BPA (Bisphenol-A), the common chemical used to make many plastics, was recently tested on humans against concerns with safety and health impacts. Surprise, surpise… the tests CONFIRMED that BPA is a threat to human health. Many previous animal studies had raised flags about the toxicity of BPA, and while some countries are taking steps to phase it out, the FDA still claims that BPA is safe. Sadly, even in the face of this human study which showed strong links between BPA exposure and human diabetes, heart and liver diseases, the FDA “defended their assessment that BPA is safe,” according to a good overview in the 9/17 USA Today. Wow, that’s just sad.
Plastic baby bottles, drinking bottles, certain food containers and other items, including the lining of cans, may contain Bisphenol-A. Basically, consider any hard, clear plastic to be strongly suspect. The chemical, which mimics the hormone estrogen, has repeatedly been found in the bodies of Americans and has been shown to contribute to prostate and breast cancer, obesity, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, brain damage, altered immune system, lowered sperm counts, and early puberty. Doesn’t sound a bit safe to me.