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Update on the WHO panel that looked at BPA toxicity – BPA does not accumulate in the body and no public health measures are appropriate at this time.

The Montreal Gazette reported that the executive director of Environmental Defence non-profit environmental organization stated “We already knew that BPA passes through the body but the fact that studies still show it present in nine out of 10 people means that it is getting in just as fast, and doing damage while it is there.”

As stated, this statement is false because the fact that it is present does not mean that it is doing damage while it is there.  It would have been better to have ended the statement without that last phrase. I think we have become so accustomed to hearing this type of statement that we often don’t question the scientific validity. If the speaker believes there is evidence to support that statement, he should give it – not tack it onto the end of another statement implying that the first part makes the second part true. 

http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Canada+curbs+premature+panel/3809649/story.html

Read more: http://www.canada.com/health/Canada+curbs+premature+says+panel/3809649/story.html#ixzz15A9n6wD8

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  1. Ajay Das
    Let me state first that I am not much aware of this issue.
    Having said that, please do provide links from WHO which gives study results and details of this panel (who was there and what are their credentials).
    Absent that, two URLs of two news sites (with almost identical content, and its own commentary) doesn’t mean much. If one is so inclined, he/she can find similar ‘facts’ on the other side of the argument.
    ‘Enough research tends to support any theory’ coupled with ‘corporations often have enough money and interest to sponsor such “research”‘ it is useful to be a skeptic of any study results that helps corporations and have a look at
    – Who paid for the study
    – Who did the study (what are their credentials)
    – What was the method used..
    And present all that info so audience can take in the full picture.

    All  I could find on WHO site was some content about a stakeholder meeting (I don’t know how that suffices for a scientific study) inviting anyone on their own dime to contribute to the discussion.

    Such blogs, short on content and seemingly pushing an agenda are a disservice to the community. My opinion only.

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    1. Mary Kilgo Post author
      Ajay,

      I appreciate your comments. I think you and I are on the same page as far as any “agenda”. We are both saying “show me the data”.

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