Our Contaminated World
By David Crews and Andrea Gore, the Huffington Post
By the end of this month the FDA will announce whether to ban the use of bisphenol-A in food and beverage packaging. The chemical, also known as BPA, is already banned in the European Union, Canada, and for certain uses in 12 states in this country.
BPA is widely accepted by scientists as being an endocrine disruptor, because of its ability to mimic certain hormones, and we support its ban because of demonstrable effects in wildlife and laboratory animals. Epidemiological evidence in humans shows associations between BPA and cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, and reproductive impairments. Beyond BPA, endocrine disruptors are linked to cancer, obesity, reproductive disorders, and mood disorders like anxiety and depression.
The world is contaminated, and our bodies are contaminated along with it. The extent to which contamination is hurting us is not fully known, and full effects remain to be seen. It's going to take time and a paradigm shift in approach to do the kinds of studies that can tease out what are incredibly complex interactions between genes, parental exposure, pre-natal exposure, and long-term environmental exposure. Read More.