The Truth about flame retardants:
Why it is difficult for the EPA to keep toxic products off of the market.
- Cause For Alarm Over Synthetic Fire Retardants - "Researchers say the effects on children are likely to be subtle - not mental retardation or disability, but measurable changes in a child's intelligence, memory hyperactivity, and hearing. 'We're concerned about learning and memory and some behavioral effects and hearing loss,' Linda Birnbaum, director of experimental toxicology at the EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory said."
- Anderson Laboratories tested respiratory toxicity of mattress emission on mice. The data demonstrate that some mattresses release toxic (poisonous) chemicals into the air. The study found tested the fumes from several types of mattresses, especially ones with vinyl covers and polyurethane foam cores. The data demonstrated irritation to the throat, eyes, and nose. Some also had difficulty breathing. Some developed asthma-like reactions. The study can be found in Environmental Health, 2000, Vol. 55, pp 38-43.
- Flame Retardants Are Everywhere.
- Body Burden - The Pollution In Newborns Study.