Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bisphenol A causes human male sexual problems, too

According to a study reported in the Washington Post, high doses of the chemical in food containers that would be banned for children's food containers by SB 797 cause various kinds of sexual problems in adult humans. This had previously been shown in animals ("including infertility, weight gain, behavioral changes, early-onset puberty, cancer and diabetes"), but there was always a chance that it was different for humans. Now we know. They looked at factories in China. "The men handling BPA were four times as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and seven times as likely to have difficulty with ejaculation."

Let's see: BPA is a synthetic estrogen. How could putting that into their bloodstreams affect boys and men?

It has been detected in 93% of a sample of the US population. Now we  have to find out how low a dose is dangerous, so we know how much of a problem that is.

SB 797 failed in the assembly. Member Perez moved to reconsider, and Member Torrico requested that it be placed on the inactive file. It may not technically be dead, but Eric Idle is about to strike.

As I said when talking about the link between BPA and aggressive behavior in toddlers, all the health groups are for SB 797, and all the business groups are against it. Does that remind you of anything?

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