Bisphenol A, a carbon based synthetic compound that belongs to a group of diphenylmethane derivatives and bisphenols can be found in almost everything we, humans produce in the masses. From cellphones, to drinking bottles, medical devices, and CD’s it is constantly used by consumer mass. Just recently, this compound has been noted in various columns, and articles, in a debate to find out the truth; is Bisphenol A truly toxic to the human race? Or is it simply another fad to get people on board with newly manufactured BPA free produced materials?
BPA, an industrial chemical used in certain plastics and resins, made since the 1960’s can be found in various consumer goods, thus affecting the thousands of people consuming it. BPA is actually the key monomer used in the production of polycarbonate (PC) plastic and epoxy resin found in the lining of canned goods. What many people are unaware of is that BPA mimics the hormone estrogen, also known as an endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemical. The endocrine system is known as the body’s network of hormones and glands of which control various delicate systems within the human body.
Endocrine disruptors, like BPA, can interfere with the endocrine system by blocking, duplicating, and exaggerating hormonal responses. Although chemists first synthesized BPA in 1891, despite making headlines in recent years, scientists had already discovered BPA’s contribution as an artificial estrogen. This estrogen imposter could have been used as a medicinal hormone, however a more potent synthetic estrogen, DES, had been made. Despite DES being taken off the market after found being linked to reproductive cancers in infants born to mothers receiving the chemical doses, BPA was not taken off the market, or banned from distribution.
Appearing once again in the 1950’s through plastic products distributed throughout the world for over 60 years, to this day. BPA has continued to contribute to the production of thousands of goods consumed by humans, even though BPA had never been evaluated, and presumed safe for overall consumption. BPA has been proven to leach from the lining of these produced plastics, and overall exposing us to this toxic chemical. Linked to a wide range of adverse effects within our reproductive, behavioral, and developmental problems, BPA, even at low exposures is shown to do a great deal of damage.
To prove how exactly how BPA harms us, and to what extremes it can do so, Scientific American’s, Elizabeth Grossman explains how, “BPA acts like estrogen, disrupting hormones within laboratory animals…[affecting] their reproductive system” and brain development. BPA is also linked to affecting humans once leached into food from the protective internal epoxy resin coatings given off from canned foods, and other consumer products. Depending upon the degree to which BPA leaches, for instance; with extreme doses of BPA, hormonal effects, organ failure, and leukemia can occur. Aside from the effects of...