BPA Study Highlights Pregnancy Dangers

Emerging research reveals new links with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and adverse reactions. According to EMaxHealth, “increased muscle tone, tremors, and abnormal movements” appeared in the baby of a woman who tested with very high BPA urine levels.

The woman is reported to have, while she was pregnant, eaten canned foods and drinks and used a microwave oven to heat foods in plastic containers—all avenues known to be BPA routes to the body, noted EMaxHealth. The study was conducted by Sheela Sathyanarayana, MD of Seattle Children’s Research Institute and appears online in Environmental Health Perspectives. Sathyanarayana is a pediatrician and environmental health specialist at Seattle Children’s and is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The woman and her baby participated in the Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment (HOME) study that studied BPA exposure during pregnancy and in neurodevelopment, said EMaxHealth. In this case, the baby exhibited normal at-birth neurobehavioral development; however, at the one-month exam, the baby exhibited a number of “abnormalities” not present at the one-year to five-year exams, explained EMaxHealth.

The mother tested with the highest BPA level of any one else in the “general population,” which points to the various sources in which BPA is exposed and shows the need to educate expectant mothers on how to reduce exposure to this dangerous chemical, said EMaxHealth.

BPA is often used as a tin can liner and leaches out of cans and into foods, according to Consumer Reports and the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Acting as an anti-androgen—substances that block hormone activity—BPA affects sexual development and processes, especially in developing fetuses, infants, and children. BPA has been inked to toxic injury and life threatening illnesses in many hundreds of studies which have made these links to 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, premature puberty, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), female fertility issues, erectile dysfunction, and male sexual problems. Recently, BPA, was linked, again, to sperm health issues this time, in a human study.

In addition to growing concern over the negative impact of BPA on health and the environment, and despite tremendous public support for increased regulation concerning toxic chemicals, Congress has continued to act on the side of industry. Of note, industry has long relied on the results of two studies that found BPA safe at current usage levels; however, those studies were industry conducted.

The ever-present polycarbonate plastic hardener has been implicated in a growing range of consumer products from baby bottles and sippy cups to eyeglass, CD and DVD cases, and water bottles. We recently wrote that the toxic chemical was found in ordinary thermal paper receipts, further intensifying its ubiquity, and presents a danger to aquatic health due to its presence in nautical paints.

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