Sunday, October 19, 2008

Air Fresheners could be bad for your health

Being exposed to chemicals from air fresheners just once a week may be hazardous to your health.

What do you freshen your air with?

We use then everywhere, in the car, house, and office to make our air smell better. But as usual its buyer beware, recent research found that being exposed to chemicals from air fresheners you run the risk of a number of pulmonary diseases.

And it gets worse, last year the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) evaluated 14 air fresheners of which 12 had varying amounts of phthalates.

Phthalates are chemicals that may affect fertility, cause cancer, and trigger development abnormalities in infants.

Studies have shown people being exposed as little as once a week may increase your odds of developing asthma symptoms by 71%.

Another study showed people with high levels of dichlorobenzene that is commonly found in air fresheners were more likely to experience a decline in lung function.

Some air fresheners emit pollutants that create high levels of formaldehyde that is shown to cause cancer in animals.

What Are Phthalates?

Phthalates are not chemically bound to the material that they are added to so they can be released from the products that contain them. This can be by water, air, or absorbed through the skin!

Phthalates are a family of industrial chemicals that are used as plastic softeners or solvents in many different consumer products. They are also found in many leading beauty care products, including hair spray, deodorant, nail polish and perfume that you may be using everyday.

Phthalates have been widely used for over 50 years and are found throughout developed communities around the world and in the environment.

So avoiding them would be impossible, but I see no reason to purposely stick them under my nose given the risk reward ratio.

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