” For most public-health advocates, chemicals like BPA should be guilty until proved innocent — and they feel there’s more than enough data out there to cast doubt on BPA’s innocence. That’s led to frustration with the slow pace of the FDA, which only two years ago expressed some concern over the health risks posed by BPA. It makes me uncomfortable to think that while the research and regulatory process drags on (for how many more years) consumers are continuing to be exposed, wrote NRDC senior scientist Gina Solomon after the FDA ruling. Let’s hope the FDA remembers their responsibility to public health and takes action soon. ”
More transparency on doctors’ lucrative industry ties?
” This month American regulators released rules to implement a so-called Sunshine law designed to improve transparency. France passed a similar law in 2011. Firms in Britain are planning voluntary disclosures. By 2015 more than 70% of drug sales will be in countries with such measures, according to Deloitte, a consultancy. ”
Read New efforts to reveal the ties between doctors and drug firms : Let the sunshine in, Mar 2nd 2013.
Manufacturers Replace BPA with Still Highly Toxic BPS
” … BPS is actually not only within the same range of toxicity of BPA, but is slower to degrade, and therefore will be more likely to remain a persistent toxin and environmental pollutant. It has already been found to be present in the urine of 81% of those tested from the United States and seven Asian countries… … new concern is being raised by a study published this month in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives showing that BPS has estrogenic activity comparable to estradiol, the most potent and therefore concerning human estrogen… ”
” … Should the drug DES be recognized as a major cause of transgender and should the public be educated with regard to this, then perhaps over time there may be a change towards those who are transgendered. I am sure that we, as transgendered, would still be open to a lot of prejudice but perhaps not to the extent that we are because we are thought of ‘as just men who want to wear women’s clothes’. Perhaps the slant will over time change to ‘those women who were born into the wrong body’… ”
” A recent survey … reveals that doctors aren’t big fans of full transparency… 65 percent, supported “limited access,” … 4 percent believe there should be no access granted to patients… despite the fact that we have rights to review and amend our records, doctors don’t want it to be easy for us to do so via electronic means… ”
” Bisphenol-A, or BPA, just can’t stay out of the headlines these days… … This chemical with documented estrogenic properties is manufactured at global volume of six billion pounds a year. It’s introduced into the food and water supply of the planet, and is found in the bodies of almost everyone. Exposure to this chemical is linked to asthma and other health problems. Though this is a complex issue of public health, science, and policy, Molly Rauch asks: What’s wrong with the system? Why don’t our regulations prioritize the prevention of chronic health problems due to massive exposures to questionable chemicals? ”