Monday, December 3, 2012

Phthalates: Used everyday by YOU and deadly!

Phthalates are used in a large variety of products, including adhesives and glues, electronics, agricultural adjuvants, building materials, personal-care products, medical devices, detergents and surfactants, packaging, children's toys, modeling clay, waxes, paints, printing inks and coatings, pharmaceuticals, food products, and textiles.

Phthalates are easily released into the environment because there is no covalent bond between the phthalates and plastics in which they are mixed. As plastics age and break down, the release of phthalates accelerates.

In studies of rodents exposed to certain phthalates, high doses have been shown to change hormone levels and cause birth defects. In November 2009, Swan et al., in the International Journal of Andrology, in a paper titled "Prenatal phthalate exposure and reduced masculine play in boys",
"... suggest that prenatal exposure to antiandrogenic phthalates may be associated with less male-typical play behaviour in boys. ... [and] ... suggest that these ubiquitous environmental chemicals have the potential to alter androgen-responsive brain development in humans."

Exposure to Phthalates can cause cancer, diabetes, disrupted insulin production, low birth weight, increases risk of cardiovascular disease, and many other harmful things. EdenFantasys carries Phthalates-free toys, even food grade and hypo-allergenic toys. In 2009, Congress banned certain phthalates in children's toys. Make sure all of your childrens toys, sippy cups, bottles, etc are all phthalates free. This stuff is way hard core. It's a lot worse than I thought it was. If you have any questions about phthalates or safe adult novelties from EdenFantasys, please don't hesitate to ask.
References & Research
  1. ^ "ACC Addresses Phthalates Safety" on YouTube: video of Steve Risotto of the American Chemistry Council, uploaded by user AmericanChemistry on 23 Oct 2009, retrieved 23 Dec 2011.
  2. a b c Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, U.S. CDC, July 2005.
  3. a b c d Rudel R, Perovich L (January 2008). "Endocrine disrupting chemicals in indoor and outdoor air"Atmospheric Environment 43 (1): 170–81.
  4. ^ Hallmark N, Walker M, McKinnell C, et al. (March 2007). "Effects of Monobutyl and Di(n-butyl) Phthalate in Vitro on Steroidogenesis and Leydig Cell Aggregation in Fetal Testis Explants from the Rat: Comparison with Effects in Vivo in the Fetal Rat and Neonatal Marmoset and in Vitro in the Human"Environ. Health Perspect. 115 (3): 390–6. doi:10.1289/ehp.9490PMC 1849934PMID 17431488.
  5. ^ Huber WW, Grasl-Kraupp B, Schulte-Hermann R. (1996). "Hepatocarcinogenic potential of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate in rodents and its implications on human risk". Crit Rev Toxicol 26 (4): 365–481. doi:10.3109/10408449609048302PMID 8817083.
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  7. ^ AU: S. H. Swan AU: F. Liu AU: M. Hines AU: R. L. Kruse AU: C. Wang AU: J. B. Redmon AU: A. Sparks AU: B. Weiss TI: Prenatal phthalate exposure and reduced masculine play in boys SO: International Journal of Andrology VL: 9999 NO: 9999 YR: 2009 CP: © 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 European Academy of Andrology ON: 1365-2605 PN: 0105-6263 AD: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA; Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK; Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA; Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA; Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA; Department of Environmental Medicine, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USAdoi:10.1111/j.1365-2605.2009.01019.x

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