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PBDE Flame Retardants Are Still Around

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée


PBDE flame retardants were phased out in 2004 and 2010, yet these chemicals are still around.

Scientific studies have found PBDEs in humans and the environment—over 8 years later.

They could still be in your home.

What are PBDEs?

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are chemical flame retardants.  They come in a variety of mixtures such as pentabromodiphenyl ether (c-pentaBDE), octabromodiphenyl ether (c-octaBDE), and...

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Reproductive health expert from Yale Medical School discusses how toxic exposures may influence our reproductive health and children


I remember clearly the first time I came across the reality that our consumer products expose us to toxic exposures--which include chemicals, heavy metals, and electromagnetic fields. It was ten years ago, when my first born was just a few weeks old. 

I had just ended my maternity leave. And after a demanding day at work, I climbed into bed at a little after midnight with a pile of books to skim. The books were about how to take care of a baby: how often she should eat, what...

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How toxic is your car?

cars children Mar 21, 2017

Hi everyone!  I'm excited to start blogging again.  During my online silence, I've been hard at work offline on my first book, which is about environmental health at home.  Soon after my first child was born, I stumbled across upsetting information regarding environmental toxins -- endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, reproductive toxins, and others -- that contribute to developmental and behavioral impairment in children.  What kept me up at night was learning that my...

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