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Thursday, June 25, 2015

These Chemicals Are in Products You Use Everyday -- And They Can Kill You

These Chemicals Are in Products You Use Everyday -- And They Can Kill You
Today's savvy shopper is more likely to read labels on products than ever before. Not only do they want to know information about calories, sodium and fat content, but now shoppers need to be aware of chemicals in products that can harm them.

Here are 5 chemicals found in products used every day that can cause your arteries to become clogged. Clogged arteries can restrict blood flow throughout the body and increase the risk for heart attack, stroke and death.

#1 - Bisphenol-A (BPA): This chemical is particularly dangerous as it can develop a deadly type of plaque in the arteries that can rupture and cause sudden heart attack that often kills. It also increases the risk of prostate and breast cancer and obesity. Where to find BPA: Water bottles, canned food, and even thermal paper used to print sales receipts.

#2 - Phthalates: Even children can develop high blood pressure from this chemical. Other dangers include hardened arteries, birth defects, obesity, and diabetes. Where to find Phthalates: Lotions and other personal care products that are scented, like hair sprays, and cosmetics.

#3 - Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs): This chemical can restrict blood flow, raise blood pressure, and even lower your IQ. Where to find PBDEs: This chemical is used in new mattresses, carpeting, and even clothing.

#4 - Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs): This chemical is responsible not just for heart disease but also for thyroid malfunction, low sperm count, and kidney disease. Where to find PFCs: In any product that advertises it is water-resistant. This includes cookware, clothing, and furniture.

#5 - Perchlorate: This chemical is used to produce stain-killing properties. It is used by 85 percent of dry cleaners. It is suspected to be a carcinogen (cancer-causing) and can affect the liver. Where to find Perchlorate: Dry cleaned goods. Best to air out clothing for several days before wearing.

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