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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Bisphenol F – From Mother Nature To You

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Conventional wisdom tells us that substances naturally present in our diet must be safe, if not actually beneficial to our health. From vitamins to minerals, and protein to carbohydrates, a healthy diet includes a wide range of nutrients that we cannot live without.
 
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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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More Fake News on BPA – Should You Care?

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Thursday, September 13, 2018

The title of a recent press release on a new study sounds ominously important: “BPA replacements in plastics cause reproductive problems in lab mice.” Reading further, the press release refers to “the array of alternative bisphenols now used to replace BPA,” and the new study states that “[r]eplacement bisphenols have rapidly emerged in consumer products.”

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