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Bisphenol A:Unsafe chemical or a Safe one.

                                                
The current research states that in general most Canadians are exposed to very low levels of Bisphenol A, therefore it does not

pose a health risk to the majority of Canadians.But on the other hand Bisphenol A has been found to be a developmental, neural and

reproductive toxin that mimics estrogen and can interfere with healthy growth and body function, as such the focus of Bisphenol A

studies have switched to newborns, infants and pregnant women, where the most risk is (1). In a study done by the Work Group for

safe Markets, various brands of baby bottles were test to see how much Bisphenol A leached out of them when heat and it was found

that 5-8 ppb Bisphenol A was leached into the bottle when heated (2). In this study commissioned by Environmental Defense Canada and

other Non government organizations both Canada and American concluded that the amount of Bisphenol A that is being leached into the

baby bottles when warms is within the range shown to cause harm to animals (2). The studies on animals and Bisphenol A within this

5-8 ppb range showed signs of prostate and breast cancer, early onset of puberty, obesity, hyperactivity, lowered sperm count,

miscarriage, diabetes and altered immune systems (2). These results and many others like them show that Bisphenol A is an unsafe

chemical for young and developing children, as well as animals which could pose a problem in the future because small dose of

Bisphenol A leachate have been found in the environment (1).

In 2006 the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health put into motion the Chemical Management Plan and one of the 200

chemicals planned for assessment was Bisphenol A, Bisphenol A was selected for assessment because research at the time thought that

it might pose a reproductive risk (3). Given the information the government had at the time, the government took precautionary

measures against Bisphenol A, such as warning the public about the possible dangers of it and the first steps towards banning it in

baby bottles. Now a few years later with more studies being done on the harmful effects of Bisphenol A, with results showing these

harmful effects, the government’s precautionary measures were a very good idea and laid the ground work to ban Bisphenol A as long

as the Big industries don’t get their way.

Bisphenol A has been around for a long time, over 100 years but it has only been used in plastics since the 1950s, so why now

59 years later has Bisphenol A come to the public’s attention and the governments attention as something that is potentially harmful

to newborns and infants, it most definitely can’t be because that production of plastics is a multi million(billion) dollar

industry, who of course never lie. In a study on the new literature concerning low dose effects of Bisphenol A it was shown that

chemical manufactures continue to discount the findings of other studies on Bisphenol A because none of their so called studies have

reported any significant findings regarding Bisphenol A. (4). Yet around 90 percent of government funded research studies on

Bisphenol A have reported that these low doses of 5-8 ppb or even lower do have significant effects on the animals being used in the

testing (4). If everyone else tests show results that say Bisphenol A is bad for unborn and developing children, why don’t the

industry funded studies show the same thing, maybe it’s because the industry doesn’t want proper results. It has been found that

chemical manufactures have tampered with the results of their studies by ignoring the results of the positive controls and many of

these studies use a strain of rat that does not work with estrogenic response tests, this shows that the chemical industry really

knows what the scientific method is really about (4). No wonder the government has been blind to the effects of Bisphenol A if the

industries scientific method isn’t exactly valid, therefore producing results to benefit the industry, on top of environmental issues

such as this no really being that important in the past.

Referances. 1. Chemical Substances: an eco-action initiative, Bisphenol A: Fact Sheet. (Ottawa: government of Canada, 2008). 2. The Work Group for Safe Markets. Baby’s Toxic Bottle: Bisphenol A Leaching from Popular Baby Bottles (work group for safe markets, 2008). 3. Minister Clements, Tony.(2006) Address. Ministers Remarks on Bisphenol A 4. Vom Saal, F.S., Welshon, W.V. 2006. An Extensice New Literature Concerning Low Dose Effects of Bisphenol A Shows the Need for a New Risk Assessment. Environ Health Perspect. 2005 August, 113(8) 926-933.


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