As I was reviewing some of the biggest health scares this year in The Week
, I felt compelled to remind everyone that plastics have been found to potentially lead to hormonal problems. The ubiquitous plastics chemical known as Bisphenol A, or BPA, had a very bad year in 2009. First, a report in January found that repeated heating and washing of plastics containing BPA could release the chemical into our food and drink. Then, in April, the federal government found that BPA appears to mimic the hormone estrogen, causing the “over-expression” of female sex characteristics in men, women, and children. A later study found that the presence of BPA in the body could double the risks for diabetes and other diseases.
Unfortunately, BPA is virtually everywhere. “The vast majority of exposure is through food and drink—from cans and bottles,” said researcher Mike Shelby. “But there could be trace amounts in water and dust. Your cell phone is probably made out of it.” To learn more about these research studies, read the AHJ article "Could a Plastic Bottle Be Making You Sick?
" May you always be blessed with good health.