patients and data from reports and journals detailing the effects, as well as, the fact that countries around the world have already banned risky chemicals.
How will the major industries using BPA reinvent their image? You can be sure they will spin the image and information available to their profitable interests, rather than the health and safety of mankind or the environment. Don't forget that many studies were not independently conducted, but were done under the auspices and funding of the very same industries that produce these materials and foods.
Local Country and State Action
Concerned citizens have found the best way to get action via state regulations in order to turn this flotilla around.
Several other states, and Congress, are considering bans on the use of Bisphenol A in children's products, in order to protect children at their most vulnerable from a chemical that mimics the human hormone estrogen. The Food and Drug Administration has not backed off its endorsement of the chemical as safe, despite independent research that suggests the chemical mimics hormones and could be linked to serious health problems, from diabetes to prostate cancer.
Tests of 10 common packaged food products conducted for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last year found that toxic levels of BPA leached from every one when heated as instructed in a microwave or an oven – even those marked as “microwave safe.” So it’s a good idea to just remove canned goods from the can and place them in a safe dish for heating.
Other Countries Ban BPA