There's a lot of buzz right now about how BPA (bisphenol A) may be killing us all. BPA is a common chemical used in making plastics like most water bottles and baby bottles. Previously, any real evidence that BPA could harm us has come from animal testing, but a new study just came out showing a statistical link between humans with high levels of BPA and a higher occurrence of heart disease and diabetes. It would be jumping to conclusions to say that BPA has been "proven to cause heart disease and diabetes", but ...
A link to the Reuters story is here.
(Addendum: I just saw another article where the FDA disputes that there is any danger from BPA. An FDA spokesperson said "A margin of safety exists that is adequate to protect consumers, including infants and children, at the current levels of exposure,” The article also points out many "holes" in the study. Check that out here.)
I admit that I've been pondering this for a while. When I went to buy a water bottle to use at the gym I got one that said "BPA free". Why not be safe, I figured. But I do still drink bottled water when I buy one at a restaurant out of convenience. But the biggest thing that bugs me about this issue is that my last two babies have been bottle fed out of bottles that are not BPA-free. When they are having children are they going to tell stories about how lucky they are to be alive since their crazy Mom fed them BPA from Day One of their lives? And then their friends will laugh about how clueless we were "back then" just like I do about my Mom not putting us in seat belts.
Should I freak out and go on a BPA hunt in my house? Should I throw out probably $100 worth of baby bottles and start fresh next time around? (If you're answer to that last question is just to breast feed...no offense, but I don't want to hear it) Should I become vigilant about this or just live in an ignorance-is-bliss kind of state until there is more proof? What do you think?