I was an ‘early adopter’ of the anti-BPA sentiment. When I was in grad school I read some biomedical research about how negatively it effected animals (particularly fish and amphibians), vis-à-vis the male reproductive system, and I immediately thought, “Well, that CANNOT be good for humans”. I tried to lessen ingestion of it at every turn, which mostly meant good-bye to canned soup and veggies, since Sweet Babou and I were already eschewing bottled water and soft drinks, as well as avoiding plastic food containers.
However, finding BPA free plastic was hard, and often stymied our efforts. Then, around 2008 the general public started to become aware that BPA was not such a good thing. That meant that BPA free things started appearing on market shelves, much to our delight. I knew BPA was well on it’s way out when even cheap plastic stuff in the Target Dollar Spot sported BPA free labels … although I don’t trust Chinese manufactures or the American business that import those goods to be really truthful about that. Hell, I don’t trust any BPA Free labels, when it comes right down to it.
In spite of the evidence showing BPAs cause real harm, just last March the FDA rejected a BPA ban, mainly because the agency is now a toothless whore that gets its orders from Big Chemical and Big Pharma. Now, only a few months down the road, another big study has shown that BPA chemicals effect the thyroids of pregnant women and their male newborns. What really bothers me is that “the UC Berkeley researchers found that newborn boys whose mothers had higher levels of BPA when pregnant showed signs of an overactive thyroid”. WTF is that going to do to them long term? NO ONE KNOWS. Why didn’t newborn girls have the same overactive thyroids? It is unclear, but one “possible explanation for the gender difference may lie in studies that show female rats clear BPA more efficiently from their bodies than male rats” so little female bodies may withstand some crap better.
Call me a bluff old traditionalist, but I think that negative effects on baby boys is plenty of reason to get BPA the fokk out of our lives. Way to do your job and protect the most vulnerable American citizens FDA! Hope you choke on all the Big Chemical dicks you are sucking! Considering that BPA is an endocrine disruptor linked with genital deformities those may the last generation with dicks big enough to find, let alone suck, you Mammon-serving twatwaffles!
Of course, there were people who were happy to pooh-pooh the study:
“ Jeffrey Faig, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine, called the findings “not that profound.”Since most of the total thyroxine does not reach the fetus, its physiological effect cannot be determined, said Faig, who was unaffiliated with the study. A smaller part of the hormone that is known to affect the fetus’ growth was not linked to the mother’s BPA levels, he noted.”
I’m a silly liberal, but to me, when you have no idea how bad something will effect a human being then you should not run the risk of exposure until you know for damn sure it will not harm him. They pulled this same stunt with thalidomide, in that they couldn’t see how it would hurt anything so why not use it, and we all see how well that fokking turned out. Sure, the “thalidomide tragedy led to much stricter testing being introduced for drug and pesticide licensing” but I am not seeing how that helps the families that were effected. Its not like you can “do over”, you stupid asshats.
Moreover, “Steven Hentges, a researcher for the American Chemistry Council‘s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group, an industry group, said the study did not prove that BPA exposure had an effect on the subjects’ health.”In addition, since BPA is efficiently metabolized and rapidly cleared from the body,” he said, “the limited BPA exposure measurements reported do not likely provide an accurate measure of maternal exposure to BPA during pregnancy.” BPA’s half-life in the body is about six hours.”
Yeah, I totally trust a mouthpiece for Big Chemical to have the best interests of the public in mind. Like all the scientists for Big Tobacco, he has no motivation to protect his bosses and thus his livelihood, does he? Furthermore, if the BPA’s half life is only six hours, how is that going to help you if you are drinking bottled water all day? Or eating canned veggies for dinner and getting a MASSIVE dose of the shit? What, exactly, is it doing for the ‘only’ six hours its in the body? You know, besides causing “a congenital defect called hypospadias — a misplacement of the urethra” which “is now twice as common among newborn boys as it used to be” probably because of BPAs and shit like it.
You know who is more likely to get their food from cans and therefore have more BPA in their body? Poor people. It’s poor people eating canned soup who are getting “levels of BPA that were 1,221% higher” than if they ate fresh food. Well no wonder no one gives as rat’s ass. It’s poor people who are getting screwed! No one important!
The Fokker is pissed off about this, y’all.