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Health Problems from Common Chemicals Cost $340 Billion per Year: Study

A new study in the journal The Lancet shows that conditions linked to everyday chemicals used in cosmetics, plastics and common household items like sofas lead to $340 billion in treatment and lost productivity costs annually in the U.S., Time.com reports. The study used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on flame retardants, phthalates, organophosphate pesticides and similar substances, but even so, the American Chemistry Council, a lobbying group for chemical manufacturers, criticized the paper for using research that shows links between certain household chemicals and endocrine disruption rather than causation.

I’ve pointed out the hypocrisy of the American Chemistry Council and its tunnel vision “science” that has ignored real harms numerous times. For example, the Council has continually insisted that Bisphenol-A (BPA) — which has been found to have a plausible link to endocrine disruption and obesity, hyperactivity, altered immune function and more — is safe and has opposed both state and federal legislative proposals to ban the chemical.

The Council also insists that flame retardants are safe, but the kicker is that last year this industry front group was caught co-authoring its own oversight rules for a proposed chemical safety law for the EPA — a law that could take away states’ rights to restrict toxic chemicals on their own! If you want to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, use glass instead of plastic at home, look for products that come in glass bottles, shop organic by buying mostly fresh whole foods and use only fragrance-free products for personal hygiene.
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