Friday, March 04, 2011

Good News on the BPA Front

The battle against bisphenol A (BPA) has been going on for some time. The concern is not about it being toxic, but rather that it is an estrogen mimic, causing a cascade of reactions in the human body leading to a wide range of symptom and diseases.

Now comes a new report that many people are taking as a disaster: even BPA free plastics such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene and others have their own set of estrogen mimics.

I have my own take on this report: it is great news. Since these estogens mimics are everywhere, there is no longer any need to focus on polycarbonate and BPA. Either focus on eliminating all plastics from the world, or ignore the issue. There is no in-between.

This very much mimics what critics of the BPA-as-an-estrogen-mimic-is-causing-massive-heart-problems arguments have been saying: estrogen mimics are already everywhere in our food supply, not as an additive or because of contact with plastics, but because they are inherent to the food itself. Tofu (and any other soy product)is probably the worst, but they are also found in various grains, beans and even beer. Estrogen mimics are a fact of life, not just 21st-century life. They cannot be avoided, so can we get past this?

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