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Laundry pods continue to poison people

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

laundry pods continue to poison people

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  • During the first six years single-use laundry pods were on the market, 72,947 people suffered some level of exposure triggering a call to the poison control center; two children and six adults with developmental delay or dementia died and 239 children and adults survived major effects
  • In children younger than 6, researchers found a slight increase in calls to poison control centers from 2012 to 2015, but an 18% decrease from 2015 to 2017; however, the rate of exposure in those older than 6 has dramatically increased
  • Hospital admissions increased 63.4% through 2015 but declined 55.5% by 2017, which the researchers attribute in part to voluntary product safety standard enforcement and public awareness campaigns
  • One of the more well-known pods are made by Tide with ingredients graded by the Environmental Working Group as C, D or F due to the health effects; consider skipping exposure to poisons and toxins in your clothing by making your own detergent

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, each year 55 centers receive millions of calls, the majority from people who have come into contact with dangerous or potentially dangerous substances. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says every day more than 300 children in the U.S. are treated in an emergency room as a result of poisoning.

However, these are not just linked to chemicals but also to everyday items such as household cleaners and medications. A recent study from the Central Ohio Poison Center evaluated those who had eye exposures to dangerous products and found while the annual frequency of exposures has declined by 37%, cleaning products accounted for 22%.


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