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850 BPA in Your Soup?

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BPA, or bisphenol A, is widely used as a component of clear hard plastic. It is nearly ubiquitous in the lining of cans for beverages and food, including soup. The fly in the ointment? BPA has estrogenic activity and is an endocrine disruptor.

Recent research showed that eating canned soup every day for a week increased the levels of BPA in urine dramatically. What are the implications for human health?

New research shows that phthalates are often found in pills and supplements.

Guests: Karin Michels, PhD, ScD is an associate professor in the department of epidemiology in the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. Her research on soup and BPA was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Fred vom Saal, PhD, is the Curators Professor of Biology in the division of biological sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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