BPA’s. People have spoken about them plenty, but that conversation seems to have died down…
Ironically, BPA’s are one of the few things in the e-cig movement that actually does need to be figured out. BPA’s are in your plastic and they are on your aluminum cans. It is that chemical that makes those simple products sturdy and reliable. How do your cans and plastics not fall apart over-time, while being constantly and consistently exposed to harsh acids? Shouldn’t Mt. Dew, over-time, eat its way out of that can that it’s in? The reason why it does not is because of the chemical that we know to be called BPA.
According to an article that I came across on the Scientific American website, the CDC’s information about what is considered a harmful level of BPA in the human body may be misleading to the general public.
The article states that:
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found traces of BPA in nearly all of the urine samples it collected in 2004 as part of an effort to gauge the prevalence of various chemicals in the human body. It appeared at levels ranging from 33 to 80 nanograms (a nanogram is one billionth of a gram) per kilogram of body weight in any given day, levels 1,000 times lower than the 50 micrograms (one millionth of a gram) per kilogram of bodyweight per day considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Union’s (E.U.) European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).”
While the CDC has said that in the past, the author of this article points out that a chemist from the BPA global group of the American Chemistry Council has said the following:
“Studies suggest that BPA does not linger in the body for more than a few days because, once ingested, it is broken down into glucuronide, a waste product that is easily excreted. Yet, the CDC found glucuronide in most urine samples, suggesting constant exposure to it. “There is low-level exposure but regular low-level exposure,” says chemist Steven Hentges, executive director of the polycarbonate / BPA global group of the American Chemistry Council. “It presumably is in our diet.””
As you can see, those two statements seem to contradict each other. One minute we are being told that BPA is no problem, and the next, we are being told that BPA seems like something that we should be aware of. Well, is it a problem or not?
In a study done on mice, endocrinologist Retha Newbold, of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, found that BPA impairs the fertility of female mice. She states that “(I)in animals, BPA can cause permanent effects after very short periods of exposure. It doesn’t have to remain in the body to have an effect.”
It seems to me that the reality of things could be considerably more nuanced than the people in our government make them out to be. We need scientists to be our leaders, not politicians. People need to look at the reality in which the science is taking place. You can’t separate results from the bigger reality, and expect to see reality. The real scientists of today’s world know this. It is up to the general public to be discerning. We need to look into things enough to get a real picture of reality. A fact can be seen as a statistic whose grey areas are not known. Just because you don’t know what they are, does not mean that they do not exist. If you see a scientist that seems to only care about spitting out facts, and not so much about dissecting and discerning reality, then look into it yourself. We need to be vigilant about coming across faux information.
Remember, we are on the winning side of this movement. The real information will prevail with time.
So, keep vapin’. We are changing the world!
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