Is the plastic chemical BPA really harmful to your health?

I wish you had links to the studies. My dad thinks the whole BPA issue is a hoax (and human-caused climate change, too, if you can believe it). But, he claims to be a scientist, so putting a few good studies in his hands would help. Oh, he also doesn’t think there is an obesity epidemic in America.

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Not sure if there’s any talking sense to a climate skeptic, but there are more than 1,000 free scientific articles on bisphenol A accessible through PubMed Central (PMC). Unlike straight PubMed, PMC indexes only articles that are free and open to the public (2 million to date!).

Probably the most interesting study published this year on the topic was “Most plastic products release estrogenic chemicals: a potential health problem that can be solved,” which found endocrine disrupting chemicals even in “BPA-free” plastics, based on the in-vitro effects on estrogen receptor-positive human breast cancer cells. In some cases, BPA-free products released even more chemicals having estrogenic effects than BPA-containing plastic products.

The good news is that a new study found that one could dramatically reduce one’s exposure to these chemicals (both BPA and “penis-shrinking” pthalates) by choosing more fresh, unpackaged foods. There is, however, one non-canned fresh food item found BPA contaminated–see my video BPA Plastic and Male Sexual Dysfunction.

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  • Elaine

    I love your website. At age 62 I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and went vegan shortly after reading The China Study. I lost weight effortlessly and was re-tested with a normal result. Your website has helped educate me on how to boost my energy and balance my vitamins and minerals. Thank you so much!!

  • jazzfeed

    I’ve seen intimations, but no studies, that BPA is all over the place, such as in cash money and toilet paper. Any information on other products or surfaces with BPA?

  • gofer1

    There are more of those estrogen chemicals in tofu and soy products. Over 6000 studies found zero effect on human health. More people died from eating organic vegetables. BPA has been in use for over 50 years and one of the most studied. There is no scientific basis for not using it. Plus whatever enters the body is completely excreted in 24 hours. It does not accumulate. There have been numerous studies on humans which showed no effects. German Society of Toxiology found no effects. The FDA has declared it safe, but its hard to cure “chemiphobia”.

  • “Not sure if there’s any talking sense to a climate skeptic”

    I guess you’re not much of a scientist then, even if you happen to be mainly right on nutrition.