+ LDA Health Alert re Neurotoxic Chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA)

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The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) has sent out email alerts to all its members urging them to act now.

On November 5, Consumer Reports published a study looking at BPA levels in 19 different name-brand foods and found that a diverse assortment of canned foods, including some labeld “organic” and “BPA-free,” contained measurable levels of BPA.

The neurotoxic chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) is leaching into many of our foods and beverages.

The study concluded that children eating multiple servings per day of cnned foods with BPA could get a dose of BPA near levels that have caused adverse effects in several animal studies.

And a few days later, NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote an equally compelling piece that  sounds the alarm on this hormone-disrupting chemical.

A study released in October found an association between women’s exposure to Bisphenol-A during pregnancy and aggressive behavior in their daughters at two years of age.

Another study, released in November, revealed that male Chinese factory workers exposed to high levels of BPA had increased incidene of sexual dyspunction.

LDA and other concerned groups say the science is clear. 

More than 200 peer-reviewed studies show that this extremely toxic, synthetic estrogen is so powerful it can  cross the placenta at parts per billion or parts per trillion and negatively impact prenatal development, including brain development.

Adverse health effect associated with BPA exposure include

  • neurological problems causing changes in behavior
  • increased risk of breast & prostate cancer
  • genital abnormalities in male babies
  • early puberty in girls
  • metabolic disorders (insulin resistance, altered fat metabolism)

BPA is considered the building block of polycarbonate plastic and can be found in baby bottles, water bottles, food storage containers, and epoxy resins that coat the lining of metal food cans, including infant formula cans.

It’s one of the most pervasive synthetic chemicals in modern life, with more than three billion pounds a year produced in the United States alone.

EMAIL YOUR SENATORS ABOUT  S.593

Right now the Senate is considering the “Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2009.”  It is “S. 593 – the BPA Act of 2009.”  The legislation has been introduced by Senator Diane Feinstein

It would ban BPA from food and beverage containers.

Send an email to your senator.  Ask them to co-sponsor the Ban Poisonous Substances (BPA) Act of 2009.

Find your senator’s contact information at http://www.senate.gov/ Or call any Senate office through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

source: LDA News-in-Brief, email.  http://www.ldanatl.org/

tutoring in Columbus OH:   Adrienne Edwards   614-579-6021   or email  aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com

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