Yesterday, I talked about the bold step taken by various experts against toxic chemicals. So what specific toxins did the coalition single out? Here are some of them. (Remember that the below chemicals are linked to brain development problems such as autism and low IQ.)

Organophosphate pesticides: Past concerns have led to the ban of some of these pesticides at home. However, this does not limit the use of these pesticides on crops such as fruit, vegetables, wheat, soy, and corn.

Flame retardants: These are used in fabric and upholstery padding, television and computer plastic casings, and baby products.

Lead: Gasoline and household paint containing lead are already banned, but lead could still be found in old homes and pipes. Lead is said to be so toxic that there is no level of exposure that’s considered safe.

Phthalates: The use of six phthalates in toys and child care products has been banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. However, they are still used in all kinds of products including food packaging, personal care products, and building materials.

Combustion-related air pollutants: These compose of nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, benzene, formaldehyde, and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), among others.

The above chemicals can be easily found in our homes. They are so common in fact that most of us do not anymore suspect their safety. Recent research though warns us of these chemicals, and while the government and experts are working hard in terms of regulating them, we have to do our part in limiting our exposure to these toxins. The following are some helpful steps to keep our homes safe:

– Substitute pesticides with organic alternatives such as strawberries, nectarines, and green beans.

– Breastfeed your baby if possible. If formula is used, check the quality of the water and ensure that it is lead free.

– Avoid plastic toys, lunch boxes, and school supplies.

– Choose furniture guaranteed free from harmful flame retardants.

– Screen your home for lead.

– Opt for fragrance-free personal care products.

– Reduce household dust as much as possible.

Source: The New York Times

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