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BPA exposure higher than expected, linked to health problems

January 29, 2009 by  

A chemical in plastic may enter the body through a variety of meansA new study draws attention to previously unknown health risks associated with a common plastics chemical.

Scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center, writing in the journal Environmental Heath Perspectives, found that the half-life of bisphenol A (BPA) is longer than expected, and they suspect that exposure to the chemical may therefore take place via non-alimentary routes as well.

This challenges previously held beliefs that food is the main source of BPA, and that it is completely excreted from the body.

The researchers, led by Dr. Richard W. Stahlhut of the University of Rochester’s Environmental Health Sciences Center, theorize that additional BPA exposure may come from dust or tap water and that, moreover, it may accumulate in the fat tissue inside the body.

However, they caution that more research is needed to determine if that is indeed the case.

Last September, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported risks associated with exposure to BPA which include brain damage in fetuses and higher risk for heart disease and diabetes in adults.

BPA is a component of many plastics that are commonly used to manufacture a range of consumer products including baby bottles and food containers, but also water pipes.
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  • Bob Livingston

    BPA is a common plastic poison, no doubt a wide-spread health hazard. This is more confusion, however, of cause and effect and more fear mongering.

    This is a topic like so many that cannot be proved nor disproved but keeps the population upset over all the poison boogers out there. The only serious information for the people is alternative or complementary medicine where there is a positive approach to health and people are taught how to overcome toxicity in the environment with a healthy immune system.

  • JD Smith

    I currently drink raw milk. I have been doing this for at least 4 years. I use plastic #7 containers to keep the milk in. In the studies I have read #7 plastic containers have the largest amount of BPA’s but they don’t breakdown in the #7 containers when washed. I also do colon cleanses and full body cleanse for 30 days every other month. I have been doing this for the past 4 years and feel 20 years younger.

    • http://personalliberty.com B. Brown

      To JD Smith, I’m very interested in how you do your colon cleanse as well as your full body cleanse. Actually, you do this every other month? Please reply or email me with details if this is not too much to ask. Thank you.

    • http://personalliberty.com B. Brown

      To: JD Smith: I’m very interested in how you do your colon cleanse as well as your full body cleanse. Please reply or email me with details if this is not too much to ask. Thank you.

      • JD Smith

        If you call me at 570-850-8529 cell, I can give you the information on the cleanses and more info related to better healthcare. JD

      • http://dreamhomesolutions.services.officelive.com JD Smith

        If you call me at 570 850 8529 cell, I can give you the information on the cleanses and more info related to better healthcare. JD
        PS: sorry it took 2 years to reply, I lost the web site.

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