Plastics and Bisphenol A: Should We Trust the Government?

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The topic of this paper revolves around the controversy of a chemical called bisphenol A or BPA. Do plastic food contact materials containing BPA pose any hazard to human health? The controversy has been around for many years but was sparked by new research in the last few years. Today, with new developments in biomedical technology, scientists are able to examine BPA in a whole new level and far more in-depth than they were decades ago. The availability of access to information technology is also another factor that raises concerns and makes us become more aware of the risks this chemical poses. This topic was chosen because of my personal interest in this matter and also because this topic is considerably relevant in our everyday lives. Unlike some people, I do not have car insurance or prescription drugs or eat fast food very often. But like everyone else, I use plastics every single day. Although I have made some attempts to avoid using them, it is difficult not to because plastics are one of the basic elements of every necessity from toothbrushes to high-technology equipment. Not being able to avoid them does not mean that we cannot limit the risks of exposure. The unavoidable importance of plastics should put this topic among the top lists of our concerns. In this paper I will present a brief history of bisphenol A followed by its nature and effects, claims of its safety and danger with scientific data from both for and against sides to avoid bias, and preventative actions we can take to minimalize negative effects that could happen to our health. Some claims seem reasonable. But some are just unacceptable. The majority of the data leans toward the anti-BPA side. In other words, there is more evidence from reliable sourc... ... middle of paper ... Science & Technology Collection database. Trasande, L., Cronk, C., Durkin, M., Weiss, M., Schoeller, D. A., Gall, E. A., et al. (2008, September 11). Environment and Obesity in the National Children’s Study. Environ Health Perspectives, 117(2), 159–166. doi:10.1289/ehp.11839 vom Saal, F. S., & Hughes, C. (2005, April 12). An Extensive New Literature Concerning Low-Dose Effects of Bisphenol A Shows the Need for a New Risk Assessment. Environ Health Perspectives, 113(8), 926–933. doi:10.1289/ehp.7713 Williams, F. (2008, November). Is It Safe to Heat Food in plastic?. Good Housekeeping, 247(8), 158. Retrieved April 20, 2009, from MAS Ultra - School Edition database. Yang, M., Ryu, J., Jeon, R., Kang, D., & Yoo, K. (2008, October 9). Effects of bisphenol A on breast cancer and its risk factors. Archives of Toxicology, 83(3), 281-285. doi:10.1007/s00204-008-0364-0

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