What are the harmful effects of phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA)?

Many doctors and scientists are concerned about phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) because they can act in ways similar to hormones naturally found in our body. Hormones help control how our body works.

In studies using rats, phthalates cause problems with male reproductive organs. In children, scientists have found an association between phthalates and changes in reproductive hormones and increased allergies, runny nose, and eczema. In adults, phthalates are associated with changes in sperm quality.

BPA may cause changes in cells in breasts, the uterus, and the prostate, which may increase risk of cancers. In addition, BPA has been associated with increases in developmental disorders of the brain and nervous system in animals. These developmental disorders in animals are like problems such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in humans.

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