As mentioned in some earlier posts, BPA is an endocrine imitator, therefore creating a false estrogen effect in the body and creating an imbalance in our hormonal activity. In the 1930’s BPA was specifically created as an endocrine disruptor to help control difficult pregnancies. When that craze died down, scientists realized it was a “helpful”addition to polycarbonate (hard,colored) plastics to help make them reusable. The things I’d like to say to those scientists aren’t really acceptable to write so instead please,please, please take this matter into your own hands………
As a good friend stated, I don’t want to make anyone crazy but this is scary………..
If you are using baby bottles, 5 gallon plastic water jugs, and other hard, colored plastics (ex. nalgene bottles, outdoor dinnerware) and eat a lot of canned goods, please read this article.
BPA is turning up in the lining of many canned goods ( acting as a preservative, it them leeches into the food, especially acidic foods -tomato sauce–and high fat foods–infant formula, chicken soup).
This chemical is getting the attention of our govt and will eventually be phased out of our plastics and foods BUT in the meantime avoid at all costs.
As the article’s research so clearly states, BPA has been connected to :
- low sperm count
- early onset puberty
- altered immune system
BPA affects children so intensely b/c of their high metabolic rates, low body weight, and their rapid growth. Children are the most vulnerable so it is important to eliminate BPA from their lives.
Oh also, worries about pre-natal exposure are real, so all of US should avoid this chemical.
- Buy a carbon filter (or reverse osmosis or combo of the two ) for your drinking water. (I like whole house filters best b/c removes chemicals from bath and shower water as well, but these are expensive)
- Use stainless steel water bottles with filtered tap water (instead of plastic water bottles, even the soft plastic water bottles are known to leech, although not BPA)
- Baby bottles: switch to glass or Born Free makes a BPA-free plastic bottle (CVS, Whole Foods, food stores, drugstore.com)
- Do NOT heat foods in plastic in the microwave (BPA leeches at higher temperatures)
- Cut back on canned foods as the BPA liner leeches into the food