BPA stands for Bisphenol A. a toxic industrial chemical
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a known carcinogen found in petroleum based products such as hard plastics can goods and in plastic water bottles. What makes BPA so toxic is it acts as a hormone disruptor. By mimicking the body's natural production of estrogen, it upsets your hormonal balance. BPA has been used to make plastics and resins since the 1960's. During the summer we've been cooking eating storing and reheating a lot of food. If your containers aren't BPA free this is why they should be. Now Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a synthetic used to harden polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resin. BPA has been used for nearly 50 years and has been suspected of being hazardous since the 1930's. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles, juice and milk containers, cups, food storage containers, and cans. They are also used in toys, CD's and other consumer goods. Types of plastics shown to leach toxic chemicals are polycarbonate, PVC and styrene. This does not imply that other plastics are entirely safe. These plastics have just been studied more. Bisphenol A (BPA), has been proven to leach from polycarbonate plastics into your body. These epoxy resins are also used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops, beer and soda cans and water supply lines. Some dental sealants and composites also contain BPA. FYI, thermal paper products, such as cash register receipts, often contain BPA. Research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA or into your body when you handle products made with BPA. As research studies are continuing. The American Chemistry Council, an association that represents plastics manufacturers, contends that BPA poses no risk to human health. Big surprise there, right.
However, the National Toxicology Program at the Department of Health and Human Services says it has concerns about the possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, the prostate gland, fetuses, infants, and children. The Food and Drug Administration only recently beginning to share this level of concern and is taking some steps to reduce human exposure to BPA in the food supply. Wonder what woke them up? I'll tell you what, public involvement and outcry. As they recently banned BPA from baby bottles. Hormones stimulate certain cancers. Bisphenol A has been found to stimulate prostate cancer cells and causes breast tissue changes in mice that resemble early stages of breast cancer in both mice and humans. One study found an association between ovarian dysfunction and higher levels of BPA in urine. Early-life exposure to BPA can also cause genetic damage. Researchers found that BPA causes chromosomal errors at low levels of exposure in mice, which can lead to spontaneous miscarriages and birth defects. As for human data, one study found that women with a history of recurrent miscarriages had over threefold higher levels of BPA in their blood compared to women without a miscarriage history. Of 115 published animal studies, 81% found significant effects from even low-level exposure to BPA. While none of the 11 industry-funded studies found significant effects. Adverse effects include:
• Early onset of puberty, and stimulation of mammary gland development in females
• Changes in gender-specific behavior
• Changes in hormones, including decreased testosterone
• Increased prostate size
• Decreased sperm production
• Altered immune function
• Behavioral effects including hyperactivity, increased aggressiveness, impaired learning and other changes in behavior
As scientific evidence of BPA's biological activity grows, the search for alternatives becomes more imperative. While the polymers BPA creates are strong, they easily release the substance, which can get into our bodies not only through contact with BPA-laden products like sales receipts but also through food, dust, and air. Other adverse effects can occur at very low levels of exposure, which include disrupted genetic signaling and hormone activity that can lead to diabetes, obesity, impaired reproductive, developmental, neurological, immune, and cardiovascular system function, and certain cancers. Of particular concern were the effects of BPA on infants and children. In a move seen by advocates as too long in coming, this year, the Food and Drug Administration banned the use of Bisphenol A, in baby bottles, sippy cups, and in baby formula packaging, though it won't ban it's use for other purposes at this time. So the corrupt bastards at the FDA will concede the chemical is hazardous for your children but not for the rest of us . Really? Still this is another milestone in the people-powered movement to get BPA out of our food. Consumers demanded BPA-free baby formula, and manufacturers finally did the right thing.
BPA the chemical is in so many products that it is virtually ubiquitous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found BPA in more than 90 percent of the Americans it has tested. U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has labeled BPA "a chemical of
concern," Avoid the large 2.5 and 5-gallon hard plastic containers of water. Many people have a monthly subscription to Sparkletts or Arrowhead and have water delivered to their homes. Unfortunately, these hard plastics are often riddled with BPA and when exposed to warmer temperatures or direct sunlight, during transport leach the chemical into the water. Have you ever left your water in the car for a day or two only to drink it later and wonder why it tastes funny? The chemical in the plastic leaches into the water from the container and that is what you're tasting. One more reason as I stated in my article last week (Bottled Water vs. Tap) get off the the water bottles and start using tap water. Tap water is entirely more regulated, and contains no BPA if you put it in a glass. Just remember to use a filtration system such as a filter pitcher, a BPA free filter water bottle, or in line filter that will remove the chlorine, fluoride, metals, pharmaceuticals, etc. You can easily use the inexpensive options we offer at "Nourish A Life". Just click one of the "Nourish A Life" banners on either side of this article for the safe inexpensive solution. If you don't change your habits of drinking bottled water, know this, every time you watch someone in your family lifting a bottled water to their lips they are traveling down a path of poor health and doctor visits in the future. Especially if you are the type to buy cases of water on sale and store then in your hot garage until you you use them.
In the meantime, you can take steps to minimize your exposure. Seek out manufacturers that label their plastics as BPA-free. Now, keep in mind that most aluminum cans or bottles have linings that contain BPA, so ween yourselves from these products and eat fresh foods. Polycarbonate plastic is generally hard, clear, lightweight plastic. It often has the No. 7 recycling symbol on the bottom. The National Toxicology Program advises against microwaving polycarbonate plastics. The plastics break down over time, causing BPA to leach into your food. The National Toxicology Program advises against washing polycarbonate plastics in the dishwasher using harsh detergents. Plastics are labeled with a number between 1 through 7. Inside that little triangle made of arrows stamped somewhere on the plastic item. Plastics labeled with the number 7 and a PC are made of polycarbonate and contain BPA. You also want to avoid number 3 (PVC-polyvinyl chloride) and number 6 (PS-polystyrene), not for BPA issues but other toxin concerns. In general, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 1, 2, 4, 5, are very unlikely to contain BPA. PVC plastics contain phthalates and the styrene in polystyrene plastics is toxic to the brain and nervous system.
The good news is that some experts believe BPA does not stay in your system permanently. The bad news is that the average person still absorbs the poison so frequently (BPA is also present in the packaging of virtually every microwave meal), that it's probably present in your system all the time, constantly disrupting and damaging your health.
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