BPA. Myths and Facts.

Note to reader: this is a brief interpretation of the information I have found on BPA.

There are limited roles the government should play in our great nation. One of these roles is to protect its people.

As citizens we loan our power as free individuals to congress in order to protect our nation, thus protecting its citizens.

As consumers it should also be our responsibility to loan our power to congress to protect us from harmful products and shady business practices that could endanger the consumer.

However, it is not the responsibility of the citizen to lend power to congress in order to promote a ban on a specific chemical because it is politically expedient to do so.

In a previous post titled, The Great Global Warming Swindle, I brought to light the contemporary myths of global warming. I also brought to light the influence the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has on green legislation.

Most consumers today are aware of Bisphenol A, or BPA, and the allegations against it.

But what exactly is BPA?

BPA is an organic compound used to make polycarbonate polymers and epoxy resins.

Critics claim that BPA, a weak endocrine disrupter, which can mimic estrogen, may lead to negative health effects.

Concerns about the harmful effects of BPA were first realized as plastics containing the substance were found to exert weak, but detectable, hormone-like properties.

Further concerns were raised when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported [1] in 2010 that infants, young children, and developing fetuses had greater sensitivity to its effects [2].

Subsequently, both Canada and the European Union have banned BPA use in baby bottles and rightfully so [3].

You may have heard that BPA causes cancer or that it accumulates in the body over time. You may have even watched a documentary on the subject of BPA and come to know much about BPA through it.

But, are we being sold another bad bill of goods as was, or is, the case with man-made global warming and the green market?

Is the BPA controversy just another case of junk science that could possibly be used to instigate further consumer regulation?

Lets examine two of the ten main myths so that we might gain a better understanding.

Myth 1: BPA accumulates in the body.

It is known that 90% of Americans have a detectable level of BPA in the body. However, studies done with human volunteers have shown that the small amounts of BPA that humans ingest through normal day-to-day activities are efficiently converted to biologically inactive metabolites. These inactive metabolites are eliminated from the body within 24 hours [4]. A Harvard study has also shown that premature infants are capable of converting BPA into inactive metabolites and quickly excreting it as well [5].

Myth 2: BPA causes cancer.

In 2008, a risk assessment study took place in the European Union. By reviewing all relevant scientific evidence they concluded that, “BPA does not possess any significant carcinogenic potential [6].” Other government bodies have deduced the same conclusion through the use of sound, scientific evidence.

There is no doubt as a society we have the responsibility to protect our developing children and with that said I am for the ban of BPA in infant and child related products.

But should adult consumers really be as frightened by BPA as the media and documentaries make it out to be? Or are we being lulled into another global warming scandal that could potentially cause the taxpayer fiscal harm and businesses regulatory constraint?

Sources:

  1. http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm064437.htm
  2. http://www.ec.gc.ca/substances/ese/eng/challenge/batch2/batch2_80-05-7.cfm
  3. http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/11/25/us-eu-health-plastic-idUSTRE6AO3MS20101125
  4. http://factsaboutbpa.org/what-are-the-bpa-myths
  5. http://factsaboutbpa.org/is-bpa-safe/questions-answers
  6. http://factsaboutbpa.org/what-are-the-bpa-myths

Additional sources:

About BPA

About BPA-Weight of Evidence

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