You’ve probably done your research on the best formula
available, carefully reviewed its list of ingredients, and
studied all the nutrients from which your child will benefit.
But you surely missed this unlisted item: Bisphenol A.
A (BPA) is a chemical used in the production of polycarbonates
and it is the target of a recent independent study by the
Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization lobbying
for health protective policies and sustainable development.
also leaches from the metal lining of cans and has been found
at alarmingly high rates in one-third of the cans of baby
formula. The formulas tested included both the ready-to-eat
and the concentrated formulations. The analysis shows that
one of every 16 infants is effectively being exposed to BPA
levels higher than those proven harmful in animal testing,
therefore placing formula-fed infants at the highest risk
of contamination amongst the US population.
At lower levels of exposure, previous studies link BPA exposure
to developmental toxicity, neuro-toxicity, cancer, obesity,
infertility, and birth defects including Down Syndrome. For
example, the Myers study in 2006 explained the broad effect
BPA can have on the human body as it alters over 200 genes,
acting as the catalyst to a plethora of today’s diseases.
The FDA last tested BPA in 1996 and at that time found it
posing no risk to the human body. Although dozens of studies
have been published since then proving the adverse effects
at much lower levels of exposure, the FDA fails to protect
the public, including infants and pregnant women, the segment
at highest risk of contamination.
Among other consumer products, BPA is widely found in water
bottles, canned foods, and soda cans. In fact, it is so embedded
in today’s consumer products that it is used in flame
retardants, rubber chemicals, part of the plastic used in
covering children cavities, in refrigerator shelving, microwave
ovenware and returnable containers typically used for milk
and water. BPA can also be found in water pipes, electrical
appliances, tools and flooring. BPA is absolutely an environmental
disaster infecting just about everything around us.
Despite the warning signs and the widespread toxicity of Bisphenol
A as documented by over 100 peer-reviewed studies, our health
protection agencies contend that products containing BPA are
perfectly safe for their intended uses and that low dose exposure
to this chemical presents no health risk, thereby resulting
in the widespread use of BPA being without any safety warnings
or limits. Bisphenol A is just one of hundreds of chemicals
contaminating our foods and polluting our bodies and the environment.