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BPA, Where Will it Turn Up Next?

Bisphenol A is NOT your friend and lately news report after news report has BLASTED the toxic compound used in making plastic—which appears in BABY bottles of all places—that’s why some families are SUING baby-bottle makers.

Now, if baby bottles seem like a BIZARRE place for a TOXIC compound to show up. Get a load of this list of Hidden Sources of BPA. Via Julie’s Health Club:

  • Pizza boxes made of recycled cardboard
  • Recycled paper
  • Credit card receipts at the gas station and your local restaurant
  • Wine (fermented in BPA-resin lined vats)
  • Beer (likewise)
  • Rubbermaid polycarbonate-lined baking tins used by Subway
  • Pop (soda) cans
  • Organic canned tomatoes
  • Common plastic cups used in college cafeterias
  • Blue-tinted hard plastic 5-gallon drinking water bottles

And yet, people still buy this stuff! Maybe that’s because BPA interferes with brain cells. Although, the senate did want to ban to BPA, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration actually ruled that BPA is safe—INSANE!

At least Canada has their heads on straight. They declared BPA as dangerous. Not to mention, a new report claims everyday plastic products are linked to all sorts of human diseases; from Reuters.

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ER - September 17, 2008 11:15 AM

Hi, thanks for an overall great blog. However, if you took the time to read the scientific literature on BPA (not just press releases from environmental groups and quotes from politicians who represent them), you would see that the evidence is very mixed as to whether current levels of exposure to BPA are high enough to affect human health at all. I'm all for super-healthy living (why I subscribe to this blog and follow Dr. F's recommendations), but there's no value in making claims that aren't backed up by the scientific literature. Please consider being more careful about taking such a strong, borderline-alarmist position without first confirming that the scientific literature supports it.

ER - September 17, 2008 11:50 AM

Hi, thanks for your response. I certainly agree that it's best to remain on the safe side with matters like these, and I would like to see more research on BPA in humans.

However, I would also like to see the media present the information in a more accurate, reasoned manner. It is not "insane" to continue using BPA-containing containers, given current research. Most, if not all, people will never reach the level of exposure that has been shown to cause health problems. In fact, we are many orders of magnitude away from a harmful level of exposure.

Our government might better serve us by removing high fructose corn syrup from the market. :)

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