globeandmail.com: The other place bisphenol A lurks: our
BPA is a hormone disruptor that can mimic estrogen, and some research has
linked it to health consequences, including early puberty in girls, breast
and prostate cancer, and *attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder*.
So besides the increasing freakiness of all the unexpected places that this
BPA stuff is showing up (Dental Fillings? really? Well at least it should
only be a problem for people who are old enough to have been bingeing on
HFCS for long enough to get cavities.) But what really caught my eye was the
It's often been noted that the US seems to have a higher rate of ADD/ADHD
than other countries, and this has variously been linked to: the mindset on
the imigrants who make up the population (restless/ADHD people are more
likely to move, thus the population has "self selected" for ADHD like
traits) ; the over medicalization of the US population mindset (ie
everything can be fixed with a drug even if it didn't used to be a problem);
among various others. But this raises the prospect that it might juts be
that Americans are more exposed to various endocrine disruptors and other
chemical products that have a relatively short history of existence and use.
We learned, from Rome, that lead pipes, while useful will eventually poison
you. I wonder what lessons the rest of the world will learn once the US
finishes poisoning it's population (I'm still holding out hope that it will
be clear enough to learn anything from in the end, though that seems
increasingly unlikely. And besides, we've never been very good at keeping
the mess in our own back yard, so there may well be no one left to learn the
PS: Brita pitchers and filters etc are made of Polystyrene, not
polycarbonate, so they are and have always been BPA free.
PPS: of course as with all of the various scary chemicals around... The ADHD
connection could be bogus: no one has done the research, which, really, is
the whole problem.