Listening to the Science Like FDA Does

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

As its name implies, one of the responsibilities of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is “ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply.”  Within FDA’s purview for this important responsibility are ingredients that are intentionally added to foods (e.g., the ingredients shown on packaged food labels) as well as materials such as packaging that contact food. 
 

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The Proof Is In the Pudding – BPA Is Safe!

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

It’s been a long time coming but the results are in and available for the world to see. The CLARITY Core study on BPA has now been published in peer reviewed scientific literature. This marks the completion of a multi-year study that was conducted by senior scientists with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
 
That may not sound like a big deal. After all, scientific studies are published every day with no fanfare received (or deserved). But this one is different and worth every bit of your attention.
 

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The Media Fell For It Again

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Friday, August 2, 2019

According to the headline on a recent press release, exposure to common chemicals in plastics is linked to childhood obesity. The headline further states that a new study “finds replacement chemicals for BPA aren’t safe for consumers.” Not surprisingly, journalists uncritically took the bait and reported the story just as written in the press release.
 

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Attention Chemophobes – Get Your Science On!

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Che-mo-pho-bia: abnormal or excessive fear of chemicals (Merriam-Webster)
 
The term chemophobia has been defined by some as an irrational fear of chemicals. On the other hand, chemophobia might also be considered as a perfectly rational response to media stories related to chemicals. It’s easy to find scary stories about the hazards of chemicals, but it’s uncommon to find stories that inform the public about how chemicals help to make our lives better and safer.
 

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Slovenia Joins 30+ Countries Listening to the Science on BPA

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Thursday, July 18, 2019
It’s generally accepted in the scientific community that the best way to measure human exposure to bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA, is through an analytical method called biomonitoring. In particular, measuring the amount of BPA in urine is a widely accepted scientific practice for measuring exposure because BPA is rapidly and completely eliminated from the body in urine. What enters the body (i.e., intake) is readily measured by what comes out in urine.
 
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Still Monotonic After All These Years

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
For just about everything we ingest in our daily lives, from aspirin to alcoholic beverages, small doses may be just fine for us. But too much of a good thing may be harmful. That common sense principle was first described by a Swiss physician named Paracelsus in the 16th century and is commonly stated today as “the dose makes the poison.”
 
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Listening to the Science in Taiwan

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Monday, May 6, 2019
The safety of any substance is dependent on the amount to which we are exposed.  Just about any substance could be harmful at high exposure levels, including things we commonly accept as safe.  For example, your doctor may tell you to “take two aspirin and call me in the morning” if you’re feeling under the weather, but a whole bottle of aspirin could act as a poison and kill you.
 
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The Results Of This New Study Might Jar You…

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Scientists know that an essential component of our perception of flavor is the aroma released from the foods that we eat.  Although you may never have taken a chemistry class, you might know that those aromas consist of a long list of volatile compounds that is reminiscent of an organic chemistry textbook…including aldehydes, alcohols, esters, ketones, quinones, terpenes, thiols, sulfides and amines.

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Holiday Gifts That Keep On Giving

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Although you may not know it, there’s a good chance you’ll be getting some BPA in your holiday gifts this year.  That’s a good thing because BPA helps your gifts keep on giving long after the holidays are over.
 
If you’re a skier or snowboarder, someone who cares about your safety might give you a polycarbonate helmet to protect your head if you fall.  Polycarbonate is lightweight and highly shatter-resistant, making it an ideal material for safety helmets of all types.
 
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