Chemicals That Are Dangerous, Yet Not Proven Guilty

Many women do not know all dangers associated with chemicals used at work because they are not explained in material safety sheets. What is known is that chemicals that alter the DNA do it across the life cycle. Birth defects, early puberty and cancer go hand-in-hand. Exposure to chemicals that mimic estrogens in the body is thought to be the reason more girls are entering puberty at younger ages.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a threat to your health and BPA is most likely the cause of early puberty in young girls and also birth defects in newborns. There birth defects caused by BPA were rarely discussed by doctors and hospitals before fetal alcohol syndrome was first identified.

In a 1997 study of 17,000 girls in the US, found that black girls begin puberty shortly before age 9 on average, while white girls begin just before age 10. It was found an astonishing 45 percent of all Afro-American females reach puberty at age 8 and have begun developing breasts, growing pubic and underarm hair or both. Third grade girls have reached the beginning of their sexual development without the emotional skills to make appropriate decisions. BPA mimics hormones and because of its widespread use BPA is among the environmental chemicals suspected to be responsible.

Endocrine disruptors are found in pesticides, insecticides and industrial chemicals, such as bisphenol A which is found in plastic containers and can liners. They lead to carcinogenic, reproductive and developmental effects. Furthermore, they lead to disruption of ovarian function, reduced sperm production, and reduced fertility. Potential developmental effects include low birth weight and birth defects.

Dr. David Feldman, endocrinologist from Stanford, in 1993 was conducting research on steroid hormones in yeast cultures, such as estrogen, and he found hormones where he wasn’t expecting hem. Feldman said that the molecules were leaching from the plastic, because they weren't coming from the yeast. He rang the warning bell and presented his results to a major conference in 1994, but nobody listened, until 2007 when Canada banned the use of bisphenol A in plastic baby bottles.

Researchers say BPA acts like the hormone estrogen and can affect a developing brain and reproductive system. It is among the chemicals now known as environmental estrogens. Today BPA is associated with causing damage in reproduction and is a suspect in other problems, including breast cancer, diabetes, testicular cancer and more. BPA can be found in baby bottles, water bottles and the white linings of canned foods. The Environmental Working Group found that BPA lines the cans of baby formula, including the famous Nestle. BPA has been found in 93 percent of Americans who were tested for it.

The Kids Safe Chemicals Act places the burden of proof on the chemical industry, which has produced more than 60,000 new chemicals in the last 30 years without safety testing, to prove that chemicals are safe for children before they are used in consumer products.

The world should be adopting the principles of precaution and prevention, long advocated by the Environmental Research Foundation in numerous papers. BPA is too much of a suspect to be granted a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. There's no second chance if it disables children. Chemicals should be dangerous until proven innocent because we can never unring the bell of altered human DNA.


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