02 March 2009

Health Risks of Phthalates



Health Risks of Phthalates: "Phthalate exposure has been linked to higher risk of liver cancers in both humans and animals.
In adult human men, phthalates have been linked to greater waist circumference and higher insulin resistance, a common precursor to type 2 (adult onset) diabetes.

They have been linked to thyroid irregularities, asthma, and skin allergies in both sexes. Though the exact mechanism is unclear, studies have linked higher rates of respiratory infections and other symptoms in children living in houses with vinyl floors.

One possible explanation is inhalation of dust tainted by phthalates, which are used in cosmetics such as nail polishes and hand creams precisely because of their ability to bind to human tissues."

By kerryg
Photo by dboy @ flickr - this photo sure gets your attention! :)

From Denny: Wow! You might want to read this warning of a common chemical found in your everyday life that interferes with your health! I knew some of it but this writer gave more details.

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