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Does BPA Exposure Harm the Heart?

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A common environmental contaminant may be increasing the risk for heart disease. Bisphenol A or BPA for short is widespread in food packaging. It is in the plastic resin that is used to line most cans that contain food or beverages. It is also found on many cash register receipts and in clear hard plastic containers.

Now a team of British scientists has found that exposure to BPA is associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Over 1,500 people were recruited from Great Britain and provided urine samples in which their BPA levels were measured. The team followed these volunteers over the next decade. The subjects who had higher levels of BPA initially were more likely to develop coronary artery disease. This isn't the first time that BPA has been linked to heart disease. Although these are associations with no proof of cause and effect, there is growing concern that BPA may have negative effects on human health.

[Circulation, online February 21, 2012]

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Since BPA seems to be in almost everything, what can we take to neutralize it?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: Avoiding exposure leads to a rapid drop in blood levels. Minimizing intake of canned foods and drinks (including beer or soft drinks in aluminum cans) makes a difference. Never put plastic containers in the microwave, and don't heat plastic containers or put them in the dishwasher. BPA is primarily found in hard clear plastic such as polycarbonate and in can linings, so be especially cautious about them.

Be sure to listen to our radio show #850: http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/03/17/850-bpa-in-your-soup/

What about eye drops that come in hard plastic containers? If there is leaching and the drops are easily absorbed by the eyes, could this not be a source?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: The polycarbonate that so often contains BPA is not usually squeezable. Check the recycle code on the eye drop container. If it is a 7, it might contain BPA. If not, that's less to worry about.

I understand that not all plastic containers contain BPA and the number in the triangle indicates that. Is that true that number 5 plastics have no BPA?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: yes. Watch out for number 7.
Here's an explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resin_identification_code

Be sure to listen to our show #850: BPA in Your Soup?
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/03/17/850-bpa-in-your-soup/

I knew about cans and plastic food containers, but it never occurred to me that my eye drops could be a source. Practically all supplements and prescriptions come in plastic containers, too. All the more reason to join the fight to ban BPA from all food and medicine containers.

A few years ago two friends called me whacko for telling them eating food from a can was dangerous to their health and to cook from scratch with whole food. Some days ago, those same friends told me they liked it much better when when they were able to think of me as a nut - and they now wonder if they have done themselves harm over the years of canned food consumption. To confess, I thought of myself at one time radical - now I understand I have only been practicing self-defense.

It was in the news about BPA, the FDA forgot that it took them 20 years to admit that cigarette smoke produce lung and other cancers. $$$ LOT OF MONEY must be in stake for them not to remove BPA plastics.

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