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Flame Retardants and DEET Now in Swimming Pools

Flame Retardants in Swimming Pool

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  • Researchers found 32 different chemicals in swimming-pool water, including flame retardants, caffeine, and DEET (an active ingredient in insect repellant)
  • About 75 percent of Americans have flame-retardant chemicals in their bodies
  • Flame retardants also contaminate the world’s oceans, and when fish eat plastic contaminated with flame retardants they show signs of endocrine disruption and tumor formation

By Dr. Mercola

About 75 percent of California residents have flame-retardant chemicals in their bodies, according to a late 2014 study. Many of them had no less than six different kinds, including one (chlorinated tris, or TDCIPP) that was phased out of children's pajamas in the 1970s.


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