Flame Retardant in Blood Linked to Thyroid Problems
About the Flame Retardant Study
Subtle ingestion of flame retardants is now shown to have some relation to hormone function by the way they cling to fatty tissue, although direct correlation has still not been proven.
When studying different levels of flame retardant concentrations in the blood and health complications in women surveyed in 2003 and 2004, a link was found.
Compared to women with the lowest blood concentrations of flame retardants, women with the highest levels in their blood were 48 to 78 percent more likely to have thyroid problems, the study found.
How to Prevent Health Complications
The chemicals, polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs, are used as a clothing or upholstery flame retardant that can be found everywhere in the home, schools, and work places.
These chemicals are stealthy and persistent. They are easily ingested without recognition as they cling to dust particles in the home especially.
Washing hands before eating and constant cleaning of immediate environment are recommended in order to lower PBDE levels.