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Phthalates in plastic products decrease testosterone levels in men, women and children

8/30/2014 - Testosterone is the driving force in men, determining physical structure, brain function, and reproductive health. This hormone is declining in virtually all populations today, giving rise to health conditions including infertility, reduced semen quality and genital malformations in newborns. A certain,...

Phthalates should be added to state's list of regulated chemicals says parents and doctors in Maine

8/14/2014 - More than two thousand Mainers signed a petition asking Governor Paul LePage's administration to disclose the use of harmful chemicals on product labels, according to a report by Supporters, including parents, doctors and business owners, rallied in support of a rule change that...

French wines tested, Endocrine-disrupting phthalates found in more than half tested

8/11/2014 5:19:24 PM - Just as some men may have been switching from beer to wine after realizing that hops in beer diminish testosterone and boost estrogen, new research in France has discovered that over half of those fine French wines contain phthalates, which are hormone disruptors. Phthalates (fal-ates) are ubiquitous...

Amount of phthalates in average American diet exceeds EPA threshold, study finds

7/11/2014 - A young child consuming a typical US diet is exposed to phthalate levels more than twice as high as those considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington and published in the journal Environmental Health in...

Men's phthalate exposure associated with fertility problems

3/23/2014 - A class of chemicals commonly used in plastics, food packaging and personal care products like shampoos and fragrances has been shown in a new study to obstruct the ability of men to get women pregnant. Research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that, compared to men not exposed...

Bad news for tattoos - Many tattoo inks contain dangerous heavy metals, phthalates and hydrocarbons

1/21/2014 - Would you knowingly inject dangerous heavy metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic into your body? How about carcinogens and endocrine disrupters such as phthalates and hydrocarbons? Chances are that is exactly what you have done if you have a tattoo, because those substances are commonly found in...

Vinyl floors expose children to toxic phthalates

11/1/2013 - The thyroid and its hormone function are under constant attack from plasticizers called phthalates. Phthalates are manufactured to make plastics more flexible and harder to break; however, these plasticizers do the opposite in the human body, slowing it down and throwing it off balance. In the body,...

Industry-connected scientist who pimped BPA and phthalates resigns from European Commision panel

10/22/2013 - Hundreds of independent scientists, who have NO financial ties to chemical industries, are cheering the recent resignation of EU Commission panel member Wolfgang Dekant. Why? Because Dekant is a blatant sellout for the chemical industry, an all-out advocate for endocrine disrupters like bisphenol...

Toxic phthalates in vibrators

6/5/2013 5:22:45 PM - Sexual products are often overlooked by consumers when it comes to health concerns and this needs to change. With over 80 percent of women in the United States having used a vibrator, they have become quite commonplace and are sold in drugstores and even Tupperware style home parties. Vibrators come...

Pesticides and phthalates top the P.O.P. contaminants list, polluting earth for decades to come

1/16/2013 - Earth's conventional food and water supply is quickly becoming its own huge "cancer." Persistent organic pollutants, POPs for short, are "brewing and breeding" the ultimate destruction of organic life on planet earth, as they bio-accumulate in the environment AND in human and animal body tissues. If...

Phthalates wreak havoc on your health

11/18/2012 - Phthalates, chemicals used to soften plastics, are found in many personal care products such as hair sprays, perfumes, nail polish, sunscreens and lotions. They are also used in medical devices, on timed release pills (where they are often part of the coating), in children's toys and plastic food containers...

Many common pills are coated with toxic phthalates

1/10/2012 - (NaturalNews)The coatings of many common drugs and supplements often contain phthalates according to a recent study reported in Environmental Health Perspectives. This family of plasticizer compounds has been linked in previous studies to hormonal and reproductive problems as well as fetal brain damage. Plastic-coated...

Group pushes for regulation of toxic chemicals in EU

9/21/2011 - ChemSec is lobbying the European Union to ban more toxic chemicals from plastics and cosmetics. Some toxins from children's toys and implements have been banned there and in the USA. But since then, further research has demonstrated hormonal disruption from long term low level exposure to other toxins...

Phthalates should be avoided in personal care products

9/10/2011 - Phthalates are chemicals that can cause damage when absorbed or otherwise ingested into the human body. They are commonly used as an inexpensive chemical ingredient in several consumer goods. Phthalates are mostly used as a "plasticizing" agent to help keep materials cohesive. They are often used...

