December 6, 2019
Putting plastics in contact with food and drinks is a very bad idea.
Putting plastics in contact with the human body is also a very bad idea.
According to a new study, Americans are exposed to 44 more times the amount of plastic-related poisons than what’s considered safe.
Patricia Hunt, the researcher at Washington State University who first discovered that BPA, a dangerous toxin in plastics, can cause cancer and other diseases and disorders, has now developed a more accurate method of measuring it.
In a study published today, Dr Hunt reveals the new tool shows the ‘safe’ limit of BPA stipulated by the US Food and Drug Administration is flawed.
In fact, it is 44 times higher than what Dr Hunt considers safe.
‘This study raises serious concerns about whether we’ve been careful enough about the safety of this chemical,’ Dr Hunt, a corresponding author on the paper, said.
‘What it comes down to is that the conclusions federal agencies have come to about how to regulate BPA may have been based on inaccurate measurements.’
Methodology used by the FDA to establish what is or isn’t ‘safe’ has been subject to scrutiny from a number of scientists. Dr Hunt has led that charge.
She discovered the way that the BPAs – sometimes referred to as ‘gender-bending chemicals – interfered with the production of sperm, eggs, and male and female chromosomes.
According to Dr Hunt and her colleagues, most studies attempting to measure the amount of BPA in human urine have done so by putting BPA metabolites – compounds generated as the chemicals pass through the body – into a snail-based enzyme solution that is supposed to turn the compounds back to BPA itself.
This is an ‘indirect’ measure, according to the study, published in the journal, The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.
Instead, she and her team devised a way to assess the metabolites themselves – directly.
What they found was alarming.
Not only was the disparity between the indirect measure and their ‘direct’ on as wide as 44-fold, the higher the level of BPA, the greater the gulf between their measure and the one used by the FDA was.
Considering the devastating effects of everything plastic to both the human body and the environment, one has to wonder why they’d even allow people to be exposed to even a small “safe” amount of these chemicals.
What is BPA?
The so-called ‘gender-bending’ chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is added to receipts to make their writing appear darker without using ink.
It reacts with oestrogen and thyroid-hormone receptors, and has been linked to infertility, autism, ADHD, obesity, type 2 diabetes, premature births and early onset of puberty.
Health fears prompted BPA to be replaced with its ‘healthier alternative’ Bisphenol S (BPS), however, evidence suggests BPS disrupts babies’ development in the womb.
Exposure to BPA, which is also found in the lining of canned foods, also causes the same inflammation and gut bacteria changes in mice that occur in Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis patients.
These “gender-bending” things are pretty much everywhere in amounts much higher than what’s considered safe, and it just so happens that most people look as if their gender was bent.
“BPA-free” plastics are not safe, as “BPA-free” doesn’t really mean that there are no “gender-bending” (or worse) chemicals in them — it just means that they don’t have the BPA kind of poison.
As a rule of thumb, keep plastic away from your food and mouth as much as you can.
You may not be able to avoid all exposure to plastic, but the more you avoid, the better off you’ll be.
An example of things under your control would be your cookware. Replacing plastic cookwares with glass or stainless steel ones will be better for your health and for the health of the environment.