BPAs – bisphenol A: Should we be concerned?

Posted By on July 26, 2012

I’ve been slow adjust to monitor the plastic containers, cookware and dishware and in particular the polycarbonate #7 plastics, but am a bit more conscious to put my water in a stainless steel thermos … but I do pour from a “plastic” Brita pitcher. Hmm?

On that note, it is tough to know when to go full tilt in eliminated the BPA plastics we use and when to slowly start to replace the easiest to eliminate in our day to day lives. To be honest, I’ve not paid all that much attention as to what kinds of toxicity bisphenol A presents or “IF” it is a significant health risk. Unfortunately after reading, I’m still not sure how high the risk is for adults, but agree that less exposure is better.

LINK to Fact Sheet from NIEHS PDF

The NTP reached the following conclusions on the possible effects of current exposures to bisphenol A on human development and reproduction. Note that the possible levels of concern, from lowest to highest, are negligible concern, minimal concern, some concern, concern, and serious concern.

The NTP has some concern for effects on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposures to bisphenol A.

The NTP has minimal concern for effects on the mammary gland and an earlier age for puberty for females in fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposures to bisphenol A.

The NTP has negligible concern that exposure of pregnant women to bisphenol A will result in fetal or neonatal mortality, birth defects, or reduced birth weight and growth in their offspring.

The NTP has negligible concern that exposure to bisphenol A will cause reproductive effects in non-occupationally exposed adults and minimal concern for workers exposed to higher levels in occupational settings.

Read the report: The National Toxicology Program (NTP) Brief On Bisphenol A (BPA)


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