Connection Between BPA Exposure During Pregnancy and Girls' Behavior Problems
What do canned foods, dental sealants, thermal printing receipts, pizza boxes, soda cans, wine, and toilet paper have in common? All of these products have traces of BPA (bisphenol-A) if the food or drink items have been placed in plastic lined containers. BPA is a chemical component found in plastic and it is widely used in holding liquid and food items or finishing products (review above list). (CBS News) A new study correlates BPA levels in pregnant women with behavior problems in young girls.
BPA is no joke! Studies have been done on the effects of elevated levels of BPA impacting the health of adults and children. It has been correlated with type 2 diabetes, angina, coronary heart disease and heart attack in adults.The results, published in the 2008 of The Journal of the American Medical Association, were based on urine samples from 1,455 participants in a government health survey. (Jordan Lite of The Scientific American) An editorial that accompanied the study blasted the FDA for not following Canada's lead in banning plastic baby bottles because of their potential danger from BPA. Some members of congress expressed concern and the need for legislation after further studies were done, and not by the chemical industry which had found BPA to be "safe." (Biello, Scientific American)
On October 19, 2011 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the ban of plastic baby bottles in California. And recently, according to Huffington Post writer, Matthew Perrone, the chemical industry has stated that it no longer puts BPA in plastic bottles and hasn't been doing so for two years. But the use of the chemical should be banned in all products and according to the Perrone article, consumer groups are working toward this effect. Today's reports of the recent study should move the chemical industry closer to a BPA ban.Continued on the next page