Dr. Andrea Maxim

Naturopathic Doctor, Author


Flame Retardant Exposure Decreases IQ in Children

Watch Flame Retardants in Home – Linked to Neurodevelopmental Delays in Children

Written by Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor

Another reason to avoid endocrine disruptors in the home: Neurodevelopmental delays in children.  Regardless of time of exposure, in utero or as an infant, these toxic chemicals are seriously messing up children’s minds.  Mom’s exposure alone can cause fertility issues making conception difficult, something I treat with almost every patient.  Let’s not forget though, the more fat cells mom has, the more accumulation of these toxic chemicals she has as most toxins are fat soluble.  Once pregnant, the fetus can be exposed to what ever the mother was exposed to prior to and during conception.  Even after birth, the infant is still exposed to toxins through breast milk.

Previous articles I have written highlighted the issues with other common estrogen disruptors: bisphenol A (BPA) and its metabolites. This latest study focuses on the exposure of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), the endocrine distruptors found in flame retardant materials.  These are found in foam furniture, carpets, upholstery, electronics and even more scary, children’s clothing, blankets and PJs.

Whether inhaled or ingested, exposure to PBDEs has shown to decrease IQ, fine motor coordination, attention span, working memory, verbal comprehension, and processing speed.  Blood levels taken from both mom and babe showed a relationship between exposure in utero and childhood developmental markers.

How can you protect yourself and your family from these toxins? A good start may be to seal tears in couches and furniture and clean and dust frequently.  How about purchasing clothing, furniture and foods that are free of these chemicals in the first place? Many all-natural products exist and are relatively inexpensive. And of course there’s always my favourite thing to do: Detox, Detox, Detox!

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University of California – Berkeley (2012, November 15). Flame retardants used in foam upholstered furniture and other products linked to neurodevelopmental delays in children.ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 20, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­/releases/2012/11/121115133146.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fhealth_medicine%2Fpregnancy_and_childbirth+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Health