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1930s Bisphenol A is first investigated in the search for synthetic estrogens.

Diethylstilbestrol, is determined to be more powerful than estrogen itself, so bisphenol A is not used as a synthetic estrogen.

Bisphenol A current uses are as a primary monomer in polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is also used as an antioxidant in plasticizers and as a polymerization inhibitor in PVC.

1998 Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction is established within the National Institutes of Health to assess the dangers of chemicals to human reproductive health.

As with most government programs to study the effects of industry on humans the bulk of the work is outsourced to industry sponsored "think tanks".

2007 More than 100 government studies confirmed the ability of BPA to mimic estrogen, cause genetic changes that lead to prostate cancer, decreased testosterone, low sperm counts and early female fertility.

A study of bisphenol A is done by Sciences International funded by BASF, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Chevron, ExxonMobil, 3-M, Union Carbide, the National Association of Manufactures as well as numerous other manufactures and industry groups.

Sciences International reviews the scientific literature, writes the basic report, "suggests" who should be a member of the scientific review panel, sets the parameters and the agenda under which the panel operates.

Bisphenol A has not been conclusively proven to have any detrimental effects on humans.

A dozen industry studies confirm.

Some polymers manufactured with bisphenol A are FDA-approved for use as food additives.

2008 Food and Drug Administration bisphenol A draft assessment of claims bisphenol A is safe, ignoring numerous independent and government-funded studies which show risk of harm including brain and prostate damage to developing infants, fetuses, and children, as well as increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.

FDA relies on two studies funded by an arm of the American Chemistry Council, a trade organization representing chemical manufacturers.

In test animals bisphenol A in concentrations lower than those set by the EPA have caused permanent changes to the genital tract, changes in breast tissue that predispose cells to hormones and carcinogens, 30% increase in prostate weight, signs of early puberty, decline in testicular testosterone, breast cells predisposed to cancer, prostate cells more sensitive to hormones and cancer, insulin résistance, decreased maternal behavior, damage to eggs and chromosomes, hyperactivity and reversal of normal sex difference in brain structure.

"Small amounts of estrogenic oil, bisphenol A for example, can permanently disrupt cellular control systems and predispose the prostate to disease in adulthood," said Barry G. Timms, a professor of biomedical sciences at the University of South Dakota who specializes in prostate biology.

"Exposure before birth to bisphenol A and other estrogen mimics at low doses explains why we have this increase in incidences of both breast and prostate cancers," said Patricia Hunt, professor School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University.

"The failure to report the toxic effects of bisphenol A in plastics follows a familiar pattern in which the industry involved adamantly denies any harm despite overwhelming animal studies to the contrary.

Many neurodegenerative diseases, from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder to brain tumors, are dramatically rising in the Western culture, especially in children.

Many toxic substances are present in common foods, cleaners, clothes, personal items and other household products, consumers and especially parents would be well advised to become aware and avoid exposure." - Dennis Schumacher MD

"Reading the comments of Steve Hentges of the The Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group group gave me a profound feeling of déjà vu.

Steve Hentges' denigration of scientific evidence of the probable health dangers of bisphenol A echoed the comments, over years, of "scientists" from the tobacco industry denigrating scientific findings of the health risks of tobacco.

One suspects that all the evidence that is needed to prove the danger of BPA is in locked flies of the plastics industry." - Norman Decker MD


"Researchers focused on 634 male workers at four factories in China who were exposed to elevated levels of BPA.

They followed the men over five years and compared their sexual health with that of male workers in other Chinese factories where BPA was not present.

The men handling BPA were four times as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and seven times as likely to have difficulty with ejaculation, said De-Kun Li, a scientist at the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, which conducted the study with funds from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health." - Lyndsey Layton, November 11, 2009

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