Health Dangers of Plastics: BPA, Phthalate Exposure May Cause Fertility Problems

PlasticBottlesAnyone who saw the documentary Tapped knows that ingesting BPAs and phtalates is hazardous to your health. CNN reports on yet another study highlighting the risks, this one suggesting fertility problems:

If you’re having trouble getting pregnant or have suffered a miscarriage, some common household products may be partly to blame, new research suggests.

This week, scientists at the annual conference of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in Boston are presenting research linking chemical compounds in our environment to fertility issues. In several different studies, researchers met with healthy couples who were trying to have a baby and tested them for BPA and phthalates.

BPA stands for Bisphenol A, a chemical used to make certain plastics and resins that are used in containers. BPA is also used in the coating of metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Some studies have even found BPA in cash register receipts.

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They are used in products such as detergents, beauty products and children’s toys. People are also exposed to phthalates by eating and drinking from containers containing them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Previous studies — primarily in rodents — have linked BPA exposure to many health problems, including reproductive disorders, but at this point the FDA says that it has “carefully assessed these studies and finds no convincing evidence to support that belief.” Phthalateshave been linked to health issues such as male sexual development and attention-deficit disorder in children. “It’s not clear what effect, if any, phthalates have on health,” the FDA says, noting that there is insufficient evidence of harmful effects to take regulatory action…

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1 Comment on "Health Dangers of Plastics: BPA, Phthalate Exposure May Cause Fertility Problems"

  1. Earthstar | Oct 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm |

    BPA has simply been replaced with BPS and BPAF, both of which are worse. Since the public doesn’t generally know this, they get away marketing worse versions of the same products which people then buy as safer.

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