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Enough Already! The U.S. Should Ban BPA Now

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BPA in plastic bottles I often write about preventive health care — taking steps to stop disease before it happens, rather than waiting for symptoms to appear to react. Individual lifestyle choices play a major role in preventive health care, but there are also factors that we must work to address collectively as a society.

It’s become crystal clear in recent years that are jeopardizing not only our health right now, but our long-term health as well. Worse yet, the people most impacted by are infants and children, whose young bodies are most vulnerable to toxicity and who are powerless to protect themselves. In fact, a government advisory panel affiliated with NIH recently concluded that Americans are facing “grievous harm” from unregulated toxic chemicals.

() is a chemical on my list of “must ban right now” toxins that has received a lot of attention recently. The scientific evidence showing that BPA is a disaster for human health keeps piling up. How much of a disaster is it? Well, our neighbor to the North, Canada, recently banned BPA, classifying it as a dangerous toxin. In addition, the European Union banned the use of BPA in baby bottles, and is moving towards banning it completely. Many other countries are doing the same.

The U.S. government is playing dumb on the issue, saying that “more studies are needed.” Despite the numerous existing scientific studies showing that BPA is dangerous, despite the fact that most other industrialized nations have banned it or are moving towards banning it, and despite its own health report showing that toxins are harming the health of Americans, the U.S. government has refused to budge on the issue. This is mainly because of strong lobbying efforts by the industry, and is sadly yet another example of special interests being put before the health of American citizens. The industry’s main argument is that there are no economically viable alternatives to BPA. But it’s hard for me to believe that the country that put the first man on the moon over 50 years ago can’t figure this one out. Afterall, we did all get by somehow before BPA.

You’ve probably heard about the latest “smoking gun” in the case against BPA, which broke in the news earlier this week. A new study has concluded that children exposed to BPA in the womb are more likely to have behavioral problems. This adds to numerous other studies that conclude BPA can cause neurological and other health problems and goes back to my point about prevention. Think about these kids as they grow up. Will they need counseling? Will they be put on pharmaceutical drugs to “help” them behave? Shouldn’t we take immediate action try to stop the problem before it starts?

You may think that you do a pretty good job of keeping BPA out of your system, but think again. These common objects (and others) frequently contain BPA:

  • The lining of canned foods
  • Plastic and some aluminum water bottles (stainless steel is generally safe)
  • Canned soda and beer
  • Plastic food storage containers
  • Some baby bottles and pacifiers
  • Most cash register receipts
  • Most type 3 and 7 plastics

Here’s an informative video I found that shows how susceptible kids are to the BPA found in canned foods marketed specifically to them:

The bottom line is, if BPA was banned tomorrow, this country would be a safer and healthier, and most — if not all — people (except perhaps chemical company executives) wouldn’t miss it one bit. Banning BPA is the only right thing to do for the safety of our children. How can we get this done? One way is to write your representatives and demand that they take action. However don’t hold your breath for Congress to act anytime soon. Perhaps the best thing you can do is to speak with your dollars. Avoid all types of BPA products, and let consumer demand force companies to get BPA out of their products.


Josh Corn Joshua Corn - Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.



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16 Responses to “ Enough Already! The U.S. Should Ban BPA Now ”

  1. Aldinsgirl on October 30, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    The one thing that we need to rid from the USA is the EPA!

  2. Iggy Dalrymple on October 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Even with glass bottles and glass jars, frequently the lid gasket will contain BPA.  Not as bad as a BPA container, since the food/liquid is not in as much contact, but still it all adds up.

  3. [...] recently about the alleged “safety” of certain cancer-causing chemicals, namely BPA (bisphenol A), which some of their largest corporate sponsors are heavily invested in. The Alliance for Natural [...]

  4. Dr Jerry B Fiddler on October 31, 2011 at 1:22 PM

     You’ve scored big, again, with regard to your determination to help to protect our health and wellness, Josh.  Continued thanks for all of the good things that you do!

    Best wishes to everyone at SAN, your wife, and family,

    Jerry

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  8. Dr. Betty C Gaw on April 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    When I visited an”organic” farm in mid-California last year, I saw acres of black plastic covering the soil where strawberries, bell peppers, corn, and other vegetables were growing. The reason for the use of plastics is to reduce water evaporation, and that helps the plants grow faster.
    How much BPA is leached into the soil from these plastics? How much BPA is absorbed by the plant roots?
    RSVP.
    Thanks.
    Dr. Betty Gaw
    bettycgaw@hotmail.com

    • Iggy Dalrymple on April 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      My guess would be “probably not a problem”, but we should test for it.  We can’t have an absolutely perfect world and feed 7 billion people.  Same with ocean farming.  Wild fish is best but banning ocean farming would be like Marie Antoinette saying, “Let them eat wild Alaskan salmon”.

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  11. Sumner Berg on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    My thoughts regarding life all go back to the cause of most of our problems – over population. There are 80 million more people stepping out onto our planents surface who require the basic resources just to stay alive, Unfortunately these resources are becoming depleted. Everything is has some connection with oil which has peaked. We are a plague species and there is no way to achieve a sustainable world population especially when we all don’t addresss it as our economy is based on consumption. BPA is a very minor priority!!

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