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Nov 13, 2014

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A new study has found that most Americans are full of flame retardants that their bodies have absorbed from furniture and other household objects, reports Diabetes InsiderThe study was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology earlier this week. Researchers involved in the project found that at least six toxic chemicals are floating around Americans’ blood streams. These chemicals are highly carcinogenic and can cause a variety of deleterious health effects such as reproductive and nervous system damage.

The scientists said that they discovered a chemical that has never before been detected in humans: tris-(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP). This chemical belongs to a group of substances called phosphates, some of which have been phased out over the years due to the health dangers they pose. For example, a chemical called TDCIPP was detected in the study participants. This substance was banned for use in children’s pajamas about 40 years ago. The presence of TDCIPP shocked the study’s authors.

Out of the people who were included in the study, a majority–75 percent, were full of flame retardants. The study took place in California and the authors say those with the highest level of chemicals found in their bodies also lived in homes where there were higher levels of chemical-filled dust.

Flame retardants can cause cancer as well as a long list of neurological problems. These types of chemicals are commonly found in objects that nearly everyone has in the home: polyester resins, cloth, polyurethane foam and plastic products. In order to protect from being contaminated with flame retardants, there are several steps Americans can take.

Experts advise to avoid buying furniture that contains such chemicals, and instead stick to materials that are naturally resistant to fire. Wool, for example, is an excellent flame retardant, and there are some mattress companies that make mattresses out of wool with no chemicals in them at all, yet pass the governmental tests required to legally sell the product. These tests must prove that the mattresses can withstand a certain level of fire being applied before getting so hot that the entire thing would go up in flames. Numerous “organic” and “natural” furniture stores also boast the same results. Some clothing and furniture manufacturers have been working toward finding other textiles that resist fire. One idea is to mix cotton with certain synthetic fibers, such as nylon.

Many people are alarmed about the fact that 75 percent of Americans are full of flame retardants, according to a new study. However, by taking steps to reduce the chances of these chemicals getting into the body, such as frequent hand washing, along with pushing for stricter regulations, it is likely that this number could be reduced.

 

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