5 toxics that are everywhere: protect yourself
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More and more research links five chemicals-
The most common in the world-
A range of diseases, including cancer, sexual problems, and behavioral problems.
We meet them every day. -
Purchase products in plastic bottles, storage containers, food packaging, cans, cookware, electrical appliances, carpets, shower curtains, clothes, personal care products, furniture, TV sets, electronics, bedding, mats and mattresses
In short, almost every room in every house in the United States may contain at least one chemical, many of which did not exist a century ago.
They are double phenol A or double phenol; phthalates; PFOA; formaldehyde;
Polymethyl bromide, or PDBEs.
Tests show that most of us are now carrying them in our bodies, but will they make us healthy ---
The health of our children-in jeopardy?
Here\'s what you should know: BPA-
What does biphenol a do: biphenol a is a light, transparent, hot building material
The plastic that is resistant to and almost unbreakable is called polyester.
Also used for epoxy resin.
Places to discover: water bottles, baby bottles, reusable food containers, plastic tableware, baby feeding cups, lining of baby formula milk powder cans and other cans, tank covers, CDs, electronic and electrical equipment, sealant for dental use.
How we are exposed: eat food or drink the liquid stored in a container containing BPA.
Babies and children may also be exposed to materials containing BPA.
Shuangphenol a also migrated from gum to the patient\'s mouth.
The fetus is exposed by the mother in the uterus.
Almost everyone was exposed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found BPA in the urine of 93% people they tested.
Special report: toxic US health effects: the US chemical Commission of the industrial and trade group said the exposure dose was so low that it did not have adverse effects on health. A new five-
A permanent Kaiser study of factory workers in China found that higher BPA exposure was associated with lower sexual function in men.
This study joins more and more studies on animals that suggest that BPA has a potential cancer risk and may mimic estrogen, which destroys extremely sensitive chemical signals in the body, called the endocrine system.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, these studies suggest that BPA may affect the brain, behavior and prostate of the fetus, infants and young children.
Regulation: BPA is a \"chemical of concern\" by the Environmental Protection Agency, which has conducted more reviews and potentially new regulations on one of the five substances. (
The others are short neighboring benzene ester.
Paraffin, PBDEs and perf chemicals including PFOA. )
The Food and Drug Administration allows the use of BPA in flexible food packaging.
Methods for reducing contact: Purchase of stainless steel bottles and storage containers for glass food.
If you buy plastic, check the recycling number at the bottom.
If there is a number 7, assume that BPA is included in the container unless it explicitly indicates that it is not included.
Replace cans with fresh or frozen vegetables.
Other precautions include not to microwave or place hot liquid in a BPA plastic container and throw away scratched bottles and bottles.
What they do is: This series of chemicals soften the plastic.
They are also used to combine chemicals together.
Places to discover: shampoo, conditioner, body spray, hair gel, perfume, cologne, soap, nail polish, shower curtain, medical pipe, IV bag, vinyl floor and wall covering, food packaging and paint on time-
How we are exposed: absorbed into the body through personal care products, and intake into the body through drugs, food, water, and dust.
Babies can be contacted through baby care products such as baby shampoo, lotion and powder.
The fetus is exposed in the uterus.
Almost everyone is exposed to neighboring benzene ester.
Health impact: a new study from Mount Sinai Children\'s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center found a statistical association between prenatal exposure to neighboring benzene Ester and the incidence of ADHD after many years.
Phthalate is considered an endocrine disruptor and studies have shown a statistical association between phthalate exposure and male sexual development.
The study also showed that phthal acid salts interfere with the reproductive development of male experimental animals.
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Regulation: phthalate is a chemical of concern to EPA.
\"The FDA allows the use of plastics containing neighboring benzene Ester in flexible food packaging. The U. S.
Last year, the government banned or restricted the use of six neighboring benzene Ester in children\'s toys and children\'s products.
What you can do to reduce exposure: Avoid using shampoo, conditioner and other personal care products that make \"perfume\" an ingredient.
These may contain phthal salts. (
Companies are not required to disclose the ingredients in their scents, which the industry says is safe. )
The federal government recently ended a source of contact banning the sale of toys containing any of the six neighboring benzene ester. PFOA --
All fluorine bitter (also called C8)
What does it do: PFOA is used to make Teflon and thousands of other non-stick and stainsand water-
Mosquito repellent products.
Where they are found: PFOA is present in Teflon and other non-stick or stainsand water-
As a repellent coating for trace impurities.
These coatings are used in cookware, waterproof and breathable clothing, furniture and carpets, and a variety of industrial applications.
The decomposition of these products can also produce PFOA.
How do we expose: Breathe in polluted air, eat contaminated food, drink contaminated water.
Some researchers say non-stick pans release PFOA steam that pollutes food.
Health effects: PFOA is present in almost everyone\'s blood.
PFOA can cause cancer and developmental problems in experimental animals.
The EPA concluded that the study of PFOA \"implies a carcinogenic effect but is not sufficient to assess the potential of human cancer.
Regulation: PFOA is a chemical of concern to EPA.
\"What can you do to reduce exposure: EPA does not recommend any steps to reduce exposure to PFOA.
The use of stainless steel or cast iron cookware can reduce potential exposure.
Do not overheat if you use non-stick cookware, which will release toxic gas.
How toxic is your air?
The role of formaldehyde: formaldehyde is an ingredient in the resin that acts as glue in the manufacture of pressed wood products.
The place to find: crushed wood products such as crushed board, plywood, paneling, cardboard;
In addition, glue and adhesive such as curtains and durable news fabrics.
How we are exposed: Breathing
\"Deflate\" from products containing formaldehyde \".
Car exhaust and cigarette smoke also contain formaldehyde.
Health effects: Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogens that can cause cancer in the respiratory tract or intestines and stomach.
Formaldehyde smoke can also cause nausea, skin irritation, watery eyes or burning of eyes, nose and throat.
What you can do to reduce exposure: buying furniture that does not contain formaldehyde can eliminate most of the exposure to the chemicals we face.
One option to reduce \"off -\"
\"Inflatable\": buy \"external level\" press-
Wood products that release formaldehyde have a much lower release rate.
If you have wood products containing formaldehyde, increase ventilation and reduce humidity with air conditioning or dehumidifier to keep your home cool. PBDEs -
Their work: polymethyl bromide is a group of chemicals used as flame retardant, which means that they reduce the chances of something catching fire and slow it down when it catches fire
PBDEs were found in TV, computer, wire insulation and furniture foam.
Over time, TVs and other products remove the polyfluoride ether that accumulates in the dust.
The global production of more than 0. 124 billion pounds of PBDEs per year, they are not easy to break down.
How do we expose: Swallowing PBDE-
Contaminated dust and exposure to these dust are the main ways to get into our bodies and they gather in fat tissue.
We can also get in touch with food and water. Breast-
Feeding babies are exposed to PBDEs through their mother\'s milk, with the highest levels of exposure compared to their weight, followed by infants and toddlers, based on data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Human levels have been rising rapidly since PBDEs was introduced in 1970s and 1960.
Health effects: PBDEs build up in the body.
According to EPA, toxicology tests suggest that PDBEs may damage the liver and kidneys and affect the brain and behavior.
Regulation: in December, EPA named PBDEs \"a worrying chemical \".
\"What can you do to reduce exposure: try to find products that do not contain PBDE flame retardant and make sure to clean up the dust.