10 Tips to Combat Coronavirus 10 Tips to Combat Coronavirus

ADVERTISEMENT

Why Your Couch Is Killing You

Flame Retardants in Couch Cushions

Story at-a-glance -

  • Flame-retardant chemicals are ubiquitous in most couch cushions (and mattresses), and can easily migrate from the foam and into household dust
  • Children often pick up dust on their hands and transfer it into their mouths
  • Researchers detected a flame-retardant chemical called TDCIPP in 100 percent of study participants
  • The study found the average concentration of flame retardants in children was close to five times that of their moms
  • Children who wash their hands at least five times a day have 30 percent to 50 percent lower levels of flame retardants on their hands than children who wash their hands less frequently
  • Sitting on your couch for extended periods of time is also linked to health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and premature death, especially if you don’t interrupt your sitting with intermittent movement

By Dr. Mercola

A flame-retardant chemical known as chlorinated tris (TDCIPP) was removed from children's pajamas in the 1970s amid concerns that it may cause cancer, but now it's a ubiquitous addition to couch cushions across the US.


Read the Full Article for Free!
Subscribe to the #1 Natural Health Newsletter
  • Unlock censored health information that Google doesn't want you to read
  • Keep your privacy secure — We are no longer active on Facebook and are blocking our content from Google search to ensure your privacy stays protected
  • Get access to all of Dr. Mercola's health articles, E-books and special reports

Existing Subscribers: Enter your email address for instant access