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Fire-Retardant Chemicals Are Contaminating Drinking Water Across the US

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  • Flame-retardant chemicals have been identified as one of 17 high priority chemical groups that should be avoided to reduce breast cancer. In the environment, these chemicals are also poisoning pets and wildlife
  • Researchers and firefighters alike say flame-retardant chemicals actually cause more harm than good, as the fire suppression they provide is minuscule at best, while releasing toxic fumes when they burn
  • In the U.S., cancer accounts for more than half of all firefighter deaths, and California female firefighters aged 40 to 50 are six times more likely to develop breast cancer than the national average
  • The U.S. military is still using PFAS-containing firefighting foam, despite the fact that billions of dollars are now being spent trying to clean up contaminated drinking water
  • PFAS chemicals have been linked to kidney, testicular, prostate and bladder cancer, thyroid disorders, immune dysfunction, reproductive problems and hormone disruption

By Dr. Mercola

Flame-retardant chemicals have been identified as one of 17 high priority chemical groups that should be avoided to reduce breast cancer. In the environment, these chemicals are also poisoning pets and wildlife. Yet despite their significant health risks, they continue being used — ostensibly because they save lives in case of fire.


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