The reporter, LePage Spokesman Demeritt, the BPA and the White Rabbit Syndrome
The article titled, “ LePage’s opposition to chemicals law draws criticism“ was published on line, February 4th, 2011 by the Bangor Daily News and is written by Kevin Miller. In my opinion, especially considering the rather “emotional” climate surrounding the facts.
His article is unnecessarily shoddy in its reporting and inexcusably inaccurate in an area that remains crucial for many, especially those who depend on agencies like the FDA, (Food and Drug Administration) when deciding whether certain chemicals are dangerous or not, which the reporter inaccurately reports. At least, to my satisfaction. It bugs me.
In the article, LePages spokesman states: “the administration said the BPA rule is one example of Maine regulators needlessly adopting stricter standards than those imposed by other states or the federal government.”
While the reporter eventually mentions six states in the United States have backed legislation for banning BPA, he fails to report that on January 19, 2011, 30 states in the United States voted to legislate banning BPA.
The FDA: The worst mistake he made considering so many depend on the FDA, is inaccuratly reporting this: ” And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies have not recommended banning or restricting the chemical.”
As of January 20th, 2011 the FDA reversed its stance on BPA stating; “ However, on the basis of results from recent studies using novel approaches to test for subtle effects, both the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health and FDA have some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children. In cooperation with the National Toxicology Program, FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research is carrying out in-depth studies to answer key questions and clarify uncertainties about the risks of BPA. “ (please note: you may go to the FDA’s site and find all the information under BPA)
The reporter also writes the following: “ While many manufacturers have begun voluntarily replacing BPA with other chemicals, the chemical industry points to other studies that deemed the compound safe.”
Huh? The chemical industry? What is wrong with you? The chemical industry deems it safe? You’re kidding right?
It should be noted here, the following corporations have eleminated BPA in many of their products and on their own: Playtex, Evenflo, Gerber, Advent and Disney First Years.
It should also be noted, there are literally hundreds of unbiased science based studies showing the contrary to the chemical industry, from, the ultimate in studies, The President’s Cancer Panel. (Please see below.) to the according to science a new University of Cincinnati study showing BPA may inhibit chemo- therapy treatment in breast cancer patients.
The reporter neglects to report the presidents “Call to action” regarding BPA. The President’s Cancer panel , the ultimate authority in a landmark report of over 200 pages acknowledges the chemical as concern claiming weak laws are to blame stating “lax enforcement and fragmented authority, as well as the existing regulatory presumption that chemicals are safe unless strong evidence emerges to the contrary.” Asking all states to take responsibility, to begin enacting legislation that will safeguard their citizens by enacting state law. How is it that our Maine governor is so removed he is unaware of the panels findings and the presidents request to state legislators?
The panel finds: Tests of umbilical cord blood found traces of nearly 300 pollutants in newborns’ bodies, such as chemicals used in fast-food packaging, flame retardants present in household dust, and pesticides.
The reporter might have mentioned: “Only a few hundred of the more than 80,000 chemicals in use in the United States have been tested for safety. The Panel states: “Many known or suspected carcinogens are completely unregulated.” (well, had he bothered to check anything.)
‘The Panel was particularly concerned to find that the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated. With nearly 80,000 chemicals on the market in the United States, many of which are used by millions of Americans in their daily lives and are un- or understudied and largely unregulated, exposure to potential environmental carcinogens is widespread. One such ubiquitous chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), is still found in many consumer products and remains unregulated in the United States, despite the growing link between BPA and several diseases, including various cancers’. Source The President’s Cancer Panel. While the reporter failed to report the important news that might have been benificial to those who depend on accuracy, he certainly didn’t neglect to get the LePage politics and inappropriate comments of the spokesman Demeritt in the story…
What’s truly sad about this entire thing; the spokesman Demeritt, claims they have NO evidence that anyone is NOT doing business in the state of Maine because of the chemical bans. Now, why on earth would they even think of repealing something for no reason at all…..as I stated in LePage, Demeritt, the Antagonist and the Reckoning… they seemingly have some sort of deep seated issue with Maine and the very people they are put in place to protect.
I just think the reporter fell down the rabbit hole on this one….’One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small, and the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all, go ask Alice………….
Please stay informed everyone…The internet is a fund of knowledge and all agencies are easily accessible. Please don’t become dependent and trusting of one source. Not even this one… ;)
You might wish to read: Bisphenol A (BPA),Maine’s Children Highest Cancer Rate in United States, LePages Repea
While you may question whether BPA does in fact cause cancer it is seemingly beyond comprehension, that any government, much less our own governor would consider taking the right to survive away from a child or, any human being, risking their lives against what science is telling us, by allowing a chemical which may inhibit their care, their wellness, in fact, their very chances for survival and life for the treatment of cancer. I find it inconceivable and unforgivable. It is a risk that should never be considered for any reason, by anyone. Please take a minute to view the cancer rates of Maine children and to read more articles and studies pertaining to the BPA subject here: Bisphenol A (BPA),Maine’s Children Highest Cancer Rate in United States, LePages Repeal