An article in The New Yorker by Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Jerome Groopman quotes ACSH's Dr. Elizabeth Whelan extensively. In the article, titled "Plastic Panic: How worried should we be about everyday chemicals? Dr. Groopman examines the charges against BPA and phthalates and concludes the evidence of their health consequences is "far from conclusive."
Dr. Whelan s comments included:
This is among the most balanced of articles I have seen on the subject of BPA and other chemicals, but it could still have been more balanced, says ACSH s Jeff Stier.
ACSH staffers were also pleased that Groopman helped to explain what Dr. Whelan says is a misguided focus on manufactured chemicals by mentioning ACSH s Holiday Dinner Menu, which makes the point that no human diet can ever be free of natural "carcinogens," defined as chemicals that cause cancer in rodents in extremely high doses.