(NaturalHealth365) A research team from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD), University of Exeter, and University of Cambridge has for the first time established a link between high levels of urinary bisphenol-A (BPA) and severe coronary artery stenosis (narrowing of the arteries). The study was published in PloS ONE.
Does your cardiologist read the literature?
The study was based on research using 591 patients who participated in the Metabonomics and Genomics Coronary Artery Disease study in Cambridgeshire, UK. They compared urinary BPA with grades of severity of coronary artery disease (CAD).
The patients were classified into severe, intermediate or normal CAD categories based on narrowing of their coronary arteries measured using a technique called angiography, which is considered the gold standard method of diagnosis. They identified 385 patients as having severe CAD, 85 with intermediate CAD and 120 with normal coronary arteries. Share this video warning with family and friends:
The study showed that BPA concentrations were significantly higher in those with severe CAD compared to those with normal coronary arteries.
The evidence is clear – avoid ALL plastic containers with BPA
Researcher David Melzer, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology and public health at England’s University of Exeter said nearly everyone has detectable levels of BPA and now his new study shows an association between urinary BPA levels and the width of the coronary arteries, which is responsible for supplying blood to the heart.
Melzer says, “The people who had narrowed arteries had higher levels of BPA in their urine,” and added “ we need to take it seriously that BPA may be adding to other classical risk factors for heart disease such as high lipids, high blood pressure and smoking.”
When will (conventional) medicine listen to good science?
In a previous study, Melzer found that urinary levels of BPA helped predict who would be diagnosed with heart disease. To be precise – this is the fourth study led by the University of Exeter to identify a statistic link between levels of urinary BPA and cardiovascular disease.
Other studies related to BPA carried out by the same research team have found associations with altered testosterone and changes in the expression of BPA target genes in men, suggesting that BPA is more active in the body than previously thought.
Scientist from environmental groups said this study’s result add to the growing evidence of a link between BPA and heart disease.
Consumer warning – think before you buy
BPA is used in polycarbonate plastic products, which include refillable drink containers, compact disks, plastic eating utensils and many other products such as can liners, trash bags, dental sealants, cash register receipts, pizza cartons, and toys. It is one of the world’s highest produced chemicals; about 3,175 tons are produced annually, according to petrochemical consulting firm Chemical Market Association. In 2002, only 2.8 tons were produced globally – so the numbers are rising!
In 2010, the Canadian authorities considered BPA to be toxic and banned it, as did the European Union. This is not so in America, the FDA has not been persuaded by the evidence so far, so no ban is likely except for the limited use in baby bottles.
Government health agencies have lost their way
The Natural Resources Defense Council has sought to get BPA out of plastics and Dr. Sarah Jansen, the senior scientist for public health there stated that the FDA is out-of-step with scientific and medical research and this shows the need for a major overhaul of how the government protects us.
Consumables are made for a target market, which means every shopper. The packaging and the containers we use today will lead to more coronary artery disease. It’s up to us – the buying public – to demand safer products.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.