BPA health scare gets more serious

BPA health scare gets more serious

Summary: Higher levels of BPA in your urine indicate an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or diabetes.


Frederick Vom Saal, University of Missouri, from his Web siteI have given extensive coverage to the controversy over bisphenol-A (BPA), a common ingredient in plastics you use every day.

Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association put in front of its paid firewall a study that will ratchet those concerns even higher.

The conclusion:

Higher levels of BPA in your urine indicate an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or diabetes.

This was accompanied by an editorial from Frederick vom Saal (above) of the University of Missouri recommending that the U.S. follow Canada, declaring BPA a "'toxic chemical' requiring aggressive action to limit human and environmental exposures."

One important point here is that we're not just talking about Nalgene bottles or baby bottles.

As Mr. Vom Saal notes, BPA is found in a wide range of products, including dental sealants, the insides of soda cans and the carbonless carbon paper used for credit card receipts.

JAMA notes that vom Saal helped coordinate a 2006 conference on BPA and defended BPA as an expert witness in 2004. He has written about BPA extensively (and you can download it all in Word). He is no enemy of the BPA industry.

His story includes this nugget:

Congressional action could follow the precedent set with the recent passage of federal legislation designed to limit exposures to another family of compounds, phthalates, also used in plastic. Like BPA, phthalates are detectable in virtually everyone in the United States. This bill moves US policy closer to the European model, in which industry must provide data on the safety of a chemical before it can be used in products.

Europe may be fighting words to some, but conditions like heart disease and diabetes are enormously expensive to fight. Diabetes care alone takes anywhere from one in eight to one in four of our health care dollars each year.

So is a European attitude now warranted?

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  • This will never be banned

    Why even waste the space for this article? This compound will never be baned. A company's bottom line is way more important than a person's health and americans are to apathetic to do anything.

    The extent of this will be another bumper sticker to go next to the "Free Tibet" and "Support Our Troops."

    When exactly did the population of the united states become a lazy mass of do-nothing complainers?

    Could you imagine would 300 million people could do if they got up off their butts and turned off American Idiot or So You Think You Can Make a Fool of Yourself?
    • Don't underestimate democracy

      Tyrants and ideologues of every stripe have
      underestimated the American people for over 200 years.
      All have lost the gamble.

      "The people. Try and stop that." Those are the last
      words in Capra's "Meet John Doe," spoken by supposedly
      cynical newspaper editor James Gleason.

      We are still that way.
  • RE: BPA health scare gets more serious

    The problem with this study is that it did not take into account the diet of those being studied. It seems cut and dry but it's not. BPA is found in plastic food packaging. Having a higher amount of BPA in your system could indicate that you are eating more unhealthy processed, pre-packaged food. We know that a diet consisting of food like that can also increase your risks for heart disease and diabetes. Not saying that BPA is safe, but a better designed study is needed.
    • A longitudinal study is proposed

      This was not a longitudinal study. They simply looked
      at the available evidence. They proposed such a study.