by Susanne Posel
A new study entitled, “Disrupted Development: the Dangers of Prenatal BPA Exposure”, released by the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) confirmed that bisphenol A (BPA) must be removed from all bottles and packaging because of the evidenced risk to children and babies in utero.
According to the study, babies are exposed in the womb by mothers who consume BPA. This is quite dangerous to the development of the unborn baby within the first 11 weeks of life because “everything is being developed”.
The study cites more than 60 animal and human studies wherein BPA is shown to cause:
• Breast cancer
• Prostate cancer
• Early puberty
• Neurological disorders
• Immune system compromises
Sharima Rasanayagam, director of science at the BCF and co-author of the study explained: “The report summarizes more than 60 peer-reviewed animal and human studies on prenatal BPA exposure, many of which demonstrate increased risk for breast cancer, prostate cancer, metabolic changes, decreased fertility, early puberty, neurological problems and immunological changes. It also explores why the developing fetus is particularly sensitive to the effects of BPA—especially during the first 11 weeks of pregnancy, when many women don’t yet know they’re pregnant.”
In June, a study published showed that BPA can be linked to causing obesity in pubescent girls.
Taking samples of urine from 1,326 girls and boys between the ages of 9 and 12, researchers discovered that BPA levels were higher in those girls who were overweight. The findings were not show to be true of the boys tested.
Shockingly, as little as 2 micrograms per liter of BPA found in the young girl’s system was twice as likely to cause obesity when compared to girls whose BPA levels were below “normal”.
Dr. Di-Kun Le, lead author of the study and reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, said: “Animal (studies) started to show that BPA can impact metabolic processes, which often leads to obesity and diabetes. So we decided to look at it (in humans).”
Le concluded that because BPA affects the endocrine system, exposure to this chemical is directly contributing to the global obesity issue because BPA “is an endocrine disrupter and acts similarly to the hormone estrogen, which impacts metabolic function.”
Le explained: “Overeating a little won’t cause obesity, but (by) having this kind of endocrine damage without knowing it, and adding more food, the consequences are magnified.”
In 2012, the New York University of Medicine (NYUM) reported that packaged food is directly correlated to the obesity levels rising in American children because of their exposure to BPA.
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2003, 92.6 % of children 6 years and older had obviously measurable levels detected in tested urine.
The study also concludes that BPA disrupts other multiple metabolic mechanisms.
BPA has been identified as causation for recent early pubescent development in our children. Between the ages of 5 – 7 is the new average pubescent age, wherein this physiological change used to occur several years later just a generation ago.
BPA is a highly toxic estrogen accelerator that is used in all plastic products commercially produced. The chemical mimics natural estrogen when leeched into the body. It offsets natural estrogen levels, causing the body to hasten its pubescent generation. Nearly all children are exposed to this chemical through plastic toys, pacifiers, bottles, sippy cups. Its influence on natural hormone distribution within the body has proven to be incredibly damaging.
GlobalData surmised that manufacturers would produce 4.7 million metric tons of BPA to be used in plastics worldwide.
While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned its use in certain children’s products, it is widely used in packaging processed foods. In fact, the FDA claims that there is not enough convincing evidence to support the banning of BPA from use in food products, plastic packaging and personal care products. The FDA also asserted that there is insufficient scientific proof to justify restricting BPA’s use.
Other chemicals linked to obesity in humans are:
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Pthalates (used in plastics)
- PFOA (used in Teflon) also are harmful to the human immune system, liver and thyroid
- Corn fed cows has higher levels of saturated fat in their beef
- Arsenic (fed to pigs and chickens) affects the thyroid gland
- Pharmaceuticals and medications in public water supplies negatively affect the natural chemical make-up of our bodies