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New BPA study shows exposure may effect behavior October 24, 2011

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A new study released by the Journal of Pediatrics reinforces our previous fears about bisphenol-A (BPA). The study found that 3-year old girls who were exposed to higher levels of BPA while in the womb, were more aggressive, hyperactive, anxious and depressed. BPA is a chemical used to make plastic and we are exposed when BPA leaches into our food through the lining of canned food, plastic packaging, and plastic bottles. BPA has been found to be estrogenic and an endocrine disruptor. Limiting exposure to BPA is important for everyone, but is especially imperative for children and pregnant women. Joe Braun, the author of the study says, “These results suggest that the girls may be more vulnerable to the effects of gestational BPA exposures and there is this unique window of brain development that is susceptible to BPA exposures.”

Check out my previous post on bottled water and BPA for more details.

To reiterate, you can limit your and your children’s exposure to BPA by:

* Limiting your exposure to plastic products

* Avoid canned products

* Do not use liquid infant formula that has BPA lined in the bottles (this generally only occurs in the pre-made infant formula

* Use bulk food, rather than food that comes in plastic packaging

* Avoid plastics #7 and #3

* Use stainless steel or glass containers and bottles

* It is very difficult to completely eliminate our exposure to plastics, but if you take away one tip from this post, please do not microwave plastic containers. Even if they are BPA free, they still might leach other chemicals into your food.

For more information:

http://healthfinder.gov/News/newsstory.aspx?docid=658121

http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/sya/sya-bpa/

http://www.aoec.org/pehsu/aboutus.html

 

Plastic bottles and BPA…why should you worry? April 4, 2010

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What is BPA?

  • BPA, also known as Bisphenol A is a common chemical used to make plastic and is lined in metal containers.
  • It is found in baby bottles, water bottles, almost all canned food, and soda cans When heated or cooled, BPA leaches into food and liquids.
  • The chemical was found in the urine of 95% of Americans tested How does it effect me? BPA is a known endocrine disruptor and when in your body, it can mimic your hormones, eventually causing an imbalance.
  • Several studies have linked BPA to many medical problems, including breast and prostate cancer, thyroid disruption, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, hyperactivity and possibly miscarriages.
  • This is of specific concern for children, since several baby bottles still have BPA, and many of the effects are seen in fetal and infant brain development.

What should I do?

  • Use Stainless Steel bottles
  • Use Glass containers to store food
  • Avoid plastic bottles and containers….yes even many of your favorite Nalgene bottles have BPA
  • Avoid canned food, canned soda Aluminum bottles are great also, but are sometimes lined with BPA, so double check before you purchase
  • If you must use plastic bottles/containers: make sure they are BPA free, do not leave them in extreme heat or cold.
  •  Do not put in them in the dishwasher, hand wash gently Avoid #7 and #3 plastics: Most plastics have a symbol or number at the bottom.
  • Plastics #1, #2, #4, #5, #6 do not use BPA, but may leach other chemicals

Supporting News Articles and Journals

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/08/opinion/08kristof.html?_r=1 http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm197739.htm http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/34532034.html “CERHR Expert Panel Report for Bisphenol A” http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/84527992.html http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123270713/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703906204575027260626461950.html