What you really need to understand about BPA
90% of Americans have detectable levels of Bisphenol A (BPA) in their blood. Although it is known to be one of the most pervasive, toxic chemicals in our daily lives, 2 billion pounds of it continues to be produced annually in the U.S. as major manufacturers use it in their products.
The Breast Cancer Fund and Silent Spring Institute recently released a study, in which levels of BPA were tested in a small group of average American families. These families, like many American familes, are regularly exposed to BPA via canned foods & beverages, microwaving in plastic containers, plastic bottles & restaurant food and packaging...normal everyday products American consumers use without a second thought.
To test the ablility to reduce levels of BPA in our bodies, the families were given a "fresh food intervention" whereby they ate only freshly prepared organic meals, consumed nothing from cans, and used only glass containers for only three days.
The results were astounding: after only 3 days of curbing their exposure, on average, the levels of BPA were reduced by 60%.
For more info: on 4/1/11 I wrote about endocrine disruptors and on 3/30/11 I posted an entry on BPA (an endocrine disruptor.) Again, I repeat that nobody really knows how much exposure to BPA is safe, and there actually may not be a safe level at all.
KNOWING THIS, how can we continue to eat food out of cans or plastic bottles or use plastic in microwaves???
There are numerous published reports linking BPA with: obesity, breast cancer, prostate cancer, infertility, ADHD, early onset puberty, thyroid function, reproductive system, sexual dysfunction, preeclampsia, miscarriage...A 2008 report by the U.S. National Toxicology Program and a January 2010 FDA report expressed concerns about BPA's effects on fetal and infant brain development and behavior.
MomsRising.org is spearheading a petition to stop major corporations from using BPA in their food and packaging products.
Please take less than a minute to sign the petition and make it easier for all of us to live with less BPA levels in our bodies.