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Bastard CommieChinks Destroyed My Ability To EJACULATE! And Cialis Won't Counteract BPA!

Von: James Fenimore (slipuvalad@yahoo.com) [Profil]
Datum: 11.11.2009 19:41
Message-ID: <442ea2db-60f7-4da3-9ddb-d9d6ad78aa7f@d5g2000yqm.googlegroups.com>
Newsgroup: alt.food alt.politics.bush alt.healthsoc.culture.indian soc.culture.china
Just call me "Ol' Dead Dick" ...

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"High BPA levels linked to male sexual problems

"Study in China is likely to bring further scrutiny of the common
chemical"

By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Exposure to high levels of a controversial chemical found in thousands
of everyday plastic products appears to cause erectile dysfunction and
other sexual problems in men, according to a new study published
Wednesday.

The study, funded by the federal government and published in the
journal Human Reproduction, is the first to examine the impact of
bisphenol A, or BPA, on the reproductive systems of human males.
Previous studies have involved mice or rats.

The research comes as government agencies debate the safety of BPA, a
compound that is found in thousands of consumer products ranging from
dental sealants to canned food linings and that is so ubiquitous it
has been detected in the urine of 93 percent of the U.S. population.

Researchers focused on 634 male workers at four factories in China who
were exposed to elevated levels of BPA. They followed the men over
five years and compared their sexual health with that of male workers
in other Chinese factories where BPA was not present.

The men handling BPA were four times as likely to suffer from erectile
dysfunction and seven times as likely to have difficulty with
ejaculation, said De-Kun Li, a scientist at the Kaiser Foundation
Research Institute, which conducted the study with funds from the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

BPA, which was developed in the 1930s as a synthetic version of
estrogen, appears to throw off the hormonal balance in the human body,
Li said.

The workers studied did not have to spend years in the factory to
develop problems -- sexual dysfunction began in new workers after just
months on the job, Li said.

The workers had levels of exposure to BPA that were 50 times what an
average U.S. man faces. But the findings raise questions about whether
exposure at lesser levels can affect sexual function, Li said. "This
was a highly exposed group, and we see the effect," he said. "Now, we
have to worry about lower-level exposure."

Li said the study is significant because chemical manufacturers and
other defenders of BPA have long complained that research raising
questions about its health effects was conducted on laboratory
animals.

"Critics dismissed all the animal studies, saying, 'Show us the human
studies,' " Li said. "Now we have a human study, and this can't just
be dismissed."

Since BPA is most readily absorbed through food and drink containers,
health advocates have been particularly focused on how the Food and
Drug Administration is regulating the chemical. The agency has
maintained that BPA is safe. But a growing body of research over the
past decade has linked BPA to a range of health effects in laboratory
animals, including infertility, weight gain, behavioral changes, early-
onset puberty, cancer and diabetes.

Steven G. Hentges of the American Chemistry Council, which represents
the chemical industry, said the new study has little meaning for
consumers. "Although this study presents interesting information, it
has little relevance to average consumers who are exposed to trace
levels of BPA," he said.

Still, concern about the chemical among consumers has created pressure
in the marketplace. Manufacturers have pledged to take BPA out of baby
bottles and water bottles. A handful of jurisdictions around the
country have banned BPA from baby products, and similar measures are
pending in state legislatures.

Last year, the FDA's scientific advisory board criticized the agency
for ignoring more than 100 academic and government studies that linked
BPA with health effects. The Obama administration has pledged a "fresh
look" at the issue, and the FDA is expected to complete that review by
the end of this month.

Meanwhile, the federal government announced last month that it is
giving $30 million to researchers across the country over the next two
years in an aggressive push to advance knowledge about BPA and end the
debate about its safety.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/10/AR2009111017411.html

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