Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Heart Disease, Diabetes, Plastics link????

I am sure we will be hearing more about this in the months to come as more research is done. Meanwhile I am passing on a bit of an article I read at US News about the (possible?)link. Click this link for the complete article.

Heart Disease, Diabetes Linked to Chemical in Plastics
Research on bisphenol A fuels calls for a ban on the chemical's use in hard plastics and metal cans
By Deborah Kotz
Posted September 16, 2008

"Just one word...plastics," a memorable line from the 1967 movie The Graduate, has taken on a whole new meaning. Then, plastics held all the future's promise. Now, we've come to fear them, in part because of the potential health dangers posed by bisphenol A, a chemical found in hard, clear plastics and most cans containing foods or beverages. The spotlight over the past year has been on rigid plastic baby bottles and plastic-lined cans of infant formula. That's natural, since babies are thought to be most vulnerable to BPA's reproductive health effects; in animal studies, exposure early in life increased long-term risk of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, decreased sperm counts, and breast and prostate cancer.