My concern is in relation to our health and wellbeing.
Are we doing enough to protect our health?
First of all, let me go on to say life is precious. If there is a chance our health is at risk because of Bisphenol–A (BPA) then we should do all we can to make sure we live a full and healthy life. Am I wrong in pointing this out? If you’re a parent, your first concern is the health of your children.
Who is responsible for allowing BPA to flourish in the UK marketplace? There are a lot of unanswered questions to do with BPA; for instance, why is this used in packaging in most products that have a plastic wrapping. Think about pot noodles, sandwich bags, plastic cups, bottled water, and tinned foods. What triggers the release of BPA from plastic? It is caused by a heat source and bright light including ultraviolet light.
Last week I started reading about Bisphenol–A (BPA) and found that this is a chemical that is added to plastics. Once a plastic is exposed to a heat source Bisphenol–A (BPA) is released into that product.
Think about this for a second. How many products contain Bisphenol–A (BPA), and how many of these products do we use consume day? The market is saturated with BPA related products; from can foods, carton milk (which contains a plastic inlay), plastic lunch boxes, sandwich bags and the list goes on. It’s scary the number of products in the UK that contain Bisphenol–A (BPA). What long-term effects does this have on our overall health?
What effect does Does BPA have on the human body?
Bisphenol–A (BPA) is a chemical produced for use ‘first and foremost’ in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. It’s reputedly linked to heart disease, diabetes, liver failure and hormonal issues. This may linger in the body far longer than previously believed and disrupts your hormones.
What is being done to protect our health? Should the government step in and force a policy requesting Bisphenol–A (BPA) to be removed from all plastics in the UK? I would say so! (There should be a worldwide ban on the use of Bisphenol–A (BPA) not just in the UK).
As a family, we have made a decision to remove as many products from our home that contain Bisphenol–A (BPA). As we can’t escape this we need to make sure Bisphenol–A (BPA) is being kept to a minimum in our diets.
Canada has banned the use of Bisphenol–A (BPA) and in recent changes this has been removed from baby bottles in the UK (why only baby bottles?). How can this be allowed to be used in our daily lives? Talk about a wake up factor!
After cross referencing articles from the FDA (the Food Standards Agency), Breast Cancer UK and an independent review from the Global Healing Center. I must say I am shocked that more is not done to create a public awareness of BPA
We should start taking more responsibility to raise awareness in the UK in relation to endocrine disruptors such as BPA type chemicals.
I have been following the Global Healing Center for a while, and trust in their research. I started a course of iodine and found a reduction in body fat as well as being able to think more clearly. Iodine in the body is another subject in itself.
References and sources where I acquired information to do with this article:
’10 Things to Know About BPA. There are 10 things about BPA each one of us should know to help us protect our most important resource—our children—from a number of horrible health conditions we would never wish on our worst enemies. These facts include information on health conditions caused by this substance along with practical steps that every mother can take to protect her children from this unnecessary, toxic substance.’ –Global Healing Center
‘Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s.
Studies employing standardized toxicity tests have thus far supported the safety of current low levels of human exposure to Bisphenol–A (BPA). However, on the basis of results from recent studies using novel approaches to test for subtle effects, both the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health and FDA have some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children. In cooperation with the National Toxicology Program, FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research is carrying out in-depth studies to answer key questions and clarify uncertainties about the risks of BPA.’ –FDA
‘Minute amounts of BPA can transfer from packaging into food and drinks, but independent experts have advised that these levels of exposure are not considered to be harmful. Independent studies have shown that, even when consumed at high levels, BPA is rapidly absorbed, detoxified, and eliminated from humans and, therefore, is not a health concern.
The levels of BPA found in food from food contact materials are not a concern to health.
However, there have been claims that BPA could be one of a large number of substances that may have the potential to interact with our hormone systems, also referred to as “endocrine disrupters”. ‘ -Food standards agency
‘Scientific evidence links our routine exposure to BPA to a range of diseases, including breast cancer.
As diet continues to be our main route of exposure to BPA, Breast Cancer UK is calling for it to be removed from all food and drinks packaging and replaced with safer alternatives.’ -Breast Cancer UK
After reading these references, I want to raise awareness of this chemical in plastics, I would like to see a change in government policies in the UK in relation to removal of BPA from plastics.