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Scientists Fear Chemical in Plastic Could Be Harmful - As If We Are Wearing A Female Hormone Patch From Birth

 
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Scientists Fear Chemical in Plastic Could Be Harmful - As If We Are Wearing A Female Hormone Patch From Birth
July 6, 2006 From food-storage containers to disposable silverware, plastic products are such a part of our lives that it's easy to forget they contain chemicals that could harm us.

But last month, San Francisco banned a type of sturdy, hard plastic made with a molecule known as bisphenol A , or BPA. Any toys, bottles and pacifiers made with BPA must be replaced, according to the law the mayor signed in June.

Why did the city take such drastic action? BPA, like many other man-made chemicals, is now detectable in most people's bloodstreams and could cause dangerous hormonal changes in children.

BPA sometimes indicated by a number 7 on products is found mostly in strong plastics, such as nondisposable water bottles, baby bottles and in the lining of canned foods.

But whether BPA poses a real danger depends on whom you ask.

While the Food and Drug Administration and the American Plastics Council insist BPA is safe, an outspoken biology professor and other scientists believe it may bring all kinds of harm such as cancer, early puberty, obesity and even attention-deficit disorder.

Like a 'Sex Hormone Patch'

Frederick vom Saal, a biology professor at the University of Missouri at Columbia, stumbled onto BPA in 1997 while studying fetal development. He found that BPA passed through the protective placenta from mother to baby, mimicking the behavior of the natural hormone estrogen.

Vom Saal, who has studied BPA ever since, said there is so much BPA in the environment it is as if we are all wearing "a sex hormone patch."

Six billion pounds of polycarbonates are produced each year, and much of it ends up in landfills, water systems and the air, vom Saal said. "You're breathing it, you're absorbing it."

He also insists that even though the products may be labeled as dishwasher- and microwave-safe, heating this type of plastic may cause the chemical to leach out into the body at a much higher rate.

A number of recent studies support vom Saal's view that BPA could be unsafe:

A study in the June issue of Cancer Research showed a correlation between rats that had early BPA exposure and those that developed prostate cancer in later life. The study was done by Shuk-mei Ho, head of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati, and Gail Prins, physiology professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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so does that mean me and my fiance (a woman of course) cant put plastic bags over our heads during sex anymore?

blah guy uhoh
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07/06/2006 01:44 PM
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so does that mean me and my fiance (a woman of course) cant put plastic bags over our heads during sex anymore?

blah guy uhoh
 Quoting: blah guy 113494


"heating this type of plastic may cause the chemical to leach out into the body at a much higher rate."

It depends ... how HOT is your sex?
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07/06/2006 01:46 PM
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A) A city doesn't have the RIGHT to ban things like that, and

B) If this was so dangerous, LOTS of people would be talking about it.

This is simply a case of a bsflag politician (YES, I know that's redundant!) dealing with things he has no CLUE about.
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Could males wear a male hormone patch to counter act this?

I wonder what the impact of this truly is?
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07/06/2006 01:50 PM
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Some1, you are clearly the dumbest fucktard to ever pass from the womb to the earth, and actually reach an age where you can almost form coherent thoughts.

dumbass stfu
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A) A city doesn't have the RIGHT to ban things like that, and

B) If this was so dangerous, LOTS of people would be talking about it.

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Some1,

1. Speaking authoritatively about a subject of which you have no real knowledge is a fairly stupid maneuver.

2. A city can ban pretty much anything it wants, provided it is not in direct conflict with federal law, which would include the US constitution.

3. Lots of people have been talking about the subject of harmful chemicals in plastic for over a decade now. Studies have been available for over ten years demonstrating that levels of these chemicals exceed safe limits when plastics are heated. Additionally, your logic is in need of some work. The deadliest things, quite often, are the least talked about.

For example,

[link to www.newstarget.com]

Statistics prove prescription drugs are 16,400% more deadly than terrorists.
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[link to www.newstarget.com]

"America was rudely awakened to a new kind of danger on September 11, 2001: Terrorism. The attacks that day left 2,996 people dead, including the passengers on the four commercial airliners that were used as weapons. Many feel it was the most tragic day in U.S. history.

Four commercial jets crashed that day. But what if six jumbo jets crashed every day in the United States, claiming the lives of 783,936 people every year? That would certainly qualify as a massive tragedy, wouldn't it?

