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Looking Into BPA & Autism


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How can BPA be linked to autism? Check out this reference guide to learn about a new study that have connects the dots.

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Looking Into BPA & Autism

  1. 1. A new study linking BPA and autism has raised interesting evidence between the affects BPA has on the body, specifically those with autism. Check out this reference guide to learn more!
  2. 2. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical compound that was created in the late 1950s to harden plastics and since the 1960s, it has been used in a variety of every day plastic products like beverage bottles and food containers.
  3. 3. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study in the late 80s, and then again in the 90s, which found more than 90% of the US population had BPA within their bodies. But why does that matter?
  4. 4. The Food and Drug Administration used to state that BPA was not harmful to the human body but they altered their view in 2010 saying it was safe up to certain levels and significant exposure can draw 'concern'. This was after tests were published that documented problems in animals exposed to BPA that resulted in brain function issues and other internal harms.
  5. 5. A New Jersey researcher discovered that BPA is a compound that can cause issues because certain studies have already addressed BPA as an endocrine disruptor and can reduce the functionality of certain steroids that regulate metabolism.
  6. 6. Dr. T. Peter Stein examined how BPA was processed in 46 children with autism and 52 children without. He found that the children with autism had a harder time metabolizing the BPA.
  7. 7. Dr. Stein concluded, based on strong evidence, that the BPA interferes with amino acids at which these amino acids serves as the starting point for neurotransmitters. Understanding that autism is a neurological disorder, this link could be the segue to further researcher between the two.
  8. 8. Like mentioned previously, the FDA is well aware that BPA can negatively impact brain functions on animals and Dr. Stein mentioned that rodent data has confirmed BPA functioning as an endocrine disruptor. This study is the first time it has been confirmed within humans and to be associated with Autism.
  9. 9.  This study between BPA and autism brings researchers and autism supporters closer to a cause, treatment and cure. With continued autism support from advocates like David Geier and researchers, society has a chance to lessen the prevalence of this condition.