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How Bad is BPA For You – New Studies and FDA Denials

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How Bad is BPA For You – New Studies and FDA Denials

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Do you know how bad BPA is for you? Well, last month, two new studies provided even more evidence that bisphenol-A BPA (an industrial chemical used in plastic) may be bad for human health. Both studies showed that BPA and phthalate in plastics affect both male and female human reproductive health.

The first study showed that BPA in the body of those who are already at an increased risk of miscarriage can increase the risk even further. The second study provided evidence that the level of BPA in a man’s body has a direct correlation to his ability to make a woman pregnant (2).

Both studies provide further evidence that the FDA’s long-standing stance that BPA is relatively safe for humans is the wrong approach. Through the years, the FDA has repeatedly stated that there is not enough evidence to warrant regulatory actions.

These two findings do not come from fringe researchers either. The miscarriage study was conducted by a Stanford University reproductive endocrinologist, and the men’s health study was conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Texas A&M Rural School of Public Health, and the New York State Department of Public Health (1).

It’s getting that much harder for the FDA to ignore the weight of the evidence.

How Bad BPA Is For You and the FDA’s Denials

For years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – likely under pressure from industry lobbyists – has been avoiding making any moves on regulating such chemicals in plastics, stating that there was not enough evidence to support regulating those chemicals.

In a 2012 statement, the FDA wrote:

The Food and Drug Administration’s assessment is that the scientific evidence at this time does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe.

The FDA stated that the agency “has performed extensive research on BPA, has reviewed hundreds of other studies, and is continuing to address questions and potential concerns raised by certain studies.

However, the FDA did start listening to public concern, and also issued ideas that consumers could use to avoid exposure to BPA, including checking the recycle codes on the bottom of plastic containers for 3 or 7, not putting hot or boiling liquids in plastic bottles, and discarding all scratched bottles. (3)

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Most Recent BPA Studies

The first study published in October followed 115 pregnant women who had risk factors for miscarriage. After dividing the women into four groups according to BPA levels in their blood, and observing the progress of the pregnancies, researchers found that the women with the highest levels of BPA in their blood stream had an 80% higher risk of miscarriage than the women with lowest levels of BPA.

The second study looked at 500 couples who were trying to get pregnant. The men in the study were tested for the level of phthalates in their blood. The women in the study also had their blood levels tested.

At the end of the study, researchers found that the level of phthalates in the women did not have an effect on fertility. However, the men with the highest levels of phthalates were 20% less likely to impregnate their partners.

FDA’s Most Recent Response

In March 2013, the FDA, while still maintaining that recent studies have “thus far supported the safety of current low levels of human exposure to BPA”, did acknowledge the more recent studies showing evidence of BPA’s impact on human health.

how bad is bpa for you

The FDA statement referred to the the studies as using “novel approaches to test for subtle effects”, but the FDA at least acknowledged that the National Toxicology Program NIH had concerns about the effects of BPA on bodies of fetuses, infants and young children.

While waiting for the results of NCTR studies, the FDA advised Americans to limit exposure to BPA, and stated that the “FDA is supporting a shift to a more robust regulatory framework for oversight of BPA” (4).

What You Can Do

According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in 2004 the CDC found levels of BPA in 93% percent of samples obtained from people over six years old. This means that exposure levels are high, and people are unfortunately contaminated without realizing it.

To prevent exposure to BPA and phthalates, the NIEHS recommends:

–> Not microwaving polycarbonate plastic food containers
–> Avoiding plastic containers with recycle codes 3 or 7
–> Eating fewer canned foods
–> Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers as much as possible.

The real dangers come from when food or liquids are very hot inside of containers, so if you need to heat or reheat foods, using non-plastic containers is the way to go.

Ultimately, you need to be proactive when it comes to your health, regardless what the FDA says. These days, the FDA and industry have preference for economic and industry factors rather than playing it safe for the benefit of human health. That leaves it up to you to protect yourself, until the FDA finally catches up with the reality of the dangers later on.

References & Image Credits:
(2) USA Today

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