While many theories exists as to what contributed the most to the collapse of the Roman Empire, the speculation that lead compounds found in their food, water, and cosmetics generated widespread health and behavioral issues is well known. Roman citizens accidentally increased the lead level in their blood to a figure 10 times higher than their Germanic neighbors. While advances in chemistry since the industrial revolution should have given humanity enough insight to avoid the same mistake, continued findings about the effects of a little-known chemical called BPA reveals that the western world may have been poisoning itself in a similar fashion for the last 60 years.
What is Bisphenol A (BPA)?
Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, is a popular organic compound used in plastic products. This plastic “building block” is flexible and highly resistant to temperature change and shattering, making it a popular choice for polycarbonate plastic that needs to be especially durable. This means that BPA is essentially everywhere.
The American Chemical Society found that canned food and drinks are almost always lined with BPA-based plastic due to its need to resist the temperature and pressure associated with the canning process. CD’s and DVD’s are laced with BPA plastic to prevent warping from the heat cycles associated with their rotation and reading inside of a disk drive. Polycarbonate eyeglass lenses are used for their perceived safety over traditional glass, which is the same reason that drives manufacturers of medical, dental, and sports equipment to utilize BPA based plastics. Dental fillings and even the receipt paper from your local grocery store are likely to contain BPA.
Perhaps most alarmingly, baby bottles, water bottles, and microwavable plastic containers are likely to contain BPA plastic. This was brought to national news when a company was found to be marketing eco-friendly children’s water bottles that contained BPA-laced seals. Though independent testing found that the seals did not leech BPA into the bottle’s contents, Sigg, the manufacturing company, offered a free liner-exchange for those concerned about the contents of the plastic liners.
What are the risks associated with BPA exposure?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with equivalent bodies in Japan and the EU, have not found that BPA poses any risk to children. Despite this, continued research from scientists state that even low doses of BPA can have disastrous effects on development.
Government-sponsored research from Kyushu University in Japan suggests that BPA functions as a Xenoestrogen, which essentially blocks estrogen receptors. This effect drastically drops testosterone levels in men and natural estrogen function in women. This explains the primary effects of BPA exposure as sampled from laboratory animals and the human population.
Comment from Leslie
Translated – BPA mimics estrogen in the body. Estrogen dominance which many women have is deposited in the hips and the abdomen. Too much estrogen also causes cellular growth as in cancers. Whatever you do – DO NOT MICROWAVE IN PLASTIC – THE CHEMICALS THAT ARE UNLEASHED ARE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH.