BPA-free, but not toxic-free

Consumers are demanding BPA-free products, but the alternatives are no safer. Action Alert!

The word is out about bisphenol-A (BPA), the chemical that is commonly used in drinking containers, children’s toys, and other plastic products: it’s been linked to diabetes, asthma, cancer, obesity, and altered prostate and neurological development, among other illnesses. Unfortunately, the alternatives that industry is using are no safer, despite the “BPA-free” marketing ploys—but federal regulators continue to protect the chemical industry by refusing to ban these dangerous compounds.

The chemical industry has, in response to consumer demand (and an FDA ban of BPA in plastic baby bottles), used bisphenol-S (BPS) to replace BPA. However, reports indicate that BPS is just as toxic as BPA. Studies have found that even small amounts of BPS—as little as one part per trillion—can disrupt cellular functioning and impair brain development. Studies have also shown that BPS causes breast cancer cells to aggressively multiply. BPS has also been linked to heart arrhythmia and endocrine disruption, causing puberty at a premature age in females.

Despite this alarming data, nearly 81% of Americans have detectable levels of BPS in their urine.

We reported recently on other endocrine disrupting chemicals that many experts believe are behind the male fertility crisis our nation is facing, leading one researcher to remark that “not everyone who wants to reproduce will be able to.”

It is incumbent upon consumers to protect themselves from these exposures, but that can be difficult given the ubiquity of these chemicals. As we pointed out, they are in dental offices, checkout receipts, and many consumer goods.

This is where regulators should step in to protect Americans from harmful chemicals, but crony capitalism stands in the way. A recent six-year study looking at the effects of BPA found that, even in small amounts, the chemical can cause developmental changes in fetal brains. Yet the FDA doesn’t seem to care. Academic studies are often ignored by the FDA because academics tend not to follow the federal regulatory guidelines for toxicity testing—guidelines that haven’t been updated in over 40 years. Changing standards at federal agencies can be difficult; bureaucracies tend to be stubborn things, and federal agencies even more so, as they are meant (in theory) to be resistant to changing political winds. Experts now, however, are warning that these 40-year-old standards could be putting us in danger. While FDA guidelines look for obvious changes (exposure to a chemical resulting in a tumor), they are failing to capture the real dangers posed by chronic exposure chemicals that may not be acutely toxic, at the trace levels found in food packaging, for example, but still pose risks to human health. Industry studies are a different matter: in 2008, the FDA concluded that BPA posed no risk to human health based on two industry-funded studies, while 100 peer-reviewed studies that found evidence of harm were ignored. This deference to industry, which is all too common in our crony government, is ruining our health and cannot be allowed to stand.

Action Alert! Write to the FDA and Congress, and tell them to ban BPA and its analogue, BPS. Please send your message immediately.



What We Believe and What We Do

The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA) is committed to sustainable health, the recognition that true health requires a proactive and preventive approach that focuses on a nutrient-rich diet, proper supplementation, and limiting our exposure to toxic substances. A system that is single-mindedly focused on “treating” sick people with expensive drugs, rather than maintaining healthy people, is neither practical nor economically sustainable.

ANH-USA is part of an international organization dedicated to promoting natural and sustainable health—and, in particular, consumer freedom of choice in healthcare—through good science and good law:

  • Since our founding in 1992, we have worked to shift the conventional medical paradigm from an exclusive focus on surgery, drugs, and other conventional techniques to an integrative approach incorporating functional foods, dietary supplements, and lifestyle changes. We believe this is the way to improve health and extend lives while reducing the costs of healthcare back to a sustainable level.
  • Sustainable health also applies the environmental ethic of conservation to our bodies. It urges us to live as nature intended us to live. Diet, nutritional supplements, exercise, and the avoidance of toxins are especially important tools in building and maintaining health.
  • Sustainable health is also about financial sustainability. Ever higher healthcare costs lead directly to higher unemployment and lower standards of living, both of which lead to more illness.
  • Today, preventive medicine is too often defined as taking more and more drugs at an earlier and earlier age, even in childhood. The concept of sustainable health is real preventive medicine and will dramatically reduce healthcare costs.

To this end, ANH-USA actively engages in legal initiatives, standing against forces that would limit your access to safe and effective dietary supplements, complementary therapies, and integrative medicines. We lobby Congress and state legislatures, act as a government watchdog, file comments on proposed rulemakings, and educate the public, the media, and other decision-makers.

Our most important tools:

  • A strong grassroots member base that is ready to act on a minute’s notice. ANH-USA is fortunate to have a dynamic, fast growing member base that collectively presents a unified front and demands their collective voice be heard. Thank you, members!
  • Effective lobbying. ANH-USA monitors legislation and regulatory activity on the state, federal, and international levels daily. Staying apprised of the domestic and global pulse on integrative medicine assists greatly in developing policy to advance integrative medicine.
  • Litigation. The court system has a role in protecting integrative medicine and a consumers’ right to choose. When it is required, ANH intervenes, through legal action, to protect the rights of the public.
  • Strategic coalitions. Collaboration is the most effective means to further a cause. ANH-USA has been highly effective in building long-term relationships with outside groups, members on the Hill, medical societies, and consumers from all walks of life.
  • Timely education campaigns. The timely launch of public educational campaigns is key to increasing support and recognition of key issues while furthering our overall cause.

Working closely with the media. Media can be a friend or a foe and whichever it may be, media is imperative to quickly disseminate a message. ANH-USA works collaboratively with the media to increase coverage of important natural health-related issues.

(Source: anh-usa.org; August 8, 2018; https://tinyurl.com/ydyejo6u)
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