Toxic Chemicals In Fire Retardants
Record levels of toxic chemicals are found in Mother's breast milk
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|EWG's tests of mothers' milk are the latest evidence that
Americans (Ed's Note: and all modern cultures) are being exposed to potentially harmful levels of toxic fire
retardants. The bad news is that efforts by both government and private
industry in the U.S. are lagging behind Europe, which has already phased
out some fire retardants and is studying the toxic effects of others. The
good news is that European studies show that levels of fire retardants in
the human body begin to decline relatively quickly if exposure is reduced.
That means that prompt action by government agencies and the companies
that make or use fire retardants can make a difference. To some extent,
personal actions can also reduce your exposure.
What should government do?
What should private industry do?
In the absence of government regulation, U.S. manufacturers and users of chemical fire retardants should voluntarily comply with the European ban. Chemical companies should work to minimize the toxicity of existing fire retardants and thoroughly test replacement chemicals for safety. Companies who use fire retardants in their products should follow the lead of some computer makers, who are redesigning their products so that fire retardants are not needed. Retailers should follow the example of IKEA and some other companies in demanding that their suppliers avoid the use of chemical fire retardants.
What should parents and other concerned consumers do?
Our homes and offices are filled with brominated fire retardants in products including foam-padded furniture, computer and television screens, and the padding underneath our carpets. Our study found that exposure to brominated fire retardants is unavoidable. We detected them in the body of every participant, regardless of their occupation, diet, or lifestyle.
Even if these toxic fire retardants were phased out immediately, our exposures to them would continue through the foods we eat or from the products in our households. In the absence of government safeguards to remove persistent toxins from household products, or label products containing the most toxic forms of fire retardants, parents should consider the following options:
Many other persistent pollutants, some banned for decades, still contaminate the environment and end up in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Recently, EWG has reported on the presence of toxic chemicals in a wide range of consumer products including foam-padded furniture, food wrappers and winter-time lettuce. In the case of toxic fire retardants, chemical companies have fought proposals that they label their products to give consumers information about the chemicals in consumer products.
Yet exposures to many persistent pollutants can be reduced through a varied diet that contains fewer meat and high fat dairy products. Other chemical exposures, like toxic substances in household cleaners, can be avoided altogether. It is especially important for children, pregnant or breastfeeing mothers or women considering pregnancy to avoid chemical exposures. Some simple tips for reducing exposures to, or impacts of, industrial chemicals are:
The toxic assault on the human species goes on and on. When will this world gone mad with toxic synthetic chemicals ever wake up to the devastation that is being wreaked on humanity. It is your god-given right to live your life free of all the environmental toxic substances the chemical industry are continually forcing us to absorb into our bodies and via breast milk into the bodies of our most vulnerable citizens. OUR future is with our children and if we are poisoning them with our own bodyload of chemicals in their most tender years - then what hope have we for the future?
It is only you along with millions of others in combination that can do something about this massive toxic chemical assault. NO ONE is immune to the chemical invasion. You must support the organic movement to the fullest possible extent that you can before your health and the health of your loved ones is compromised beyond redemption.
You can play YOUR part in this by telling others of this website and by using safe non-toxic genuine certified organic products.
These toxic chemical products may contaminate your children!