Saturday, May 29, 2010

invisable phthalates

Phthalates are found in plastic containers, personal care products, car interiors and synthetic mattresses. Women with high, or even low levels of phthalates during pregnancy risk giving birth to boys with hypospadias, a malformation of the penis, one of the most common birth defects and one which is occurring more often.

It's hard to avoid phthalates as they are not listed in ingredients, the best way to lessen your intake of them is to avoid PVC plastic (shower curtains, raincoats, kids toys, backpacks), don't wear nail polish, buy personal care products such as shampoos and cosmetics that list Fragrance as an ingredient and don't sit on a brand new couch!

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