There are some major feelings of vindication when you have been beating a tambourine message out to the public for what seems like years, and then a big dog comes along and says, “You know, you’re right.”
Several years ago I wrote an article for a corporate environmental company’s newsletter about recycling, which numbers to look for and equally as important, which ones to avoid. That same article was picked up by a local newspaper and was even posted on this site. Now, lo and behold, the FDA has now said the exact same thing!
For the last 5-7 years, there has been an almost exponential rise in the number of children with ADD and ADHD. Initially, I said these children needed more discipline at home, a comment I still stand by; we are far too quick to plop kids down in front of the boob-tube, however I also believe that there is a coping mechanism that deals with appropriate emotional responses that is missing or damaged in these children.
In 2010, the FDA back pedaled on its stand regarding BPA saying that “on the basis of results from recent studies using novel approaches to test for subtle effects, both the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health and FDA have some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.”
Here is where you as a parent need to connect the dots. Because our kid’s diet today is so poor and loaded with high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, etc, we as parents want their teeth to be healthy, so we take them to the dentist where a sealant is applied at the encouragement of the dentist to prevent cavities. Biphenyl A or BPA is a manmade chemical (made up of who knows what, it’s protected by a patent); it is very widely used in plastics and as a lining in cans (think canned vegetables) and as a dental sealant on young children’s teeth to protect them against the acids and sugars in fruit juices and candy. Go back to the child mentioned above that’s plopped down in front of the TV with a bottle of juice.
A young researcher (at the time), Nicolas Olea, conducted a study in 1997 of 18 young dental patients. They tested their saliva before the sealant was applied (no BPA present) and after (voila, BPA was present). Today, the study referenced across the web was conducted by the Journal of Pediatrics and shows that pregnant women showing concentrated BPA in their blood have children (daughters) with high rates of ADD and ADHD. The researchers can’t explain why boys seem to be unaffected, but I would hazard an uneducated guess that a female’s body stores that chemical in reproductive organs more readily than a males. It has been linked back and forth, to varying degrees with estrogen and testosterone.
One thing is absolutely clear, when all the various special interest groups continue to say, “more testing is necessary,” “Our studies show something different,” the one thing you can count on is just keep it simple. Avoid plastic of any kind that has the number 3 or 7, period. When in doubt use glass. There has to be some connection in the fact that most people ages 40-60, that when given bottles as babies those bottles were glass AND few things were made of plastic AND most of those same 40-60 year olds were raised without microwaves in the house, AND they have lower rates of ADD and ADHD. Now suddenly we have a generation where all those are now PRESENT and they exhibit problems. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist.