BPA linked to brain damage

As if the news on BPA isn't bad enough already, new research finds this hormone-like chemical can cause damage in the most critical stage of brain development development.

In a study on nerve cells taken from mice, rats, and humans, researchers found that BPA blocked a critical chemical called KCC2.

This chemical has one job: It lowers levels of chloride.

That may not mean much to anyone who isn't a scientist, but it's a critical job because nerve cells are always generating chloride -- especially during brain development in infancy and early childhood.

And if that chloride builds up, bad things happen with brain development.

For example, it can actually stop nerve cells from reaching their proper places in the brain.

That's already bad enough. But what makes this study even more disturbing is that the protein that appears to be impeding KCC2 due to BPA exposure is the same one that may be responsible for Rett's syndrome.

That's a severe form of autism that happens only to girls -- and sure enough, the experiments found that BPA exposure had much more of an impact on female nerve cells than on those of males, according to the study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

It's too early to say whether BPA is responsible for Rett's syndrome -- but since this hormone-like chemical has been linked before to brain development and behavioral problems in children including autism and autism-like conditions, I tend to believe that where there's smoke, there's fire.

And there's an awful lot of smoke here.

Bottom line is no good could come from BPA exposure at any age, as it has been linked to obesity, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, and more even in adults -- and in children this stuff can clearly do even more damage.

Avoiding it isn't easy, as I told you recently -- but make it your mission to reduce your levels as much as you can, for yourself and your family.