Today’s This Is Just Too Damned Scary For Me To Think About

‘Inherently toxic’ chemical faces its future

This is why some environmentalists and scientists contend that bisphenol A, which leaches in trace amounts from food and beverage packaging, is among the scariest manufactured substances in use, an eerie modern version of the vaunted lead water pipes by which ancient Romans were unknowingly poisoned.

Extrapolating from the results of animal experiments, they suspect bisphenol A has its fingerprints all over the unexplained human health trends emerging in recent decades hinting at something going haywire with sex hormones, including the early onset of puberty, declining sperm counts, and the huge increase in breast and prostate cancer, among other ailments.

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Some researchers with close-up views of bisphenol A are so shocked by its ability to skew development in their laboratory animals, even at among the lowest doses ever used in experiments, they aren’t waiting for the government to ban it. In their personal lives, they can’t run away from products containing it fast enough. “I would love to see it banished off the face of the Earth,” Dr. Patricia Hunt, a Washington State University geneticist, said.

She began ditching her bisphenol-A-containing products after discovering that mere traces of the chemical were able to scramble the eggs of her lab mice. In humans, similar damage would lead to miscarriages and birth defects, such as Down syndrome. “I thought, ‘Oh my God,’ƒ|” she said. “I’m going to throw out every piece of plastic in my kitchen.”

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Urine testing in the United States suggests that about 95 per cent of the population have been exposed […]

Coming up, the Religious Right’s latest front in the War On Homosexuality: It’s Not Genetic, It’s Chemical: Ban bisphenol A.

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