A report from Stephanie Trenkner – www.grub4life Staff Reporter : - on the dangers of BPA
A report from Stephanie Trenkner – www.grub4life Staff Reporter : - Raising a newborn is not easy and it seems to become more complicated everyday as parents are warned about new potential threats. The relatively recent concern surrounding bispherol A, or BPA as it is more commonly known, in plastic baby bottles is just one of the many worries burdening new parents around the globe.
Dr. Alan Greene, clinical professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in the United States and author of Raising Baby Green and Feeding Baby Green, spoke yesterday [2nd December 2009] at the Royal Society of Medicine in London to explain some of the science behind BPA and give advice to expecting parents and parents of newborns.
What is BPA?
He says: - “BPA is an artificial estrogen that was developed in the 1930s for medical purposes, but soon after its development was diverted into plastic use because of its ability to make the plastic hard and sturdy. Scientific studies have proven that BPA leaches into liquids, especially if the liquids are acidic or heated.”
Harmful or Not?
“There is still controversy over whether the low doses of BPA found in plastic bottles and canned food cause harm. There are currently over 200 BPA studies. In the United States 93 percent of government funded studies conducted on animals found BPA to cause harm. Though 100 percent of studies conducted by chemical corporations found BPA caused no harm.”
Decreased intellect, behavioural problems, obesity, diabetes, & cancer
“In animal studies that found BPA to be harmful subjects exposed to BPA showed decreased intellect, behavioural problems such as aggression, obesity, diabetes, and cancer often with resistance to chemotherapy.”
Increased aggression in girls and feminization in boys
“In early childhood the major concern is that BPA exposure seems to be linked with increased aggression in girls and feminization in boys. It also seems to play a role in the early onset of puberty in girls. In the United States for example breast development is beginning in girls as early as age 7.“
Adult risk continues
“For adults there seems to be an increased risk for diabetes and heart disease with BPA exposure, as well as increased incidences of breast and prostate cancer. “
Don’t panic – but do find out more
Whilst this information can be frightening to parents Dr. Greene tells parents with older children that were fed with BPA bottles not to panic. He says this is not something to be alarmed about, but it is something for parents to begin to make wise choices about.
Advice for pregnant women
Dr. Greene advises pregnant women to avoid drinking from any polycarbonate bottles during pregnancy, aim to decrease their consumption of canned food, and wash their hands after shopping and before eating because shopping receipts are coated with BPA.
Ron Vigdor, President of BornFree USA, also spoke about an alternative to BPA baby bottles. BornFree is a company that aims to create products that are always safe and free of toxins. To find out more about BornFree products visit www.babybornfree.co.uk and to learn about Breast Cancer UK’s campaign to ban the use of BPA in baby bottles visit www.nomorebpa.org.uk. Also to find out more about Dr. Greene visit www.DrGreene.com.