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Unmasking the Hidden Dangers: Flame Retardants in Clothing and Cars

Saturday, May 25th 2024 10:00am 5 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

As a functional medicine doctor, I’ve seen firsthand the impact of environmental toxins on our health. Today, I want to shed light on a group of chemicals that have quietly infiltrated our daily lives: flame retardants. These substances, found in everything from our clothing to our cars, have been linked to a range of health issues, from cancer and autism spectrum disorders to thyroid problems and developmental issues in children.

Flame retardants are chemicals added to materials to slow or prevent the start or growth of fire. They’re found in a variety of products, including furniture, electronics, and yes, clothing and cars. But here’s the catch: these chemicals don’t stay put. They migrate out of these products and into the air and dust in our homes and cars, where we’re exposed to them continuously.

In this article, we’ll delve into the dangers of flame retardants, focusing on their implications for children and infants due to their size and developing bodies. We’ll also explore ways to mitigate their effects.

The Dangers of Flame Retardants

The health effects of flame retardants are far-reaching. Studies have shown that exposure to these chemicals can lead to a higher risk of cancer, including thyroid cancer. They’ve also been linked to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders and thyroid disorders.

But perhaps the most concerning aspect of flame retardants is their impact on brain development. These chemicals can disrupt the endocrine system, which plays a critical role in brain development. This disruption can lead to a range of neurodevelopmental issues, including cognitive and behavioral problems.

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