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A Curious Reason to Wash Your Hands

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  • Hand-washing is an incredibly simple way to reduce your exposure to disease-causing germs and data demonstrates it may also reduce your toxic burden to flame retardant chemicals
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers and organophosphate flame retardant chemicals persist in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food chain, and are associated with thyroid cancer, lower IQ and behavioral disorders in children
  • Organophosphate flame retardant chemicals are structurally similar to insecticides known to attack the nervous system in the same way as nerve agents
  • You may reduce your exposure at home by frequent cleaning, hand-washing, and purchasing organic and green building materials and household products, including children’s toys and mattresses

By Dr. Mercola

Hand-washing is a simple and effective way to reduce your exposure to disease-causing germs, thereby lessening your chances of getting sick. Regular hand-washing may also reduce the risk associated with chemical exposures. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you may decrease your child's exposure to flame retardant chemicals using simple hand-washing techniques.


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