BPA — a chemical used in food containers — is so widespread that most people have traces of it in their bodies. But health officials can’t decide if that’s a problem, or something we all can live with.
Bisphenol A is useful for hardening plastics to make all sorts of consumer products, from CDs to baby bottles. And the canning industry uses it for coatings that prevent leaks and bacterial contamination in metal food containers.
Some scientists are concerned that BPA could be harmful, since it mimics some of the effects of a powerful hormone, estrogen. Infants may be particularly vulnerable because their bodies are developing and cannot eliminate the chemical as quickly.
Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration issued a scientific assessment that BPA is safe and asked independent scientists to review its conclusion. That report — made public Tuesday — found that the FDA’s science was badly flawed. The FDA did not consider all the evidence and its margin of safety for human exposure to BPA could be off by a factor of ten times or more, the outside scientists said.
While the experts sort out the issue, what are the options for worried consumers? Here are some questions and answers:
A: “Get to know your plastics,” says Urvashi Rangan, a senior scientist with Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports. Avoid polycarbonate plastic containers, those imprinted with the recycling number “7” and the letters “PC.” Don’t microwave foods in these containers. Don’t use polycarbonate plastic baby bottles. Consider powdered infant formula instead of liquid formula in cans. Cut down on canned foods.
“If you the consumer want to take matters into your own hands while the science is being sorted out here, those are the things you can do that will directly reduce your level of exposure to BPA,” said Rangan.
One thing mothers should not do is stop giving their infants proper nutrition because of fears about BPA, says acting Surgeon General Steven Galson. “While the best source of nutrition for babies is the mother’s breast milk, infant formula remains the recommended alternative when breast milk is not an option,” he said. … – ap
Most Americans don’t even know what a protection racket is, and of those who do, most don’t recognize the ones right under their noses. Intentional or not, the FDA in too many cases protects industry profits rather than consumers. In a sane world there would be murder convictions for some of the stuff that has happened along with requirements for open records viewable by all citizens. We should be able to see all scientific experiments (methods, results, and conflicts of interests). We should also be able to view all FDA meeting notes.
See: FDA refuses to pull dangerous diabetes drug Avandia, even knowing it will kill thousands and Conflicts of interest at the FDA are rampant and largely ignored and With COX-2 decision, no longer any doubt about FDA corruption and U.S. drug racket and this.
But the FDA is getting better under the Democrats, right? Here is what one person had to say:
The Andrew von Eschenbach FDA era is upon us. The Avandia scandal is the tip of the iceberg. Is anyone ready? The words "illicit financial collusion" have been replaced by the politically correct term, "collaboration." On May 30, in defense of his cozy relationship with Big Pharma and Big Biotech von Eschenbach told reporters, "This is a collaboration, but it's not just a collaboration with drug companies, it's a collaboration with academia and with other agencies." And he forgot to include that it is also a collaboration with various Senators, such as Senator Bennett (R-UT) and Senator Hatch (R-UT), as can be seen by the highly lucrative Critical Path Initiative program for cardiovascular disease research at the University of Utah.
Plainly stated, the FDA is set on becoming a drug company involved in every aspect of drug development for the next century. This pipe dream involves using sophisticated FDA software and related technologies to set the standards for the future of medicine, which will soon require your DNA in an FDA-owned supercomputer if you would like medical care. The FDA will help design all drugs from the ground up. The FDA, through the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, will control all patents and licensing arrangements regarding the drugs that are developed.
Under this plan the fox will not only be in charge of the henhouse, the fox will eat hens at will. Privacy issues, genetic discrimination, and required implantable RFID chips will be the order of the day. Billions of dollars are at stake. Wall Street can't wait. Drug safety and the health options of all Americans hang somewhere in the balance, including access to safe and effective dietary supplements (the only true competition).
What will the FDA do when safety problems surface in the drugs it develops? Will the FDA put consumer safety ahead of its own financial interests? What legal liability will the FDA face when their drugs injure or kill? The FDA has already thought this through and is doing what it can to make sure citizens have no rights to sue when injured by FDA-approved medications. … - wellnessresources