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Flame Retardants Do More Harm Than Good, Research Shows

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  • Flame retardant chemicals have been linked to serious health risks, including infertility, birth defects, neurodevelopmental delays, reduced IQ, behavioral problems, hormone disruptions, and cancer
  • Firefighters are speaking out against the use of fire retardant chemicals in everyday household products, noting that they don’t even work as expected
  • A coalition of medical, consumer, and worker safety groups have created a petition asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban all organohalogens, the most commonly used flame retardants

By Dr. Mercola

Common household items such as couch cushions, carpeting, mattresses, and electronics can be a source of exposure to toxic flame retardant chemicals in your day-to-day life.


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