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Everyday Chemicals Linked to Chronic Disease in Men

In another indictment of everyday plastics most people don’t think twice about using, the University of Adelaide, Australia, reports that their researchers have linked plastics to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure in men. According to Science Daily, the main suspects are phthalates used in food packaging and wrappings, toys, medications and medical devices.

Phthalates are truly a bane to everyday life, as they are everywhere, no matter which gender we’re talking about. And, yes, they are a staple in your child’s plastic toys. Phthalates are proven endocrine disruptors, linked to cancers, asthma, neurodevelopmental issues, lower IQ, behavior issues and male reproductive problems — so why are they still being used?

The answer is that ExxonMobil, the largest publicly held gas and oil company, is fighting to keep phthalates in your children’s toys and everyday household products, claiming they are safe — even though in 2014 the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) recommended banning eight phthalates from children’s toys. But despite the mandated timeframe of 180 days in 2014, the CPSC has yet to finalize their ban, meaning it’s up to you to look out for yourself and your children when it comes to these dangerous chemicals.

Begin by reading labels, looking for PVC-free products, including children’s lunch boxes, backpacks and storage containers. Refuse to purchase or use plastic food containers and plastic wrap. Store food and drinks in glass containers.

Ask your pharmacist if your prescription pills are coated to control when they dissolve as the coating may contain phthalates. Dust rooms with vinyl blinds, wallpaper, flooring and furniture that may contain phthalates as the chemical collects in dust on the floor, and avoid products labeled with “fragrance,” as this catch-all term may include hidden phthalates commonly used to stabilize the scent and extend the life of the product.
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