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What You Need to Know About Flame Retardants & Chemical Exposure

  • February 11, 2015

Though the majority of us don’t think to question every chemical ingredient in the products we use every day, there may be good reason to start. A recently published article in Environmental Health Perspectives speaks to the substantial impact that certain chemicals – particularly flame retardants – can have on our health. According to the research, other ingredients found in cosmetics and personal care products may cause damage to our bodies and our brains as well.

Exposure to Harmful Chemicals Linked to Disease

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are compounds that are used as flame retardants in a variety of products, including everything from furniture and carpet padding to baby products. Though banned in the United States in 2005 due to their potential for harm, PBDEs do still exist in our environment. It is estimated that approximately 97 percent of Americans have some level of PBDE in their blood.

The chemicals that were used to replace PBDEs were supposed to be less harmful, but research shows that these – primarily TDCIPP and TPHP – also cause substantial damage to various parts of the body. Related conditions include breast tumors, nervous system problems, anemia, liver damage, kidney disease, birth defects, and an impaired reproductive system.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Though it may seem daunting to attempt to live your daily life completely free of unnatural chemical ingredients, even small changes can help immensely. Whenever possible, purchase personal care products that are formulated without parabens, fragrances, formaldehyde, phthalates, and other chemicals, including sodium lauryl sulfate. These have been shown to cause hormonal changes that may lead to the growth of tumors and other conditions. The Wellness Center at LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania welcomes your call. Contact us today to learn more, and talk with Dr. David DiGiallorenzo about ways you can lower your chemical exposure risk.

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