A recent study showed that common foods like rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon, sausage, butter, cheese, and milk are sources of toxic flame retardants, known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), that find their way into humans.
While foods are an alarming source of flame retardants, they are not alone. Furniture, especially mattresses, are sprayed with flame retardants that appear to off-gas for years. Some of the virtually odorless fire retardants used on mattresses have even been linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in some studies.
Even in small quantities, some of the gases emitted from flame retardants have been found to interrupt the transfer of nervous impulses from the brain to the heart and lungs, effectively shutting down the central nervous system. Not surprising when you know that some of the gases emitted from flame retardants are considered more than one thousand times more toxic than carbon monoxide.
Learn ways to reduce your risk on page 2…