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What Can Parents Do? Inthe possible health risks of Bisphenol A BPA -- a common chemical in plastic -- made headlines. Parents were alarmed, pediatricians flooded with questions, and stores quickly sold-out of BPA-free bottles and sippy cups.
Where do things stand now? Have plastic manufacturers changed their practices? How careful does a parent need to be when it comes to plastics and BPA? We get most of it by eating foods that have been in containers made with BPA. BPA was common in baby bottlessippy cups, baby formula cans, and other products for babies and young children.
Now, the six major companies that make baby bottles and cups for infants have stopped using BPA in the products they sell in the U. Many manufacturers of infant formula have stopped using BPA in their cans, as well.
According to the U. While the hard outer shields of some pacifiers do have BPA, the nipple that the baby sucks on does not. But in the agency altered its position. The FDA maintains that studies using standardized toxicity tests have shown BPA to be safe at the current low levels of human exposure.
But based on other evidence -- largely from animal studies -- the FDA expressed "some concern" about the potential effects of BPA on the brainbehavior, and prostate glands in fetuses, infants, and young children.
Continued How could BPA affect the body? Here are some areas of concern. Some experts believe that BPA could theoretically act like a hormone in the body, disrupting normal hormone levels and development in fetuses, babies, and children.
Animal studies have had mixed results. Brain and behavior problems. Some animal studies have shown a possible link between BPA exposure and a later increased risk of cancer.
Two studies have found that adults with the highest levels of BPA in their bodies seem to have a higher incidence of heart problems.
However, the higher incidence could be unrelated to BPA. Increased risk to children. Some studies suggest that possible effects from BPA could be most pronounced in infants and young children.
Their bodies are still developing and they are less efficient at eliminating substances from their systems. Although this list of possible BPA risks is frightening, keep in mind that nothing has been established.
The concern about BPA risks stems primarily from studies in animals. A few studies in people have found a correlation between BPA and a higher incidence of certain health problems, but no direct evidence that BPA caused the problem. Other studies contradict some of these results.
Some experts doubt that BPA poses a health risk at the doses most people are exposed to. Recommendations about BPA could change in the next few years. For now, there are no restrictions on the use of BPA in products. The Food and Drug Administration does recommend taking "reasonable steps" to reduce human exposure to BPA in the food supply.
The FDA has also expressed support for manufacturers who have stopped using BPA in products for babies and for companies working to develop alternatives to the BPA in canned foods. A number of states have taken action. Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin, and Vermont have laws restricting or banning the sale of certain products containing BPA, like bottles and sippy cups.By Dr.
Mercola. Bisphenol-A (BPA) was first created in by a Russian chemist. By the s, it was found to mimic the effects of estrogen in the human body. Still, in the s, BPA found its way into industry, as a chemical that could produce strong, resilient and often transparent plastics.
BPA is a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to adverse health effects like cancer, infertility, diabetes, obesity and ADHD (Newbold, ) A large amount of BPA . Those who oppose the effects of low levels of BPA claim that the effects of BPA are often exaggerated.
They stress on the point that toxic effects of BPA occur only at very high levels of exposure (Beveridge & Diamond, ). Accordingly, there is no risk from environmentally relevant levels. BPA exposure on the neurological development of human fetuses and newborns, but “minimal. concern” about effects on the early onset of puberty or development of mammary or prostate.
cancer. (The expression of “some concern” is midway in a qualitative scale used by NTP. Essay on Atypical Childhood Social Behavior and Phthalates, BPA Words 4 Pages The Article describes how endocrine disruptors can produce childhood social impairment and more specifically the effects of bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates exposure during pregnancy produces autistic-like social behaviors in children.
Bisphenol a (BPA) is the widely used chemical found in many plastics, food can linings, and even on US dollars and receipts. Known as an endocrine-disrupting chemical that mimics the hormone estrogen, BPA has been linked to numerous negative health effects in countless studies.