Tuesday, February 26, 2013

More bad news about BPA

BPA harms the developing brain. Especially if you have kids in the house, try to avoid anything that comes in a can or a plastic bottle. You should also shun receipts at stores. BPA is most harmful to the developing brains of female children.

If the mechanism discussed in the linked article occurs, "it can damage neural circuits and compromise a developing nerve cell's ability to migrate to its proper position in the brain." You don't want to risk your child's health, so be careful. Here are the culprits:
BPA, a molecule that mimics estrogen and interferes with the body's endocrine system, can be found in a wide variety of manufactured products, including thermal printer paper, some plastic water bottles and the lining of metal cans. The chemical can be ingested if it seeps into the contents of food and beverage containers.
That the use of this chemical isn't banned categorically in the U.S. reflects our brainless American culture. We shouldn't have to yell at the FDA to get a harmful substance banned. But corporate culture rules, and to hell with the people. U!S!A!, U!S!A! American life is turning into a cartoon.