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How Safe is Bisphenol-A?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wall Street Journal reporter and health blogger Jacob Goldstein talks about a new report that links a chemical in plastic to heart disease and diabetes.

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Comments [10]

asdf

oh, not worried about that -- our pipes are lead.

Sep. 17 2008 12:06 PM
Michael from Manhattan

For example, maybe people with diabetes or heart disease take medicine from containers with BpA in them, and maybe that medicine leeches BpA. Or maybe those people simply gather concentrations of BpA because they can't flush it out like normal people can.

Sep. 17 2008 12:05 PM
Marissa from Manhattan

The Wiki article on BPA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A indicates that it is also sometimes found in PVC. I'd be more worried about our PVC water supply pipes for general exposure, than for baby bottles alone. BPA (according to the wiki article) leaches out more quickly when exposed to heat. Guess it's good that I prefer cold water from the tap?

Sep. 17 2008 12:05 PM
Michael from Manhattan

No one seems to be entertaining the possibility that people with diabetes or heart disease may be predisposed to retaining BpA for some reason. Or is that not a reasonable hypothesis?

Sep. 17 2008 12:02 PM
asdf

isn't bpa covering the inside of all canned goods? baby bottles are easy -- born free -- water bottles are aluminum -- are there easy replacements for cans and other products?

Sep. 17 2008 11:59 AM
m fisher

is there any information on the mechanism of release from the bottle to the human?
is it related to heat?
chlorination?
any other?

Sep. 17 2008 11:59 AM
Abigail from midtown

BPA is in soda cans. Fat people--people who become type 2 diabetics and face heart disease, tend to drink a lot of soda. It's not crazy that there's an association.

Sep. 17 2008 11:58 AM
Hugh from Crown Heights

European nations have also placed restrictions on BpA.

American plastics manufacturers have not responded by replacing BpA with one of many alternatives but by _lobbying_ to get European laws changed.

What a surprise.

Sep. 17 2008 11:58 AM
O from Forest Hills

This chemical is dangerous and should be avoided but nothing takes the place of proper diet and exercise to prevent diabetes and heart attack.

Sep. 17 2008 11:56 AM
stu

I can't believe there's no comments on this subject - are my bottle-fed (with breast milk) children going to die from heart disease and diabetes before their time?

or did we run out of time to discuss a life or death issue?

Sep. 17 2008 11:50 AM

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