Burned | Originally broadcast November 30, 2012.
Tom Harrington investigates flame retardants in our homes and reveals the toxic chemicals used to prevent or slow down the spread of fire may be making us sick, and may not be as effective as you think.
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This second ChemSec short film about the EU RoHS directive takes a closer look at the problems with using brominated flame retardants and PVC in electronics, among other things stressing that brominated flame retardants and PVC can transform into dioxins and furans, which for example can cause cancer. This film also the emphasises the growing problem with electronic waste and highlights the risks with only restricting individual brominated flame retardants instead of the whole group. For more information, please visit www.chemsec.org/rohs. Director: Maria Eng, Påeng film. Illustrations and animations: Christofer Ahde.
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PBDE fire retardant chemicals in the food supply may contribute to attention and cognitive deficits in children.
Flame Retardants Mimic Estrogens
NIH researchers published in the August issue of Environmental Health Perspectives an article showing that flame retardants bind to estrogen receptor sites and mimic the effects of estrogen. This, especially in combination with other “xenoestrogens” such as plastics, petroleum products, and many pesticides, can result in high levels of estrogen in our bodies. It may also explain why puberty is occurring in some 7 year old girls and why the incidence of estrogen-related cancers is on the rise.
In addition, flame retardants bind to and inhibit estrogen sulfotransferase, which is important in the detoxification of estrogen in the human body. This, too, would increase the already high levels of estrogen in the human body.
Exposure to flame retardants is difficult to escape. It is found in our food, consumer products in our homes, cars, and workplace, as well as even in house dust. For more information please visit www.doctorsaputo.com
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