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World Health Organization Warns: Phthalates, BPA, PVC, Pesticides, and other Common Synthetic Chemicals Linked to Serious Health Problems
Poisoned by every day life: Landmark study warns gender bending chemicals in your home, food and car ARE linked to a huge range of diseases
- Phthalates are used to soften plastic and improve consistency of cosmetics
- Chemical commonly found in children’s toys, make up (including nail polish & remover), cars and PVC flooring
- Could cause breast cancer, asthma, infertility and birth defects, WHO says
Chemicals found in every home may cause breast cancer, asthma, infertility and birth defects, global health chiefs said yesterday.
They warn the gender-bending compounds – used in toys, PVC flooring, car dashboards and credit cards – have ‘serious implications’ for health.
In a landmark report, the World Health Organization suggested a ban might be needed to protect future generations.
It says it is ‘reasonable to suspect’ chemical substances called phthalates of harming female fertility and linked them with rising rates of childhood illnesses including leukemia.
Also under suspicion is bisphenol-A (BPA), which is found in a host of daily items including tin cans and sunglasses.
The man-made compounds are thought to interfere with the natural hormones that are key to our growth, development and overall health.
The WHO said there was ‘very strong evidence’ in animals they can interfere with thyroid hormones – something that can cause brain damage, stunted intelligence, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism.
For prostate cancer ‘significant evidence’ exists of a link with agricultural pesticides.
And there was some evidence linking exposure in pregnancy to weight gain in infants and children and potential links to breast cancer.
In the same report ten years ago, the UN agency said there was only ‘weak evidence ’ that gender-bending chemicals were harming human health.
Declaring the chemicals a global threat, the new report’s authors said humans and animals were exposed to hundreds of compounds, many of which have yet to be identified or properly studied.
Some are inhaled in dust, others make their way into our bodies from food or simply licking our fingers.
Chemical-Free-Life.org says: To reduce you daily exposure to these hazardous chemicals choose foods only from cans marked “BPA-Free” (or eat frozen rather than canned food); replace your vinyl shower curtain with a cloth liner; read the labels on nail polish and other cosmetics and avoid products that contain: DBP, DEP, DBHP, DMP, or chemicals with the word “phthalate” at the end of them; and watch for our blog postings (or search our archives) for resources and recipes for natural, DIY, and nontoxic cosmetics and personal care products.
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