I want to reiterate how bad Bisphenol A can be for your developing child.
Now, I've mentioned this before in my preventing autism series. I'm not sure if people are taking it seriously, understanding how bad BPA is...so I'm going to broaden the scope for you.
BPA is bad for any child.
This new study, from the Journal of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology in December 2009. They found that Bisphenol A kills human placental cells.
I'm gonna say that again. It kills human placental cells. It turns up the activity of an inflammatory cytokine, a messenger, called tumor necrosis factor-alpha...and it does it at lower levels than they thought would ever be a problem.
For example, scientists used to think it took high levels of BPA to cause this damage to happen.
Now, what does this increase in TNF-alpha lead to?
Well, it can cause preeclampsia, intra-uterine growth restrictions, premature delivery, and miscarriage.
Now, how are you being exposed to BPA? It's being phased out, but you can still find it in a lot of places. It was used in plastics, plastic water bottles, plastic baby bottles. They fazed those out for the most part. Most manufacturers finally said, "Oh my gosh, we gotta get rid of this." You can still find it, though. There's plenty of things that still have BPA in them.
The best advice is to try to avoid plastics all together. You can still find it in a lot of commercial cans, like food cans or wine. They have a BPA resin in them. If you're concerned, I would recommend you email the manufacturer of the food, be it tomatoes or beans or whatever, and say, "Is your can lining BPA free or not?"
Now, don't be surprised by what you get sent back. I emailed a very popular organic brand that starts with Muir and ends with Glen. I was shocked at their response, which basically was this.... "The government says BPA is safe." It was very disappointing. Needless to say, won't be buying their products anymore.
Here's why BPA is such a big deal...
BPA shows up in amniotic fluid, placental tissue, breast milk, the umbilical cord. I mean, it's everywhere when you're talking about a developing baby.
It can lead to preeclampsia, intra-uterine growth restriction (a big factor for development abnormalities), or even miscarriages.
Avoid Bisphenol A completely.
If I were you, and I'm not you, but if I were you, I would not eat or drink out of anything plastic. I wouldn't eat or drink out of anything that has a plastic liner. Microwaveable foods--- I wouldn't do that either.
BPA by itself, we already know is bad. But BPA in combination with other chemicals, they haven't even found a way to study that yet. Because, the truth is, a single chemical by itself is one thing, but in concert, or synergy in a bad way, with other chemicals-- we're not gonna really find out the effects of these things 'til years later. It may take years to kind of pick them all apart.
This study prompted me to sound the alarm again. BPA is not good for you. It's not good for your child. You should take steps now to minimize or eliminate your exposure to it, so you can have a happy, healthy child.
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