At what point do we finally say enough is enough to the health-destroying endocrine –disrupting chemicals that we, and our children, are being exposed to every single day? Apparently, if you work for the United States federal government, the answer to that question is, "Never."
I first started warning you about bisphenol A (BPA), and other endocrine disrupting chemicals, all the way back in 2008. Yet, here we sit four years later with no significant progress having been made in this fight.
On the contrary, we're still being exposed to these frightening chemicals—chemicals that play havoc with our hormones, our endocrine systems, and our health—every single day. They contaminate the foods we eat, pollute the air we breathe, and even foul the papers we touch.
And the million dollar question is, "WHY?!"
After all, BPA... and other endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)... have already been linked with diabetes, heart disease, reproductive issues, neurological problems, and even cancer. In fact, it's pretty much an open and shut case that these chemicals can be damaging to your health.
So why is it that manufacturers are still allowed to use them? Well the answer lies hidden somewhere in the conference rooms of the FDA that continues to assure us that the "low-dosages" of these chemicals that we're being exposed to have not yet been proven to be harmful.
And... well... to be perfectly blunt, that's just a load of bull!
Not only have a stack of troubling studies already said otherwise, we now have yet one more group of scientists weighing in on the dangers that these chemicals pose at the "low dosages" that the FDA says are just fine.
According to the study just accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's journal Endocrine Review, low dosages of EDCs... like the average person is exposed to regularly... can "result in significant health effects." Your move FDA.
FDA says OK to endocrine disruptors
Let me guess... you'll ignore these latest findings just like the major European study in 2010 involving 715 adults that proved that so-called moderate exposure to BPA does indeed have health consequences.
Oh yeah, that's right, I actually don't have to guess since late last month the FDA announced that, yet again, it was voting against protecting consumers and citizens.
Yes, in a totally predictable move the Food and Drug Association announced this past March that it was denying the National Resources Defense Council's petition asking for it to prohibit the use of BPA in products manufactured here in the United States.
Why am I not surprised?
Don't rely on feds for BPA protection
Back in 2008, when I was starting to make some really serious noise about the dangers of these chemicals, the FDA was getting set to rule on whether or not BPA was safe for use in plastic consumer products. That ruling... which was made on the basis of just two studies... went to BPA.
And since this is the FDA were talking about here, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you will not be surprised when I tell you that the sponsor of those two studies was none other than the American Plastics Council. I guess the FDA has never heard of a little thing called conflict of interest.
Now, since that time, the FDA has admitted that it has "some concern" about how this chemical might be effecting the behavior, prostate glands, and brains of unborn babies, infants, and kids.
But, somehow, that concern still doesn't translate into any protective actions, despite the growing research. And I don't know about you, but the agency's assurance that it "has been studying and continues to study the effects of BPA" doesn't do a heck of a lot to reduce my fears considering it has been studying its effects for years now already.
Instead, I will continue to avoid any packaged foods as much as I possibly can, and I encourage you to do the same. And when you do need to use a packaged product, be sure to look for the BPA-free label before you buy.
Oh, and moms-to-be you should, of course, be extra cautious about how much contact you have with these chemicals. It's impossible to totally avoid exposure to BPA and other endocrine disrupting chemicals, but everyone can certainly reduce their exposure.