Bisphenol A becomes point of Canada-U.S. conflict

Bisphenol A becomes point of Canada-U.S. conflict

Summary: Canadian action is bound to spur public health advocates in the U.S. to demand something be done about bisphenol A, which is so common it's found in the urine of 93% of us.

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Blame Canada, soccer magazine cover from 2001Blame Canada for what may become another big health controversy, over bisphenol A. (Picture from the Emerald City Gazette, a soccer magazine.)

Canada is ready to call bisphenol A, which is found in many plastics including water bottles, a toxic chemical. This is based on animal studies showing it has an impact on hormones.

The impact has been well-known for decades. In fact Wikipedia notes Bisphenol A was studied in the 1930s as an estrogen agonist, meaning it increases the impact on the body of the basic female hormone.

A new study on this "chemical found everywhere" is a bit more sanguine, which has had no impact on those who write scary headlines.

That's because the National Toxicology Program report is more negative than a report last year which pooh-poohed concerns, only it turned out a company hired to do the analysis was also working for the chemical industry. (Ruh-roh.)

Despite the scary headlines the NTP report advises no action be taken against bisphenol A.

Still, the Canadian action is bound to spur public health advocates in the U.S. to demand something be done about bisphenol A, which is so common it's found in the urine of 93% of us.

Or we could just blame Canada.

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  • Blame Canada? Not funny...

    Your reference to southpark is totally inappropriate for this article. If the only thing you know about Canada is through southpark, you really need to educate yourself.

    I'd say your article is quite offending as it is cheap-shot racist and xenophobic, unlike robin williams' performance. If you like your water bottles with toxins, well, don't blame Canada for it, blame Coca-Cola.

    Really, this is not funny. You know nothing about Canada, so shut up. Really unprofessional of you.
    luch3
    • I believe he meant it as a joke.

      Blame canada did come from southpark, but there was a movie in the 1980s with john candy that had the same thing.

      The whole "attack canada" thing is meant as a joke. Its meant in jest.
      Been_Done_Before
      • Jokes...

        I guess that sarcasm and jokes are hard to get through in writing.

        Also, I don't understand how this is supposed to be funny. About the subject at hand, Bisphenol A, if it's toxic, you should thank Canada for raising the flag, not blame us! In fact, I don't understand HOW it is supposed to "become a point of Canada-U.S. conflict", as the article titles. It's a health issue, not a political issue.
        luch3
        • Health care and Canada

          Any time I talk about Canada in relation to health care, I hear it from Americans who consider them socialists.
          DanaBlankenhorn
    • We could use a few more xenophobes!

      Seems everyone these days is all about "tolerate" everyone and everything. When there's an issue, we should not be afraid to call a spade a spade! Why is the U.S. economy down right now? Too many in power in the U.S. (chiefly Democrats) have the twisted notion that the U.S. is too powerful and too big for its own britches...neglecting to recognize that the U.S. has become the world leader and superpower *because* of the freedom afforded its citizens. These same Demagogues continue to attempt to take the U.S. down by nay-saying our efforts to secure the country from terrorist threats as well as economic and cultural threats. Canada? Yep...their lax immigration policies have long been a thorn in our side. Global economics? Nothing like a misguided and mistaken notion such as "global warming" and some Kyoto protocols to bring American businesses writhing down under prohibitive levels of cost and regulation! The list goes on. U.S. in Iraq for oil?? Hah...the Food for Oil scandal shows the truth on that one! IMO, its high time we dismantle the U.N. and quit all this global pandering! And that goes for Canada too! Get off your butts and quit whining up there - you like to ride our coattails and reap the benefits, but whine when asked to contribute something to the cause of freedom and participate in safeguarding the western hemisphere. Buck up and do your part!
      Techboy_z
      • Canada helps the US

        Canada is in war in Afghanistan with the US. I guess it's not as relevant for you as the war in Iraq, but damn, we're contributing and men are losing lives there too. So yes, we are contributing to "the cause of freedom", as you call it.

        About the subject at hand, Bisphenol A, if it's toxic, you should thank Canada for raising the flag, not blame us!
        luch3
  • RE: Bisphenol A becomes point of Canada-U.S. conflict

    Invade us, we aren't scared of you, we have forks and bears!
    desjardinsy69
    • if we invade, it will be to steal your airport technology

      we want to get our planes running on time in any weather. :)
      Been_Done_Before
    • Where the picture came from

      If I remember rightly it was a 2001 U-19 contest played in Edmonton between the womens' teams. It was an outstanding game and the Canadians won the title, taking it from the U.S.

      And there were like 30,000 in the stands.
      DanaBlankenhorn