BPA found in most people in the US

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Mother Jones magazine reports in June about a study that examined the urine of Old Order Mennonite women for the presence of Bisplenol A and compared it to the general population in the US. The article states, “Researchers hypothesized that because Old Order Mennonites—who, similar to the Amish, eschew modern technology—eat more fresh, home-grown foods, don't use pesticides, and keep personal-care-product and automobile use to a minimum, their levels of industrial chemical exposure would be lower. They were right: Results showed that the median BPA level in the women's urine was nearly four times lower than the national number.”

The article also states, “Four years ago, researchers discovered that BPA, which is used in plastic manufacturing, was present in nearly 93 percent of the US population's urine.”

The National Network on Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH) has been closely studying the effects of plastics, including BPA, on the health of women who work with plastics. According to NNEWH, “Human BPA studies identify adverse effects in women with a high BPA body burden such as recurrent miscarriages, ovarian cysts, obesity, and endometriosis. Concern over BPA’s endocrine disrupting qualities led the Canadian government to restrict its use in the manufacture of baby bottles. However, it continues to be allowed in many other products.”

Read What Can We Learn From Mennonites' Pee Samples? (Mother Jones)

Read Chemical exposure and plastics production: Issues for women's health | A Review of literature (NNEWH)