Health Dangers of Flame Retardants
Posted in Kid Stuff » For Mom & Dad on Sunday, January 13, 2013

Health Dangers of Flame Retardants


Story at-a-glance

  • In the largest study to date of its kind, researchers found in utero and childhood exposures to flame-retardant chemicals (polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs) were associated with neurodevelopmental delays in school-age children
  • As many as 97 percent of all Americans have significant levels of PBDEs in their blood, which makes in utero exposure highly likely; up to 80 percent of children’s products, including 60 percent of car seats, also contain PBDEs and other chemicals.
  • PBDEs have also been linked to decreased fertility, thyroid problems and liver toxicity.
  • Your mattress is likely to be one of your most significant exposures to PBDEs, as all U.S. mattresses are required to be highly flame retardant; look for a chemical-free, organic or 100% wool mattress for yourself and your child instead.
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/27/flame-retardant-chemicals.aspx

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