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Toxic Hot Seat—What You Don’t Know About Flame Retardant Chemicals Can Hurt You in More Ways Than One

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  • Flame-retardant chemicals have been linked to infertility, birth defects, neurodevelopmental delays, reduced IQ scores and behavioral problems in children, hormone disruptions, and various forms of cancer
  • Flame retardants such as PBDEs were recently identified as one of 17 “high priority” chemical groups that should be avoided to reduce your breast cancer risk
  • Meanwhile, there’s virtually no evidence to suggest that these chemicals actually work when it comes to saving your life should a fire occur
  • Tests show that not only do they not work, but they actually make injuries worse by creating more toxic smoke when “protected” items burn
  • Effective as of January 1, 2014, new flammability standards in California will make it feasible for furniture manufacturers to meet the standard without using flame retardants

By Dr. Mercola

Fear of fire is primal. No one wants to burn to death. This is undoubtedly why it's so difficult to repeal laws relating to the use of fire retardant chemicals—even though experiments show they do not work... and worse, they're actually exposing you to potent toxins.

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