1930s Bisphenol A is first investigated in the search for
Diethylstilbestrol, is determined to be more
powerful than estrogen itself, so bisphenol A is not used as a synthetic
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
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
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.
study of bisphenol A is done by Sciences International funded by BASF,
ExxonMobil, 3-M, Union
Carbide, the National Association of Manufactures as well as numerous
other manufactures and industry groups.
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.
industry studies confirm.
Some polymers manufactured with bisphenol A are
FDA-approved for use as food additives.
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
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
"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
"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.
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.
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
Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group group gave me
a profound feeling of déjà
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
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
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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