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More Disturbing Effects of Flame Retardants on Childhood Development

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  • Children with the highest exposure to certain PBDEs had double the number of attention problems as children with lower exposure
  • Previous research revealed that both in utero and childhood PBDE exposures were associated with neurodevelopmental delays, including poorer attention, fine motor coordination, and cognition in school-age children
  • Children whose mothers were exposed to flame-retardant chemicals during pregnancy had lower IQ and were more prone to hyperactivity disorders

By Dr. Mercola

Flame-retardant chemicals were developed in the 1970s, when 40 percent of Americans smoked and cigarettes were a major cause of fires.

The tobacco industry, under increasing pressure to make fire-safe cigarettes, resisted the push for self-extinguishing cigarettes, and instead created a fake front group called the National Association of State Fire Marshals.

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