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The 12 Worst Chemicals Lurking in Your Home

 

According to Yahoo, here are THE 12 WORST CHEMICALS LURKING IN YOUR HOME RIGHT NOW:

 

1. Bisphenol A, or BPA: This hormonal chemical has been found to act like estrogen, with current exposure levels leading to things like decreased sperm production in men, early puberty in girls, and fertility problems in both genders, or that animal studies have linked it to greater chances of miscarriage. BPA also interferes with metabolic hormones and plays a role in heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. BPA is found in the linings of food cans, and it's used as a coating on receipts. Opt for fresh, frozen, or homemade versions of your favorite canned foods. You can also limit additional exposures by rejecting unnecessary receipts when shopping.

2. Dioxins: Among their hormone-related effects: decreased fertility, diabetes, endometriosis, immune system problems, lowered testosterone levels, miscarriages, and reduced sperm counts and quality. Where they're found: Municipal waste incineration produces large quantities, but chemical bleaching of paper and wood pulp accounts for huge quantities in the air and water. Dioxins build up in the fatty tissues of animals and are very widespread in the food supply. Easiest way to avoid them: Reduce your consumption of fatty meat and dairy products.

3. Atrazine: Research has shown that the pesticide increases the activity of genes that cause infertility. Where it's found: Atrazine is the second most widely used herbicide in the U-S, and 86-percent of it is applied to corn. Easiest way to avoid it: Go organic! Organic farmers are prohibited from using toxic synthetic herbicides like atrazine. And eat less meat. Despite corn's reputation as serving as the building block for numerous processed-food ingredients, 80 percent of U.S.-grown corn is sold as animal feed. Eating tons of factory-farmed meat simply increases the demand for atrazine among corn growers.

 

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