PCOS Review Newsletter #92

Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls

Did you know that chemicals in the environment can hurt your health and contribute to dysfunction of your glands and organs?

One of those chemicals is bisphenol A (BPA). In an earlier newsletter, we shared that animal or human studies of BPA suggest that it might contribute insulin resistance, miscarriage, breast cancer, polycystic ovaries, fibroids, or obesity. Please read this previous newsletter.

Almost no one is talking to PCOS women about minimizing exposure to chemicals in our environment. It seems that most doctors act as if it doesn't even exist.

However, we believe that reducing your exposure is part of any successful long term management program for polycystic ovary syndrome -- and doing so will benefit your future daughter.

A new report has come to our attention. This study included 249 pregnant women whose urine samples were collected when they were 16 and 26 weeks pregnant, and within 24 hours of birth. 99% of the women had at least one urine sample with detectable levels of BPA.

The children's behavior was reported by the parents when the children were 2 years old. Girls whose mothers had encountered the most BPA early in pregnancy tended to become somewhat more aggressive than normal, and boys became more anxious and withdrawn.

This is the first study to link human behavior with BPA. Animal studies have earlier indicated behavior changes in BPA-exposed animals.

All the research data suggests that it's time that we all take chemical pollution more seriously.

Even though it's invisible, you can start by reducing your exposure to BPA. It is used in a multitude of hard plastic products such as water bottles, food containers, infant bottles and medical equipment and supplies. BPA may also be found in the lining of canned foods and in many other non-obvious products such as thermal-printed cash register receipts and some dental sealants.

We suggest that you reduce the use of canned foods and eat more fresh food instead. Try to use glass containers instead of plastic. Don't use plastic bottles to feed your baby; use glass instead.

If you're trying to conceive, or are pregnant, it's especially important to reduce your exposure to BPA and the other chemical "hormone disrupters" in the environment.

Environmental Health Perspectives journal (Oct 6, 2009 online issue).

Thought for Today: "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." -- Winston Churchill

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