NHE wrote:In my opinion, bisphenol-a is the poster child molecule of corporate tyranny. I will leave the following link active for the next day or two. It's an interview with Dr. Frederick vom Saal who is a research biologist specializing in endocrinology. Dr. vom Saal has published several papers on the physiological dangers of bisphenol-a and he has also appeared on the National Geographic series "Strange Days on Planet Earth" in a segment which discussed the problems associated with plastics polution in the environment. The audio file is from 2006 and it's about 13.5 MB.
NHE wrote:Here's a link to Frederick vom Saal's papers via PubMed (many of which are freely available).
gwa wrote:I just sent him an email and asked whether he thinks this substance stays in the body permanently. It seems like a substance that is impossible to stay away from due to the plastic pipes currently used in homes.
NHE wrote:Hi GWA,gwa wrote:I just sent him an email and asked whether he thinks this substance stays in the body permanently. It seems like a substance that is impossible to stay away from due to the plastic pipes currently used in homes.
Have you heard back from Dr. vom Saal yet? It would be great to know his response to your question.
On a side note, since becoming aware of the problems with bisphenol-a, I've taken steps to reduce my exposure to plastics. For example, I no longer heat food in the microwave using plastic containers. I also no longer drink beverages from suspect plastics, e.g., PETE and Polycarbonate. I also gave up using styrofoam cups for hot beverages. I go to a meeting every week and I now bring my own ceramic mug with me for hot tea. On the rare occasion that I do wind up using a styrofoam cup, I can really taste the difference now. I also went on a search through about 4 different stores to try to find a HDPE tippy cup for my young niece and nephew to replace the unlabeled, hard, clear (likely polycarbonate) tippy cups that they were using (I just couldn't see any logic in exposing a growing male toddler to a known chemical estrogen). I was surprised at how hard it was to find a suitable tippy cup that was actually labeled with the type of plastic it was made of.
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