Dr Oz: Flame Retardant Chemicals Toxic to Your Health
Would it surprise you to know that the fabric furniture in your home, including your baby’s, is lined with harmful chemicals? Those chemicals could literally be toxic to your family and causing you more harm than good. Flame retardant chemicals sometimes come out of the foam in your sofa and end up in your carpet, with around 80% of fabric furniture containing dangerous particles. Flame retardant chemicals are meant to keep your family safe, but in reality they are putting the people you love at risk for birth defects and cancer.
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Some of the most shocking information surrounding flame retardants is that the tobacco industry was a huge supporter of using them because they were sick of being accused of causing household fires. Chemical manufactures are still raking in a lot of money from flame retardant chemicals and a group called Citizens for Fire Safety was seemingly looking out for consumers, but in reality they were being funded by the chemical companies. The most infuriating truth is that flame retardant chemicals do not even prevent fires, but are still putting your family’s health at risk. If you want to know more about the investigation into flame retardant chemicals you can check out the film Toxic Hot Seat on HBO.
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Dr Oz enlisted the help of investigative reporter Elisabeth Leamy when he sent her to Duke University to find out more information about the polyurethane foam being used in your living room furniture and what she found was startling.
Flame retardant chemicals can be connected to several medical conditions, including:
- Birth Defects
- Delayed Physical Development
- Low IQ
- Brain Damage
- Thyroid Disorder
Elizabeth Leamy asked Dr. Oz viewers to have their furniture tested for harmful chemicals. One mom provided foam pieces from her children’s furniture and they even asked for the children to provide urine samples to see if their little bodies showed signs of poisoning.
Dr Oz: Can Flame Retardants Get Into Your Body?
The scientist who runs Duke University’s lab says our furniture contains more flame retardant chemicals than it did just a decade ago. Dr Oz invited Elisabeth Leamy and the parents back to the stage so they could talk about the test results. All the furniture was shown to contain flame retardants as well as most of their bodies, including the young children, whose levels were shockingly high.
One of the moms was upset that this is another thing for parents to worry about where their kids are concerned. Another mom felt it was absolutely unacceptable that her little boy’s car seat is even made with toxic chemicals.