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Should pregnant women and babies avoid BPA? August 4, 2009

Bisphenol A, also known as BPA has been under scrutiny as hazardous to humans since the 1930s. Yet it wasn’t until 2008, after several governments issued reports questioning its safety, that some retailers removed products made of it from their shelves.

What is BPA and why should you avoid it?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic estrogen used to harden polycarbonate plastics (used in some baby bottles, and bottled water) and in the epoxy resin used can linings. It was found in the bodies of 93 percent of the Americans tested by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In laboratory tests, trace BPA exposure has been shown to disrupt the endocrine system.

The endocrine system influences almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies, and is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, and sexual function and reproductive processes. Disruption of the endocrine system triggers a wide variety of disorders, including chromosomal and reproductive system abnormalities, cancer, cardiovascular system damage, adult-onset diabetes, obesity and resistance to chemotherapy.

As with many toxic chemicals, infants and young children are at the greatest risk of harm because their bodies are still developing. The National Toxicology Program has expressed concern that children’s exposure to BPA may lead to problems with brain and reproductive system development and behavior. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has compiled this list to help you avoid BPA exposure….

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