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Shocking Study — “BPA-free” Plastics No Safer than BPA, Causing a Slew of Debilitating Side Effects


In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration banned the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles, sippy cups, and infant formula packaging. Manufacturers had already dropped the use of BPA after studies linked it to early puberty and a rise in breast and prostate cancers.

“BPA-free” became all the rage, but even in 2014, there were hints that BPA alternatives were not as safe as presumed. A new study by UCLA researchers is adding to the evidence that BPS—the most common alternative—is most likely no safer than BPA.

Our findings are frightening and important,” said senior author Nancy Wayne. “Consider it the aquatic version of the canary in the coal mine.

The study, published in the journal Endocrinology, was “the first to examine the effects of BPA and BPS on key brain cells and genes that control the growth and function of organs involved in reproduction.”

In controlled experiments on zebrafish, both chemicals sped up embryonic development, which led to the fish equivalent of premature birth. The effect was observed even at low levels of BPA or BPS equivalent to polluted river water. Zebrafish are commonly used to study the impact of plastic additives because their transparent embryos allow direct observation of cell growth.

Exposure to low levels of BPA had a significant impact on the embryos’ development of brain cells that control reproduction, and the genes that control reproduction later in life,” said Wayne. “We saw many of these same effects with BPS found in BPA-free products. BPS is not harmless.

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The researchers also discovered that both BPA and BPS acted through an estrogen system and through a thyroid hormone system.

Wayne told CNN: “Because of thyroid hormone’s important influence on brain development during gestation, our work holds important implications for general embryonic and fetal development, including in humans.

Over the past 20 years, the U.S. has seen a rise in premature births and early onset of puberty. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, including BPA and now BPS, are believed to be contributing to these phenomena.

The safety of BPS was beginning to be called into question in 2013 when Texas researchers found that tiny amounts could interfere with the normal functioning of cells. A study in Canada found that BPS caused a higher degree of abnormal effects on neural cell growth than BPA. A rat study found that normal doses of BPS caused heart arrhythmia.

It’s all pointing in the same direction: BPS is not harmless,” said Wayne. “Consumers should be cautious about the assumption that ‘BPA-free’ means a product is safe.

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  • Motherfuck

  • Its called BPT now.

  • This is why we need hemp made plastics!

  • Maybe we could try glass…. it’s a new thing

    • Yes and we used to be able to get a refund when we took them back to the shop …..less trash and economic too !

    • Fucking recycling centers in my area dont accept glass anymore.

    • Wow…even though glass is recyclable over and over again and plastic is hardly recyclable…nice

    • They say its not cost effective. When efficiency is dictated by money and not natural resources, the planet will suffer. 🙁

  • So we’re fucked no matter what nice

  • i drink shit from plastic bottles in hopes that i obtain a stomach ulcer that resembles cancer,

  • they just replaced one poison with another. I did Nazi that coming!

  • Really cool mason jars available with handles & cloth cozies for insulation.

  • There is no empirical evidence tha BPA is harmful, much like GMO’s. It may sound counter intuitive, but facts are facts.

    • There are plenty of studies showing the effect of BPA and hormone production in the body, specifically estrogen. Do you have a medical license? I’d be interested to see in your medical professional opinion (since that’s what you claim by stating there is no evidence) what evidence you have to prove BPA has no effect on estrogen or hormone production.

    • 30+ yrs. plastic process engineer. Your blowing smoke.

    • Matt Jackson Matt

    • Thank you, you are not a medical professional. You also can’t seem to spell correctly, so any legitimacy you had for an educated opinion went out the window.

    • The only studies that say that BPA is safe are from chemical industry lobby groups and the corporate-controlled FDA. Monsanto also controls the FDA, which approves Monsanto-funded research. That’s the reason it may seem like there is no ’empirical’ evidence, because all these corporate-funded studies are muddying the waters. But hey, corporations and the government love us, so Coca-Cola’s self-funded study about the health benefits of diet soda must be true! Drink all the diet soda you like! http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/cosmos-neil-tyson-lead-industry-science-denial

    • Kelly Thurman you’re wrong.

  • Here we go again… more poison for the depopulation agenda

  • Toby Trout

  • does anyone know if hemp plastics have side effects?
    Oh, wait i already know the answer: Hemp-based plastics are side effect free, biodegradable and best of all, would basically curb stomp petroleum plastics industry.

  • Basically, plastic is not good for storing food or drinking out of.

  • Angie

  • Use glass

  • This is why, regardless you shouldn’t recycle.

  • It’s a petro product. How safe can it possibly be?

  • Robyn Ann McCarthy

  • So what is an alternative?? I don’t think they make glass half gallon jugs & I need to stay hydrated lol

  • So basically almost everything made from plastic is dangerous? To our health? Great

  • Use glass