BPA Exposure During Pregnancy Found to Make Young Girls Hyperactive, Depressed
A new study has found that pregnant women exposed to high levels of the estrogen-mimicking health destroyer bisphenol A (BPA) can lead to female offspring becoming depressed, hyperactive, and anxious — all at the early age of 3. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, is particularly troubling due to the fact that it also found that 97% of women have BPA in their blood and urine.
The study found BPA in 97% of the 240 pregnant women exampled, as well as 97% of their children. This means that the BPA contamination was passed down to almost every child (if not every child) from their equally-affected mothers within the 97%. In another study, BPA was found in 9 out of 10 unborn babies’ umbilical cords.
A spokesman for the American Chemistry Council, Steven Hentges, says the study’s “conclusions are of unknown relevance to public health.” He goes on to say that regulators in Japan, Europe, and the USA “have … reviewed hundreds of studies on BPA and repeatedly supported the continued safe use of BPA.”
Of course the negative effects of BPA exposure do not end with depression and hyperactivity. Found to cause breast cancer in over 130 studies, BPA also wreaks havoc on your body after birth. Found in countless industrial and consumer products including dental sealants, fillings, cans, plastic products, global currency, BPA contamination is such a widespread issue that its presence is truly a challenge to avoid.
Thankfully, there are natural methods of reducing not only the presence of BPA in your body, but also negating its negative effects. While the first step to reduce BPA exposure is to utilizing stainless steel and glass bottles over plastic, there are other things you can do to reduce BPA exposure such as choosing ceramic cookware over plastic-covered pots and pans, cutting down on processed foods and using fresh base ingredients to create your own meals free of plastic-heavy packaging, and wearing gloves if you are handling currency all day due to occupation or any other reason.
In addition to those simple prevention techniques, 13 substances have been found to help eliminate the presence of BPA within your body as well as help to fight the effects:
- Bifidobacterium 3
- Bifidobacterium Breve
- Lactobacillus casei
- Bacillus pumilus
- Black Tea
- Fermented Foods and Beverages
- Royal Jelly
- Folic Acid
Natural Society staff contribution