Daily Toxic Chemicals: 8 Key Exposures

Bisphenol A (BPA)

Found in certain plastics, food containers, and thermal paper receipts, BPA is an endocrine disruptor that can mimic hormones and may have adverse effects on reproductive and developmental health.

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Phthalates, found in personal care products, vinyl flooring, and plastic toys, are endocrine disruptors linked to reproductive and developmental problems.

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Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is commonly found in building materials, furniture, and household products, and can cause respiratory issues, eye irritation, and long-term health risks when released into the air.

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An antibacterial agent found in many personal care products (such as soaps, toothpaste, and hand sanitizers), triclosan can contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It may also disrupt hormonal regulation.

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Lead, found in older homes with lead-based paint, contaminated soil, and certain plumbing fixtures, poses significant risks to children, including developmental delays, learning difficulties, and organ damage.

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Primarily found in certain fish species, mercury is a neurotoxin that can accumulate in the body over time. Exposure to high levels of mercury can harm the nervous system, especially in developing fetuses and young children.

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Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

PFOA, a PFAS chemical, commonly found in non-stick cookware, waterproof fabrics, and some food packaging, has been associated with health concerns like kidney and testicular cancer.

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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs in paints, cleaning supplies, and air fresheners contribute to indoor air pollution, causing respiratory issues, headaches, and allergies.

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