The chemical Bisphenol-A, or BPA, found in plastic has been blamed for a variety of health problems recently, but are these concerns justified? Dr. Patrick Michaels of the Cato Institute says no and here explains why.
The alleged danger of the chemical BPA in baby bottles was one of last year’s biggest scare stories. But Angela Logomasini of the Independent Women’s Forum says these fears are unjustified. . .
For years, charges have been made that a common chemical found in plastics, known as BPA, is responsible for birth defects, obesity and even cancer. And while activists have been successful getting their message into the media, they’ve been less successful in getting it validated by peer-reviewed science.
In a revealing article in the April issue of The Atlantic, “Beyond BPA: Could ‘BPA-Free’ Products Be Just as Unsafe?” the effort to scare American consumers and others around the world comes full circle. In essence, the people and organizations behind campaigns to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) and anything made from plastic exist to frighten everyone about everything.
The public has become increasingly reluctant to be stampeded by specious scientific claims and with good reason; the science cited has often been false. This time the scare is over the plastics additive bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to harden plastic and has been in wide consumer use for more than half a century. It is used to improve the safety and reliability of everything from DVDs and consumer electronics to sports safety equipment and shatterproof bottles. BPA is among the most tested chemicals in history and not a single study has ever shown any harm to humans under normal [...]
Like Alar, DDT, phthalates, and a host of other substances before it, Bisphenol A (BPA) has joined the ranks of man-made chemicals to be vilified as threatening human health by activists and politicians, conspicuously lacking in evidence to back up their claims. BPA is one of those chemicals that make products we take for granted actually “work.” Its unique properties make it a key component in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, chemical compounds that make everyday products – ranging from DVDs, CDs, cell phones, and bicycle helmets to food containers, toys, and medical equipment – strong and durable. [...]
If you were about to throw away your baby bottles due to the latest health scare over the plastics they contain, you may not need to go “all glass” just yet. This, according to Dr. Gilbert Ross of the American Council on Science and Health, who notes in a recent article there is no cause for concern over the tiny exposure we face from the plastic component known as BPA. Ross explains that yet again, laboratory tests were used exposing rats and mice to very high doses of the chemical, but that there is no evidence at all of [...]