Prenatal exposure to common chemicals called phthalates linked to brain damage

9/8/2011 - According to the American Chemistry Council, a family of plasticizer compounds called phthlates are fine and dandy additions to everything from wall coverings, flooring, toys, perfumes, shampoos and IV tubes. In fact, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studies show average phthalates...

Many plastic products contain other harmful chemical toxins besides BPA

10/19/2010 - Much of the concern surrounding plastic products these days is centered around bisphenol-A (BPA), a plastics chemical that numerous studies have found disrupts proper hormonal function and interferes with proper sexual development, among other things. But phthalates, another type of plastics chemical,...

ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder Linked to Phthalate Exposure of Mother

3/12/2010 - Prenatal exposure to phthalates has been linked to problem behavior in children. A collaborative study by Mount Sinai, Cornell University and U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention connects attention deficits and aggressiveness in children to levels of prenatal phthalate exposure. Researchers...

Phthalate warning: Medications contain chemicals that "feminize" unborn baby boys

11/17/2009 - In a bombshell finding that has far-reaching implications for society and culture, scientists at the University of Rochester have found that phthalates -- the chemical found in many vinyl and plastic products -- tends to "feminize" boys, altering their brains to express more feminine characteristics....

Phthalates Danger: Chemicals in Plastics Put Unborn Babies At Risk

8/10/2009 - Chemicals called phthalates are frequently used in vinyl and other plastic products, including personal care products, children's toys, and medical devices -- despite the fact research has suggested these compounds can play havoc with the function of the human endocrine system and potentially cause...

Lessen Your Baby's Toxic Load (Part 3): Skin and Bath Products

11/27/2008 - Baby care products such as shampoos, lotions and powders fall under cosmetics` regulations and the FDA is not required to test their safety. The only way to be assured a product will not contain harmful compounds is that it be certified organic, and better yet, certified organic to food standards. Infants...

Avoiding Phthalates Is an Important Key to Being Healthy

11/6/2008 - I was visiting my friend Denise the other day and noticed her adorable baby grandson happily chewing on a pastel blue plastic teething ring. I was surprised because I thought she knew that soft plastics contain phthalates. "He's fine," she said. "California banned phthalates in children's toys." I...

Toxic Phthalates Commonly Found in Baby Powders, Lotions and Shampoos

8/19/2008 - Babies whose parents expose them to personal care products such as powders, lotions and shampoos have higher body burdens of the toxic chemicals known as phthalates, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington and published in the journal Pediatrics. Phthalates...

U.S. Slow to Take Action on Phthalates, Bisphenol-A Chemicals in Plastics

5/2/2008 - Despite mounting evidence of severe health risks from two hormone-disrupting chemicals widely used in plastics, the U.S. government has been slow to regulate the substances. Phthalates, used to soften plastic and make it flexible, are utilized in products ranging from medical devices (including tubing,...

iPod, iPhone Contain High Levels of Toxic Chemicals, Violate California Law

12/12/2007 - The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has announced that the results of independent tests confirm earlier Greenpeace findings that headphone cords used in Apple Inc.'s iPod and iPhone contain high levels of phthalates. According to a lawsuit filed by CEH, Apple's failure to include a warning label...

Consumer alert: Popular air fresheners found to contain toxic chemical

9/26/2007 - A test of air freshener products recently conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 12 out of 14 popular air freshener products contained a chemical known to be harmful to the health of humans. Phthalates, known to cause reproductive problems and hormone disruption in humans, were...

San Francisco to ban children's toys made with toxic chemicals; bisphenol A and phthalates targeted

11/23/2006 - Beginning Dec. 1, the city of San Francisco will begin enforcing a ban on the sale, distribution and manufacture of baby products that contain any level of the toxic chemical bisphenol A or certain levels of phthalates. Both chemicals -- which are used to harden or soften plastic products -- can...

Beauty to die for: health hazards of cosmetics and skin care products revealed

1/20/2006 - Your medicine cabinet is one of the most dangerous areas of your house, and not for the reasons you may think. Lurking just behind your bathroom mirror, where all of your favorite beauty products are housed, is a virtual toxic nightmare. The growing list of synthetic ingredients manufacturers add to...

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