What do all these items have in common along with so many others? Items that we consumers buy and use everyday. They all contain the chemical BPA (bisphenol-A). Items containing BPA when heated in the microwave leach out potentially toxic levels of the chemical.
BPA is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it mimics or interferes with human hormones wreaking havoc on our reproductive, neurologic and immune systems. BPA exposure has also been linked with developmenal abnormalities, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and possibly cancer. The verdict is still out on the cancer issue, but I’m sure Cheryl Crow will debate you on that one.
One would think all this information came from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Because they have our best interests at heart…right? Wrong! The FDA said at one time “BPA is not harmful to humans.” Actually, two investigative journalists at the Milwaukee Journal- Sentinel conducted an analysis and did a cover blowing story on BPA and the FDA’s research on the chemical ( see video below.) It was because of this story that the FDA is going to “re-evaluate” BPA, with yours and my tax dollars no doubt.
The FDA is nothing more than another government run entity using up our tax dollars, hiring inside scientists and physicians to conduct costly studies, and at their discretion sway the research and results to come out in such a way that makes it economically beneficial for them. Or simply put, those assholes are supposed to be looking out for our health by making sure products and drugs don’t harm or kill us. In this country it all boils down to the almighty dollar! It’s also said that with the administrative heads at the FDA currently, it’s highly unlikely that anything will change. One would hope that Obama will replace the heads of this regulatory agency. Yeah right!
Okay, I wouldn’t go that far!
1.) Do you think BPA in our plastic is harmful to us?
2.) Do you trust the FDA when it comes to our health?
3.) Will this information make you stop and think the next time you go to put plastic in the microwave?