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09 Sep

Chemicals From Plastics Found In Unborn Babies

Toxic plastic is affecting fetuses. Toxic plastic is affecting fetuses.


Toxic chemicals from plastics are affecting humans from the get go, starting in a mother's womb. Researchers from the American Chemical Society sampled the umbilical cords of 85 terminated pregnancies in northern California this August in order to investigate human fetal exposure to the chemical BPA (bisphenol A).

Bisphenol A is a man-made compound used to make plastics and epoxy resins for mass consumer goods such as water bottles, sports equipment, CDs, DVDs, and for linings on water pipes and the inside of food and beverage cans. In animals, it has been linked to reproductive and developmental disorders, as well as neurological and behavioral changes due to its ability to mimic estrogen and disrupt normal hormone functions.

In 2006, a panel review of 38 US scientists concluded that concentrations of BPA result in "organizational changes in the prostate, breast, testis, mammary glands, body size, brain structure and chemistry, and behavior of laboratory animals." Of all the cords tested, 100% of them contained at least trace amounts of BPA. The study was the first to record significant BPA levels in mid-gestation fetuses.

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