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Thursday, 21 January 2010

Why Your Sofa Could Harm Your Health.

This is an extract from today's Guardian newspaper.

A common household chemical found in everything from sofas and carpets to pots and pans has been linked to an increased risk of thyroid disease, in the first major study carried out on its effect upon health. The substance, used to make nonstick cookware, stain-resistant furnishings and greaseproof wrappers, is believed to get into the body through contaminated food or household dust. Once in the body it accumulates in organs and other tissues. People with high levels of the chemical in their blood were found to be twice as likely to have thyroid problems as those with the lowest levels, according to a survey of medical records of nearly 4,000 otherwise healthy US adults. The study is published in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives. Click here to read the remainder of this article.

1 comment:

Susan at Stony River said...

I used to be a research librarian, and one of our projects was the effects of household chemicals on the immune and nervous systems -- prompted by our previous work on Gulf War syndrome. Amazing what new carpet, mattresses, paint and more could do to people; mostly fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and respiratory problems, but some people's experiences were terrible.

Thanks for the link!