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Link Between Flame Retardants and Neurodevelopmental Delays in Children

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  • 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 easily leach from consumer products and are released into the environment during manufacturing, where they persist and accumulate in your body.
  • 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 toxin-free, organic or 100% wool mattress for yourself and your child instead.

By Dr. Mercola

The U.S. implemented fire safety standards in the 1970s that over time have led to more and more products adopting the use of toxic flame-retardant chemicals (polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs) to meet the stringent regulations.


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