Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical commonly found in soup can linings, receipts and plastics. Even though the scientific community has gathered a tremendous amount of evidence that outlines BPAs toxic effects, the chemical is still used in a number of products today. Exposure to to BPA has been linked to several problematic symptoms; impaired female reproductive elements, diabetes and prostate diseases to name a few. Recent research has found that BPA can negatively impact brain development by disrupting a gene responsible for proper nerve cell function. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of The National Academy Sciences and conducted by Duke University Professors. They discovered that BPA could negatively effect central nervous system development by disrupting a gene called Kcc2. Kcc2 is a potassium chloride transporter that is critical for for preventing excitotoxicity . Excitotoxicity is a process in which nerve cells are killed and damaged by over stimulation of neurotransmitters.
“Our study found that BPA may impair the development of the central nervous system, and raises the question as to whether exposure could predispose animals and humans to neurodevelopmental disorders. Our findings improve our understanding of how environmental exposure to BPA can affect the regulation of the Kcc2 gene. However, we expect future studies to focus on what targets aside from Kcc2 are affected by BPA. This is a chapter in an ongoing story.” – Dr. Wolfgang Liedtke, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine/neurology and neurobiology at Duke University(1)
BPA has also been linked to behavioral problems, endocrine and reproductive disorders, obesity, cancers and immune deficiency disorders. BPA and it’s negative effects were becoming so transparent that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban the use of the chemical in baby bottles and cups in July 2012. I never trusted the FDA, and the ones who govern it have various connections to governments and corporate interests.
It seems that manufacturers are aware of these negative health effects, but it is only revealed when the human population takes notice of it. We should have never started using these chemicals in the first place. I like to use the atomic bomb testing as an example. All of the scientists at the testing sites were covered with special suits to protect them, but the soldiers around the test sites were not. Had the soldiers been aware of the adverse effects, they too would be provided with suits. Sometimes it feels as if the free will of the human race is being impeded upon,but it’s not. Negative and harmful phenomenon may surround us everyday, and the ones putting it in place are aware of that. But when the masses start to question and wake up, it seems change can start transpiring. I think this is great, the human race is waking up to a wide variety of phenomenon that does not resonate with the soul and, in doing so we can change it and create something new. It’s great to know that more and more people are at least starting to take notice, our awareness is increasing and our perception is changing. Often we get so caught up in our own lives that we forget to notice what is happening around us, to our planet as a whole, as one.
Because BPA heavily affects neurotransmitters, researchers are also linking it to rett syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and other gene mutation phenomenon. Exposure to BPA may disrupt development of the central nervous system by slowing down the removal of chloride from neurons. As an organism matures and the brain develops, chloride levels inside nerve cells drop. However, when exposed to BPA, the chloride is removed more slowly from neurons. Researchers also found female neurons to be more susceptible to the effects of BPA.
The things is, you always have a choice. So what can you do?
(1) Spread awareness of the truth to BPA (Either in direct communication, or by sharing articles such as this one)
(2) Look out for and make the choice to purchase BPA-Free products (they do exist)
Many food manufacturers, such as Eden Organic, pride themselves on selling popular canned foods -such as beans and chick peas -in cans that are BPA free (a fact that they blatantly publicize on the label of the item). Locating these products often doesn’t even require a natural or health food store, most of these products exist on your normal grocer’s shelf.
Now are these BPA-free products higher priced than their worse-to-consume alternative? At this point, yes. But that’s where taking the first step of spreading awareness becomes increasingly important. As much as I don’t like to play with the economic system, even basic economics tell you that as demand rises the price point of a product can shift. Meaning as more people make the choice to purchase BPA-free products, manufacturers such as Eden Organics won’t need to charge as much for their products to still be profitable. Mind you, the difference in price isn’t even that drastic!
Have a BPA-Free recipe of your own, or possibly some other alternatives that you want to share? Be sure to post it as a comment below.
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