Well, forget "what if." The tragedy is happening right now. Over 750,000 people actually do die in the United States every year, although not from plane crashes. They die from something far more common and rarely perceived by the public as dangerous: modern medicine."

...

"According to a 1995 U.S. iatrogenic report, "Over a million patients are injured in U.S. hospitals each year, and approximately 280,000 die annually as a result of these injuries. Therefore, the iatrogenic death rate dwarfs the annual automobile accident mortality rate of 45,000 and accounts for more deaths than all other accidents combined." This report was issued 10 years ago, when America had 34 million fewer citizens and drug company scandals like the Vioxx recall were yet to occur. Today, health care comprises 15.5 percent of the United States' gross national product, with spending reaching $1.4 trillion in 2004.

Since Americans spend so much money on health care, they should be getting a high quality of care, right? Unfortunately, that's not the case. Of the 783,936 annual deaths due to conventional medical mistakes, about 106,000 are from prescription drugs, according to Death by Medicine. That also is a conservative number. Some experts estimate it should be more like 200,000 because of underreported cases of adverse drug reactions. "
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Common Plastics Chemical Linked to Genetic Damage
By Daniel DeNoon

WebMD Medical News
Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
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A chemical used in plastic baby bottles -- and many other food and beverage containers -- causes genetic damage in mice, a new study suggests. But the plastics industry says there is no cause for alarm.

The damage is seen in egg cells of female mice. When these cells try to divide, their chromosomes don't line up right. In humans this results in spontaneous abortion, birth defects, or mental retardation, says genetic abnormalities expert Patricia A. Hunt, PhD, of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

In studies published in the April issue of the journal Current Biology, Hunt and colleagues showed that very low doses of a common plastics ingredient may cause these effects. They also found that dangerous amounts of the chemical -- known as BPA -- can seep out of used plastic bottles.

"The effect we saw is pretty dramatic," Hunt tells WebMD. "We were stunned by how low a dose it took. I am becoming pretty convinced there are significant effects [of BPA] at pretty low exposures. I can't say how scared you should be because our studies don't say anything about humans. But that's why we study animals. We assume the processes are pretty well the same in humans."

The chemical is known as bisphenol A or BPA. It's found in all kinds of common products, mostly polycarbonate plastics. Nearly all plastic baby bottles in the U.S. are made of this kind. So are many common food containers, water storage bottles, aluminum can linings, and even some kinds of dental sealants.
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No reply from 'Garfield,' no surprise there.

Bump for the original article.
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<B) If this was so dangerous, LOTS of people would be talking about it.

Lots of people are, especially those most notably affected. Just because it's (fortunately for you) not currently in your frame of reference, don't assume that there are not people currently suffering from their ill effects.

<stumbled onto BPA in 1997 while studying fetal development. He found that BPA passed through the protective placenta from mother to baby, mimicking the behavior of the natural hormone estrogen.

Synthetic "xenoestrogrens" are already known to wreak havoc with the human endocrine system. Most attention has been focused on their probable contributory role in breast cancer, and to a lesser extent less well-researched (read well-funded) conditions such as endometriosis.

I personally for health reasons have avoided plastics for a number of years now (including bottled water and food prepared in heated plastic). Incidentally, there are also plant estrogens that are found in whole foods that can also exacerbate the afore-mentioned conditions.

And even if one does not suffer from a condition already known to be worsened by the ingredients found in plastics does not mean one may not be adversely affected by their plastics exposure in the future. As their effects are likely cumulative in the body.
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Hah plastics are the reason people are gay.
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female hormone patch????? is that what they call a mother in law these days
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Ladies and Gentleman,

Do NOT microwave your plastic.

This has been a public service announcement.
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NWO population control.
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if they ever ban plastics, im going to the store and stocking up on 2 gallon ziplocs and oven roasting bags (large)..those will be my survival gear in bed and wherever else!

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07/07/2006 08:24 AM
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Now this plasic is dangerous to your health [link to en.wikipedia.org]
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"While the Food and Drug Administration and the American Plastics Council insist BPA is safe, an outspoken biology professor and other scientists believe it may bring all kinds of harm such as cancer, early puberty, obesity and even attention-deficit disorder."

If the FDA says it's safe then it must be safe.
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Shuk-mei Ho
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If the FDA says it's safe then it must be safe.
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Some guy, I sincerely hope that was sarcasm. I wouldn't want to have to 'educate' you the same way I educated Some1. I am preparing my links, and I will use them if necessary.





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