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Americans Have More Toxic Flame Retardants in Their Bodies Than Previously Thought... Free Test Can Determine if You’re Sitting on Toxic Furniture

Toxic Flame-Retardant Chemicals

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  • Tests show presence of six different types of flame retardant chemicals in Americans, including PBDEs, chlorinated tris, and tris phosphate, the latter of which has never been detected in Americans before
  • Flame-retardant chemicals have been linked to decreased fertility, thyroid problems, cancer, and more
  • In utero and childhood, PBDE exposures were associated with neurodevelopmental delays, including poorer attention, fine motor coordination, and cognition in school-age children
  • Flame retardants are odorless and not required to be listed on product labels, making lab testing one of the only ways to determine which types are in your household items
  • Duke University has an excellent program that allows you to send in a sample of foam and have it tested for flame retardants… for free

By Dr. Mercola

While odorless, flame retardants like polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are far from innocuous. They were recently identified as one of 17 "high priority" chemical groups that should be avoided to reduce your breast cancer risk, for instance.


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