Trading Health for Small Conveniences?

“Stain-resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal” is how journalist Callie Lyons describes a highly fluorinated chemical called C8. When C8 was released into the air and water supply near processing plants in the mid-Ohio Valley, tens of thousands of people became seriously ill, with a range of health problems including cancer, liver malfunction, thyroid disruption, obesity, high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, and lower birth weight and size. The disturbing results of this large-scale inadvertent human study led to the recent phase-out of…

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Are flame retardants the secret ingredient in your home-cooked meals?

A new study has found that brominated flame retardants are present in black thermo cups and kitchen utensils bought in Europe. These types of chemicals have been linked to a number of adverse health effects in humans and animals including cancer. In Europe, the recycling of electronic waste is strictly regulated under EU law as it often contains brominated flame retardants. This recycled waste is not allowed to be used in a number of consumer products, including food contact articles.…

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