BPA Levels in Americans Double Those Found in Canadians

For reasons that remain unclear, it seems that Americans have greater levels—about twice as much—of the estrogenic plastic polycarbonate chemical <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A—BPA—in their bodies than Canadians, said the Globe and Mail.Scientists are looking into why two such culturally similar demographic groups have such different levels of the Hazardous Chemical Substance in their bodies.

Details of a review of studies conducted by United States and Canadian governments was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, said the Globe and Mail. The studies looked into the levels of common contaminants in each country. Dr. Laura Vandenberg, a postdoctoral fellow at Tufts University in Massachusetts said that she is unable to explain the findings. “It’s a huge mystery,” quoted the Globe and Mail.

Dr. Vandenberg also compared Canadian children to German teens. The Canadian group tested with significantly less BPA, while American children had significantly higher levels than the German group, said the Globe and Mail. “… as much as we know about how we’re being exposed to this chemical, there is a ton that we don’t know,” Dr. Vandenberg said, quoted the Globe and Mail. Canada was the first country to add BPA to its list of toxic substances in 2010, and banned baby bottles containing the substance.

Meanwhile, last August we wrote that according to a Statistics Canada study, conducted with Health Canada, some disturbing facts surrounding BPA and the Canadian population were revealed. This was the government’s first national survey conducted on chemical exposure and revealed that nine out of 10

Canadians aged six to 79—91 percent of the population—have BPA in their urine, indicating that Canadian children and teenagers have higher BPA urine levels today than previously believed. The survey also revealed that just about every Canadian has BPA in their bodies.

As we’ve long explained, Hundreds of studies have linked BPA to toxic injury and life threatening illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, intestinal problems, brain cell connection interference, increased risks of reproductive and immune system diseases and disorders, problems with liver function testing, interruptions in chemotherapy, and premature puberty. We have also long written about the Toxic Substance’s links to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), female fertility issues, erectile dysfunction, and male sexual problems.

Acting as an anti-androgen—substances that block hormone activity—BPA affects sexual development and processes, especially in developing fetuses, infants, and children.

BPA can be found in baby bottles; sippy cups; water bottles; aluminum can linings; eyeglasses; cars; DVD and CD cases; some dental sealants; appliances; windshields; paper receipts; and the plastic lining of frozen food dinners, to name some. On recyclable bottles, BPA, as a component, can be verified if the item contains recycling number 7. The ever-present toxin has been implicated in a growing range of consumer products. We also recently wrote that the Toxic Chemical was found in ordinary thermal paper receipts, further intensifying its ubiquity.

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