Leslie Carol Botha: BPA is affecting the neuro-endocrine-immune system – and ultimately will affect brain functioning. This is a serious issue folks – and can no longer be ignored. BPA has been found in the umbilical cords of pregnant women. It is time to wake up and smell the coffee and it ain’t pretty. Better get some targeted nutrition to be brain. It is being bombarded by toxins.
What other products contain estrogen mimickers? Vinyl shower curtains, air fresheners, dryer sheets, perfumes, sunscreens, cleaning solutions, laundry detergent, cosmetics and shampoos and conditioners. Not to mention synthetic hormone birth control – or the hormones in our meats and milks.
BPA Could Affect Brain Development By Impacting Gene Regulation, Study Finds
February 28, 2013
In yet another study drawing a connection between bisphenol A and potential negative health effects, researchers at Duke University have linked environmental exposure to the plastics chemical with disruption of a gene necessary for proper functioning of nerve cells.
“Our study found that BPA may impair the development of the central nervous system, and raises the question as to whether exposure could predispose animals and humans to neurodevelopmental disorders,” study researcher Dr. Wolfgang Liedtke, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine/neurology and neurobiology at Duke University, said in a statement. Liedtke’s research, which was conducted in animals, is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Much of humans’ BPA exposure comes through what they eat and drink, via containers used to keep the food. BPA’s effects on the human body are of concern because some research suggests it is an endocrine disruptor — meaning it affects the way hormones work in the body, leading to possible reproductive and developmental effects, not to mention a possible link with a number of diseases and conditions, such as diabetes and obesity. Researchers noted that BPA is known to mimic estrogen in the body; the chemical is currently banned from baby bottles and cups in the U.S.
In this newest study in rodents, researchers found that BPA could potentially have a negative effect on development of the central nervous system by shutting down a gene necessary to the process, called the Kcc2 gene.
If this gene is shut down, the researchers noted that it doesn’t produce a protein that plays an important role removing chloride from neurons — a fundamental step in proper functioning of brain cells.