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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:07 pm 
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Chemical In 'BPA-Free' Water Bottles May Be Just As Unhealthy As BPA (and the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury it)

"Many of us have read the studies about bisphenol-A, and know the chemical is best avoided when it comes to drinking containers, baby bottles, canned foods and thermal paper.

The chemical, also known as BPA, has been linked to everything from obesity and diabetes to attention-deficit disorder and asthma. When a slew of new products branded "BPA-free" hit the market amid public outcry a few years back, many thought the problem solved.

But a damning new study from scientists at the University of Calgary has found that the supposed remedy -- a chemical similar to BPA called bisphenol-S -- may be just as bad for your health. The researchers, including corresponding author Dr. Deborah M. Kurrasch, end the paper urging for "a societal push to remove all bisphenols from our consumer goods."

Traces of BPA were found in 90 percent of urine samples taken from a group representative of the American population, the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in a 2009 report, illustrating the widespread use of bisphenols in everyday products.

After several states imposed bans on the use of BPA in baby bottles, many companies voluntarily removed the chemical from their products. Some replaced it with an unknown alternative, later revealed to be bisphenol-S. Many consumers assumed products were safe after being stuck with a "BPA-free" label.

"Everybody thought it was a big victory," Kurrasch told The Huffington Post. "Maybe they didn't think they needed to look into it further."

But the study, published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that BPS exposure affected prenatal neurodevelopment in zebrafish as much as BPA. The research suggests that pregnant women should be particularly mindful of their exposure to BPA and BPS throughout gestation. BPS itself is found in trace amounts in 81 percent of the U.S. population, the study says.

The American Chemistry Council has already raised objections to the study’s use of zebrafish -- which share 80 percent of their genes with humans -- and said we are exposed to only “trace levels” of BPA that our bodies effectively remove through natural processes, according to The Washington Post.

“Although the authors attribute great significance to their results, it would not be scientifically appropriate to draw any conclusions about human health based on this limited experiment,” said Steven G. Hentges of the council’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.

Kurrasch said that despite ongoing coverage about BPA and its effects, the public's appetite to know if their products are safe is still strong, and more work needs to be done examining the long-term impact to humans after exposure to bisphenols.

Even though there is a growing opinion among some scientists that the chemical may be harmful to humans, the FDA reiterated its position late last year that BPA is safe to use in cans and beverage containers. The agency also rejected a complete ban in food packaging in 2012. "

Are Any Plastics Safe? Industry Tries to Hide Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Bottles, Containers

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Mother Jones article by Mariah Blake: The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics

Why BPA-Free Plastic Isn't Necessarily Safe

Even 'BPA-Free' Plastics Leach Endrocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

Wikipedia: Bisphenol A (BPA)

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:54 pm 
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It is utterly bizarre to me how these companies that make our food using loads of sugar and other problematic ingredients and then package the foods with chemical plastics, such as BPA or other toxic chemicals, that have known serious horrendous affects on the human body and its processes, yet, these companies take no responsibility whatsoever. Plastics are now in our food supply thanks to, for example, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where the plastics are breaking down in the ocean and are being eaten by fish that are a part of our food supply with a variety of strange chemicals inside them. There's no easy solution I'm realizing now that "BPA-Free" just means they've replaced one toxic chemical with another just as harmful or worse. The ONLY real solution I've found thus far is glass.

These products will eventually kill hundreds of thousands if not millions of people in a variety of ways that we still don't fully understand, yet, very little is actually being done about it at the level if needs to be. It just seems like something is wrong here when one could do life in prison for a little pot but, these companies that do irreparable harm to the environment and planet, in general, always get a free pass. These harmful actions really should be considered a global executable crime against humanity. Then, we will see serious changes made.

We need new laws that force these companies to take into consideration 'end of life' for packaging and/or trash that is bio-degradable that will naturally break down without turning into toxic pollution. It's their products that they are creating so, they should be held responsible for how it breaks down and pollutes the planet. Same with the fossil fuel industry and any industry that pollutes. We simply cannot do this any more at all. Who needs any sort of Apocalypse or Armageddon end of the world scenario when big business is killing us with their products. We must stop buying these products.

Bisphenol A (BPA) Contaminating Our Food



at 5:53: "There are 700 published scientific studies about the health affects of BPA that the FDA has never gotten around to looking at."

- Dr. Fred Bonsall, professor of biology at the University of Missouri, 2007

Bisphenol-A now linked to male infertility

Gender bending chemicals in plastics 'raises risk of prostate cancer'

Study finds bisphenol A on money

BPA in Dollar Bills and Receipts

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition represents more than 11 million individuals

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"Sean Penn is a behind a new documentary that explores potential dangers of toxic chemicals in household products. Called "The Human Experiment," the film calls into question thousands of untested chemicals in everyday products and how they could be contributing to health issues -- ranging from cancer to infertility.

Penn, 54, both executive produced and narrated the doc, alongside Emmy Award-winning journalists and filmmakers Dana Nachman and Don Hardy. This marks the third collaboration for Nachman, Hardy and Penn, who's known for his activism on a variety of issues. "

- Exclusive clip from new Sean Penn documentary, "The Human Experiment"

Documentary: The Human Experiment

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Addressing solutions to this issue: Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

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In 2001 Bill Moyers tried to warn us about the chemical industry in his documentary entitled, Trade Secrets (one can view the video by clicking on the link).

"A two-hour special report on how chemical companies have collaborated to keep from American workers and the American public the full truth about the impact of chemicals on health and safety."

http://www.pbs.org/tradesecrets/

The Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC)

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Bill Moyers: Toxic Chemicals PVC monomer pt. 1




The 12 Toxic Hormone Disruptors You Probably Have In Your Home

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"Tuesday night, the House passed legislation aimed at reforming the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), the 1976 law that for almost 40 years has dictated how chemicals are managed in the United States. Passed with broad bipartisan support — with the only no vote coming from Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) — the bill is a first step toward reforming TSCA, largely considered one of the most ineffective environmental laws in the country.

Eighty-five thousand chemicals have been introduced into commerce in the United States, and what we know is that less than 1,000 have been well-tested for their human health and environmental effects,” Noah Sachs, professor of law at the University of Richmond and a scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington, D.C., told ThinkProgress. “I think there’s an assumption that the government must be watching out for these things, and if there were a dangerous chemical out there the government would remove it, but that’s not what is happening at all.”

- House Votes To Reform Toxic Chemical Regulation For The First Time In Nearly 40 Years

http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index. ... 125cde0787

https://www.facebook.com/TheHumanExperi ... permPage=1

Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxic_Sub ... ct_of_1976

http://www.reformtsca.com

http://www.epa.gov/oppt/newchems/

http://www.chemalliance.org

http://saferchemicals.org/get-the-facts/what-is-tsca/

EWG's Ken Cook Explains the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)



TSCA Reform: Why it Matters

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The Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA)




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Congress is finally poised to rethink outdated US chemical laws

Making green chemistry mainstream – event

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