Suara.com – Oncology specialists and obstetrics and gynecology specialists said that they had never found a patient who had cancer and disorders of the fetus due to drinking bottled water. gallon reuse. Food experts even explain that all bottled water which already has a distribution permit is safe for consumption.
These assertions were revealed in a media discussion webinar entitled “Safety Using Reused Gallon Water in the Middle of Issues BPA” which brought oncology specialist Dr. Bajuadji SpB (K) Onk. MARS, obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. M. Alamsyah Azis, SpOG(K), M.Kes., KIC, and food experts from Trilogy University Hermawan Seftiono, SSi, M.Si.
Dr. Bajuadji explained that cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and the spread of abnormal cells that can cause death. Cancer is divided into two, namely solid (solid) such as breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, bone, prostate, and non-solid such as blood cancer (leukemia).
It was said that the etiology of cancer was both internal and external. According to him, this internal factor is the most dominant, where 85% of cancer malignancies are genetically inherited, resulting in failure of repair of DNA cells to genes that will become permanent abnormal genes. These will become cancer cells.
Medium from external or environmental factors can be caused by chemicals, radiation, ultraviolet light or carcinogenic substances such as dyes, or formaldehyde in foods that trigger malignancy.
“So, the main cause of cancer is genetic factors. The two environmental factors are smoking habits, drinking alcohol, exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun, ionizing radiation. Then the food factor that contains chemicals that are carcinogens such as dyes and formalin. There is also a virus and the use of hormones, resulting in a hormonal imbalance,” said Dr. Bajuadji, written on Wednesday (17/11/2021).
What is clear, he said, is that no one has ever had cancer because of drinking bottled water for reuse.
“Honestly, I myself have never had a patient who came because of a history of using refilled gallon water which then resulted in abnormalities in his body or abnormalities in other organs. There has never been a case of malignancy (cancer) or digestive disorders in adults who came for treatment at the hospital where I practice because they consumed gallons of water,” he said.
Doctor Alamsyah also conveyed the same thing. According to him, there has not been a pregnant woman whose health has been disturbed by her fetus just because she consumes gallons of water for reuse. He said that the main factor that affects the health of the fetus is nutritional intake.
“So, a mother-to-be must have good nutrition to prepare for her pregnancy. Macronutrients and micronutrients during pregnancy will greatly affect the supply of nutritional needs for fetal growth. This means, what is eaten by the mother will greatly affect the development of the fetus itself, “he said.
As for the risk factors that can endanger the mother during pregnancy, according to Alamsyah’s doctor, are smoking habits, drinking alcohol, diseases that the mother has, especially heart disease, diabetes, and trauma.
“So, I have never found that any of my patients have any complaints because they consume gallon water for reuse,” he said.
Regarding the safety of reusable gallons of water, as stated by food expert Hermawan, there is no need to worry anymore. According to him, based on research that has been done, it is proven that there is no migration of Bisphenol A (BPA) contained in Polycarbonate (PC) bottles which are placed at room temperature of 23 degrees Celsius for 24 hours. Meanwhile, if the bottle is exposed to the sun, the temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius for 7 hours, there is only a migration of 0.0257 ppm.
Meanwhile, if filled with hot water at 100 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes, the migration exposure reaches 0.0495 ppm. 5 ml of PC bottled water samples were taken and then the absorbance was measured at a wavelength of 275 nm for 3 measurements. This is far below the maximum migration limit that has been set by BPOM, which is 0.6 bpd.
Based on tests conducted by the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM), Hermawan also said that this reused gallon water had been declared safe for consumption because the BPA migration was only 0.033 bpj or far below the maximum migration limit set by BPOM of 0, 6 bpj.
In addition, according to Hermawan, if you already have a distribution permit, it means that the reused gallon water product must already have SNI (Indonesian National Standard). That is, it has passed the testing rules based on those in an accredited laboratory.
“So, actually by using gallon water that meets SNI standards, the product is safe for consumption,” he said.