Health

'Silken' Tea Bags Leach Toxic Chemicals

Despite what clever marketing would have consumers believe -- that new, "silken" tea bags are superior to their paper predecessors -- Laurie Balbo of the Green Prophet sheds light on the new trend with the unfortunate truth: supposedly "silk" tea bags are often made of plastic materials which leach into hot tea when submerged. According to Balbo's article:

Most Canadians Show BPA in Urine, Study Finds

New research from the organization Health Canada has concluded that most Canadians have measurable quantities of bisphenol A in their urine, as well as traces of lead. In a report from Metro News yesterday, it was revealed that the study found BPA in 95% of the subjects studied, with the highest concentrations found in children aged three to five and six to eleven. The article states:

Chemical in Food Packaging Can Harm Unborn Babies, French Study Confirms

According to an article in the Guardian this week, France's health agency has released yet another report on the health effects of bisphenol A, stating that a baby's exposure to BPA in the womb could be linked to a host of health problems, not least of all Breast Cancer, later in the course of its life. The study also warns readers about the dangers of packaging and bottles labeled "BPA Free" which often contain equally toxic substitutes.

Environmental Factors and Breast Cancer

There are certain, well known factors that have been identified as contributing to Breast Cancer: age, alcohol intake, and smoking habits being three of the more easily recognized ones. Studies have been uncovering further contributors to the disease in recent years, and the list has grown to encompass a range of chemicals which are in fairly regular use in the average consumer's day to day life. So, how safe are the products we use?

List of Health Concerns Related to BPA Grows Longer

In an article from Australia's Union-Bulletin today, contributor Frank Trapani shares a list of the health concerns associated with bisphenol A, and states that new research supporting the assertions that it is a hazard is becoming more and more plentiful. According to Trapani's article, bisphenol A, which is only now becoming more widely known amongst consumers, has been the subject of a wide and varied selection of research that has examined its harmful side effects on the human body.

Study Claiming BPA 'Harmless' May Not Be Scientifically Sound

Recently, a study by scientist Justin Teeguarden has been circulating the news due to its claim that bisphenol A is not a significant threat to the human body. Tom Philpott of Mother Jones writes that Teeguarden gave a presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science last month that assured those present that the amount of bisphenol A needed to successfully mimic estrogen in the human body was much higher than the  dosages consumers get from products containing BPA. In other words, Teeguarden asserted, BPA is not a concern to the consumer.

Entire Food System May Be Contaminated with BPA

An article on Grist last week shared the findings of a new study which have found bisphenol A contamination in a number of products -- a result which is unfortunately becoming commonplace except for one critical factor: the foods testing positive for BPA were organic, locally sourced, and strangely enough, not packaged in plastic.

New Study Finds Bisphenol A Harmful to Developing Brains

A radio story by Australia's ABC News reported that a study has been undertaken by Duke Medical Centre which has discovered a link between bisphenol A and the suppression of a gene which is vital to the development of the central nervous system. According to the sound clip segment of the AM Show with Tony Eastly, reporter Sarah Dingle comments:

Now a new study by Duke University Medical Centre has found BPA may suppress a gene vital to the development of a central nervous system.

New Reports Reveal Need for Regulation of Chemicals in Infant Products

Children's products are often the first items in which bisphenol A is banned, as they prove to be controversial to politicians who do not want to appear callous to the needs of children. In an article on Forbes written by Amy Westervelt, two new studies have emerged presenting evidence that it is important to monitor children's products and the chemicals they contain.

Could Chemical in Melamine Dishware Increase Likelihood of Kidney Stones?

According to an article on HealthDay News, a chemical found in Melamine plastic dishware could raise the potential for getting kidney stones, a new study suggests. Melamine is a common household chemical, and is found in a number of plastic cooking and dining products. Writes Robert Preidt:

The new Taiwanese study included 12 healthy men and women who ate hot noodle soup from either a melamine or ceramic bowl. Urine samples were collected from the participants for 12 hours after they ate the soup.

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