3.23.2005

Your shower curtain and your garden hose are trying to kill you...

As an unintended follow-up to my mad cow post last week... more news about more things that are dangerous for us. The summary of the following news story brings to the forefront how much progress and technology has excelled in consumer products (and food) with complete lack of thought towards the actual safety of the person using/consuming this product. It's enough to make you paranoid!

Here's the beef, so to speak...

A study looked at 44 different chemicals in six classes that are common to comsumer products but have been associated with health problems. 70 participants nationwide were asked to send in samples from their vacumcleaners after 1 week of vacuming. The study, one of the first of its kind, showed that hidden away in dust balls in vacuum cleaner bags were 35 toxic industrial chemicals that are legal in products but have been shown to cause reproductive, respiratory and other health problems in humans or test animals.

The greatest amount were the little-known phthalates, plasticizers used to soften everything vinyl, including flooring, raincoats, shoes and purses, tablecloths, shower curtains, upholstery, carpet backing, garden hoses and PVC water pipes.

Here's the whole story...

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