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How Your Couch Hurts Your Thyroid

Couch Chemicals

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  • Women with the highest concentrations of flame retardants known as PBDEs in their blood had an increased risk of thyroid disease compared to those with lower concentrations
  • Post-menopausal women may be particularly vulnerable to PBDE-induced thyroid effects because of low estrogen reserves
  • Eighty-five percent of couch foam samples tested contained toxic chemical flame retardants

By Dr. Mercola

Many couches in U.S. homes contain foam cushions that are comfortable to sit on but are hiding a dirty, dangerous secret. They're loaded with toxic flame-retardant chemicals. Such chemicals were added largely as the result of California Technical Bulletin 117 (TB117), which was passed in 1975.

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