Bisphenol A (BPA) and damage to developing brain tissue

Published: 2 December 2005
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/Federal Regulations

Can bisphenol A (BPA), a widely used chemical for use in products such as food cans, milk container linings, water pipes and even dental sealants, disrupt estrogen functions in the brain? According to this article, the answer is yes. This article reports on a study conducted by a University of Cincinnati (UC) research team, headed by Scott Belcher, PhD, that shows negative effects in brain tissue “at surprisingly low doses.”

According to the article, “While plastics are typically thought of as being stable, scientists have known for many years that the chemical linkage between BPA molecules was unstable, and that BPA leaches into food or beverages in contact with the plastics.” Further, the article reports, “In the face of more than 100 studies published in peer-reviewed journals showing the detrimental effects of BPA, Dr. Belcher said, the chemical industry and federal regulatory agencies have resisted banning BPA from plastics used as food and beverage containers, despite the fact that plastics free of BPA and other toxic chemicals are available.”

According to the article, this research study was funded by the National Institute of Health.

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