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Chemical used in Plastic bottles may be harming your children - US government health agency

If you or your children are drinking bottled water from a plastic bottle, feeding from a plastic baby bottle or infant formula from a can you might want to stop this ASAP.

This Tuesday a US government draft report warned that a bisphenol alos known as BPA, a chemical used in some "plastic food and drink packaging, including baby bottles may be tied to early puberty and prostate and breast cancer".

The draft findings come from the National Toxicology program which is part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

In Canada there are reports that the Canadian Health minister is about to declare BPA a dangerous substance. This would make it the first regulatory body in the world to make this determination.

As you might expect there are divergent opinions of the draft results between the chemical manufactures and environmental activists who have long warned about the potential harmful health effects the chemical.

According to Reuters,

"The American Chemistry Council industry group said the conclusions confirmed that human exposure to bisphenol A is extremely low and noted no direct evidence that exposure adversely affects reproduction or development in human"

And from the environmentalists,

"NTP's decision corrects the scientific record. It reflects a significant body of science showing that BPA may play a larger role than previously thought in a host of common health problems," Anila Jacob of the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.
You can read the full Reuters report on the story here

Alan McCrindle
Director, The Yoga Place

Your prenatal yoga classes are benefiting you baby's heart as well as you new research suggests

Here is some good news if you practising prenatal yoga a couple of times a week - new research presented at the 121st annual meeting of the American Physiological Society on Monday 7th April 2008 reports that "When the mom exercises during pregnancy, the unborn baby gets the same type of training effect that you would see in an adult - so you see the lower heart rate and also improved heart rate variability, which is evidence of improvements in the nervous system of the heart."

Dr. Linda E. May, from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, and her colleagues tested the hypothesis that foetuses exposed to exercise in the womb have better autonomic function compared with that of foetuses not exposed to exercise.
How often and for how long and at what intensity do you need to exercise to see these benefits? Probably more than once a week.
In the pilot study the researchers compared a group of 5 women who performed moderate intensity aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3 times per week, with another group of 5 who had no regular exercise regime. They measured the foetal heart rate and heart rate variability between 28 to 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Foetuses exposed to maternal exercise had significantly lower heart rates than foetuses not exposed to exercise. At each stage of pregnancy, the differences between the average foetal heart rates of the two groups were statistically significant. Foetal heart rate variability was also significantly higher in the exercise group than in the non-exercise group.
"Maternal exercise may be the earliest intervention to improve the heart of children and possibly the best," said Dr May.