In the mouths of babes
Follow the money — and the logic — and you will see the FDA’s recent statements on BPA are a bunch of bull.
Do you know why BPA has been removed from baby bottles and sippy cups? It’s not because BPA is unsafe. It’s because consumers became aware that it’s unsafe.
If the bottle industry knew about BPA dangers, but consumers didn’t, do you think the industry would have gone to great lengths to remove it? Of course not.
The FDA finally got around to banning BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. That would have been a far-sighted move in 2002. In 2012, it’s essentially pointless.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good thing that kids are getting less BPA exposure. But it’s because of the PR and sales effect of being able to put a “BPA-free” sticker on your bottle, not the 13th hour move by the FDA.
And to prove it, FDA officials have made it clear they don’t intend to take any further steps to limit BPA use.
As I’ve mentioned before, BPA disrupts hormonal activity. And with each year, we’ve seen mounting evidence that it promotes cancer, birth defects, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
But the agency still claims BPA is safe. In fact, an FDA spokesperson told USA Today that the new ban has nothing to do with safety. She states flatly that the bottle industry wanted the ban. So the FDA gave them their ban.
Ignore for a second what an absurd statement that is. Because what’s hiding behind that statement is the bad news for you, me and every child.
Because the ban is on BPA in bottles, not on BPA. And you won’t believe where else your kids and grandkids are getting bombarded by BPA…
In their fillings!
For many years, scientists have known that BPA exposure is potentially dangerous. And yet, someone developed a type of tooth filling — for use in children! — that contains BPA.
So they’ve taken BPA bottles out of kids’ mouths, and then EMBEDDED BPA in their teeth!
And the results won’t surprise anyone. Not anyone paying attention anyway. In a new study, children with BPA fillings were more likely to have emotional issues, including depression and anxiety.
And this was just a five-year study. Many kids will have these fillings their entire lives!
Just when we got the word out on Mercury, now this!
Add to that, the use of BPA fillings is growing because they’re “tooth colored.”
And here’s the clincher: The FDA regulates tooth fillings. That means NOTHING is going to happen beyond this study. Not if the FDA continues genuflecting to the industry.
Here are the only two words you need to know to get an idea of what BPA industry clout might be like around the FDA: “Bayer” and “Dow.”
According to the USDA, these two global giants produce “the bulk” of BPA. And the total BPA market is worth about $8 billion annually.
So there’s no mystery as to why the FDA “believes” BPA is perfectly safe. Bayer. Dow. $8 billion. Mystery solved!
Parents, you can avoid BPA fillings by asking your child’s dentist about another type of filling. It’s called a “componer.” The new BPA study also included children with componer fillings. The researchers found no links between componers and behavioral problems.
They haven’t, however, reported whether there was a connection between FDA insanity and my behavioral problems.
“FDA officially bans BPA, or bisphenol-A, from baby bottles” Wendy Koch, USA Today, 7/17/12, usatoday.com
“Dental Composite Restorations and Psychosocial Function in Children” Pediatrics, Published online ahead of print, 7/16/12, pediatrics.aappublications.org
“BPA in tooth fillings may boost kids’ behavioral problems” Ryan Jaslow, CBS News, 7/16/12, cbsnews.com