Canada reported that 91
percent the country's population has a chemical called
Bisphenol A (BPA) in their bodies, which is commonly found in baby
bottles and has become increasingly more present in the daily life of
a harmful chemical that can cause obesity, cancer,
heart disease and diabetes. It is found in plastic bottles, baby
bottles, the lining of food cans, and as a coating for shopping
receipts. Canada decided to ban this chemical in baby bottles
specifically after studies indicated that neural development and
behavior would be affected by increased exposure to BPA.
register receipts are slathered in this stuff...and you absorb it
through your skin," said Dr. Rick Smith, author of "Slow
Death By Rubber Duck" and executive director of advocacy group
Environmental Defense. "The average BPA molecule is flushed from
the human body in less than six hours. If we can just
get BPA out of a few key areas in our lives, levels in our
bodies will come down very, very quickly."
Canada conducted a two-year survey where the level of exposure to 80
different contaminants and chemicals was measured in Canadian
citizens. Results from the study showed that the urine of Canadians
tested had a mean concentration of 1.16 micrograms per liter, and
that teenagers had the highest concentrations of the chemical BPA.
Also, children between six and 11 had higher BPA concentrations than
adults who are over 40 years old.
real value in this is for the very first time, (we) have baseline
information against which we can study trends and track what is
happening with respect to bisphenol A exposure," said Tracey
Bushnik of Statistics Canada's Health Analysis Division.
are many organizations that warn against exposure to BPA such as
Cancer Fund and the Environmental
Working Group, and retailers like Walmart have already stopped
selling baby bottles with BPA in the United States, Bushnik
adds that BPA is commonly used in so many products that he'd be
surprised if it wasn't found in such a large number of the
population, and that he is still unsure whether BPA is such a problem
because it's there though, doesn't mean anything more than it's
there," said Bushnik. "It doesn't imply that it's
risky, it doesn't imply that it's not risky."
Statistics Canada report also shows that Canadians have a
of lead in their systems than the last time a report was
released. Thirty years ago, 27 percent of Canadians had
concentrations higher than 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood while
today it is less than one percent.