Most of you are familiar with the plastic softener BPA (bisphenol A) being used in baby bottles and other products and try to avoid these products when choosing baby bottles, etc. But you may or may not realize that canned goods (including Campbell's famous canned soups) and other plastics have also been found to be lined with the potential carcinogen. And finally, this research is going mainstream in the medical literature!
Today, as I opened my email, I was bombarded with emails from my medical literature subscriptions citing the latest evidence that the BPA that lines the cans of Campbell's canned soups shows up in significantly greater amounts in people's urine after consuming canned soups. This article was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and for sure will raise some eyebrows.
For those unfamiliar with the toxic effects of BPA, here's a quick summary from the wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A
"As it has been known to be estrogenic since the mid 1930s, concerns about the use of bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in 2008, after several governments issued reports questioning its safety, prompting some retailers to remove products containing it from their shelves. A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised further concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants and young children. In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA a toxic substance. In the European Union and Canada, BPA use is banned in baby bottles."
- as well as from the scientifically-based (and very reliable) organization Environmental Working Group - http://ewg.org/featured/218
"On April 16, 2008, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) raised concerns that exposure to BPA during pregnancy and childhood could impact the developing breast and prostate, hasten puberty, and affect behavior in American children. Days later the Canadian government decided to label BPA as "toxic." These actions are a historic shift from previous regulatory decisions on BPA's safety, both in the U.S. and abroad. In particular, the decision reversed the findings of a previous NTP advisory panel, whose review process was driven by a private contractor with links to BPA producers."
This is a major victory for those of us fighting against sneaky corporate use of toxins in our household products. Canned foods companies will definitely feel the pressure from consumers and medical practitioners alike to reformulate their canned goods which has largely been done throughout Europe and Canada. Kudos to these researchers!
Have a wonderful
Dr. Maltz earned a Medical Degree and Master in Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX. She completed a combined Internal and Preventive Medicine Residency at UTMB in June, 2011. She then completed a 2-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT, during which she simultaneously underwent an intensive 1000-hour curriculum created by The University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Program founded by Dr. Andrew Weil.