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Canada is looking to ban BPA from baby bottles, as it affects early development

Statistics 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 Canadians. 

BPA is 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. 

"Cash 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."

Statistics 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. 

"The 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. 

There are many organizations that warn against exposure to BPA such as the Breast 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 yet. 

"Just 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."

The Statistics Canada report also shows that Canadians have a lower concentration 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.



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RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By Ammohunt on 8/19/2010 2:31:57 PM , Rating: 2
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Seriously, each time we spotted a tight-assed chick at Old Orchard Beach, we knew she was french-canadian....


What makes you think she would be interested in American boys? They are just like the sickly skiny Euro-girls they don't know what a real man is becasue they left and went to America a long long time ago. Gene pool drifted the hell outta there!


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By JonnyDough on 8/19/2010 3:41:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a thirty year old 6'7" United States Airman with British genetics. Care to come and back up what you're saying? I mean, you pretty much did just call American men pusses. I'm pretty sure we have the most elite military in the world...there's this thing about America which you may not be aware of. Our gene pool is very DIVERSE, which means that for the last two hundred years we've been breeding some of the BEST men. :)


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By the3monkies on 8/20/2010 12:26:25 AM , Rating: 4
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I mean, you pretty much did just call American men pusses.


Actually, he said just the opposite. You need to work on your reading comprehension there stretch.


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By Ammohunt on 8/20/2010 11:23:32 AM , Rating: 2
Those in the Air Force are over bright. ;-)


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By Kutcher on 8/23/2010 1:02:51 PM , Rating: 2
LOL. Thank you for producing a perfect example of the stereotypical American man: an uneducated egotistical moron who wants to assault anyone with a different point of view. And of course, you're in the army.

Why don't you pop another ridalin and read little slower next time.


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By Iaiken on 8/19/2010 3:56:56 PM , Rating: 2
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They are just like the sickly skiny Euro-girls they don't know what a real man is becasue they left and went to America a long long time ago.


Damned straight... Jabba was a pimp yo!


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