Dangers of plastic additives

May 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
When it comes to family safety, a major concern these days is the potential danger posed by plastic in our homes. Dr. Yan Chin, chief of pediatrics at San Francisco On Call Medical Group, shares his medical perspective.

A chemical in plastic known as Bisphenol-A, or BPA, is found in all kinds of common products, mostly polycarbonate plastics. Nearly all plastic baby bottles in the U.S. are made of this kind. So are many common food containers, water storage bottles, aluminum can linings, and even some kinds of dental sealants.

One of the dangers of BPA in plastic is that it can mimic endocrine hormones in the body. It can cause premature things to happen, like cancer.

When drinking bottled water, look for number inside a small triangle at the bottom of the bottle. Avoid bottles where BPA is numbered with a 7 or a 3. (1, 2, 4 and 5 are fine)

For more information on the dangers of BPA in plastic, read and watch Carolyn Johnson's report on ABC7NEWS.COM

To receive updates from Dr. Chin regarding Bisphenol-A, please send an email to info@sfoncall.com and include "Bisphenol" in the subject line.

To learn more about Dr. Chin and San Francisco On Call Medical Group, visit www.sfoncall.com

Yan Chin, MD, FAAP
Chief of Pediatrics, On Call Medical Group Inc.
490 Post Street, Ste 710
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 732-7029
www.sfoncall.com (The medical house call specialists, available 24/7)