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Posted on 09-23-2013

IMPACT OF EARLY EXPOSURE OF BPA AND BEHAVIOR IN KIDS

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You may have read different plastic products which state "BPA FREE" on them.  This is removed for good reason as BPA has been linked with all kinds of cancers.  Now there is research showing this dangerous chemical has additional far reaching effects!  The information below is from the Journal of Pediatrics from November 2011:

1) “Virtually all persons in industrialized countries are exposed to bisphenol A (BPA), and early-life BPA exposure might be associated with behavior problems.”

2) These authors used a prospective birth cohort of 244 mothers and their 3- year-old children. Gestational and childhood BPA exposures were measured using maternal (16 and 26 weeks of gestation and birth) and child (1, 2, and 3 years of age) urine samples.

3) “In this study, gestational BPA exposure affected behavioral and emotional regulation domains at 3 years of age, especially among girls.”

4) “Clinicians may advise concerned patients to reduce their exposure to certain consumer products.”

5) “Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in a variety of consumer products, including dental sealants, food/beverage containers and linings, medical equipment, and thermal receipts.”

6) “The use of BPA-containing products in daily life makes exposure ubiquitous in industrialized and industrializing countries.”

7) “The predominant source of BPA exposure for most people is diet, although exposure also might occur through inhalation or dermal absorption, which results in substantial exposure among persons involved in the manufacture or handling of BPA containing products.”

8) “Gestational BPA exposure disrupts normal neurodevelopment, affecting sexually dimorphic behaviors such as aggression, anxiety, exploration, and spatial memory.”

9) Sexually dimorphic clinical disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, and depression “might be related to early-life disruption of the endocrine system.”

10) “Additional research examining the neurotoxicity of BPA is needed, given the pervasiveness of exposure and the potential for even small effects to have substantial public health consequences.”

11) “Similar to our previous findings, the effects of gestational BPA exposure on these behavioral domains were larger among girls than boys.”

12) “The findings presented are consistent with numerous studies demonstrating altered neurobehavior among BPA exposed animals.”

13) “Gestational BPA exposures might affect endocrine or other neurotransmitter pathways and disrupt sexual differentiation of the brain, to alter behavior in a gender dependent manner.”

14) Gestational BPA exposure may be associated with impaired social behaviors in children. “Gestational BPA exposure may affect neurobehavioral domains associated with behavioral regulation.”

15) “Our results suggested that girls in this cohort were more sensitive to gestational BPA exposures than were boys.” This finding is intriguing, “given the endocrine-disrupting nature of BPA.”

16) Clinicians can advise concerned patients to reduce their exposure. However, it is difficult to avoid all sources of exposure, and the health consequences of BPA exposure are not fully understood.

17) “BPA exposure can be reduced by avoiding canned and packaged foods, receipts, and polycarbonate bottles with the recycling symbol 7.”

18) “The results of this study suggest that gestational BPA exposure might be associated with anxious, depressive, and hyperactive behaviors related to impaired behavioral regulation at 3 years of age. This pattern was more pronounced for girls, which suggests that they might be more vulnerable to gestational BPA exposure than boys.” 

Keep in mind BPA free products are usually supplemented with BPS which is actually even worse!  Stick with ceramic or glass containers, particularly if they are going to be exposed to ANY head including sitting in the car.

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