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10 Hazardous Chemicals in Consumer Products


These days, more people are trying to eat healthily, drink a lot of water, be active, and generally afford the little items that make them happier in the long-run. These items vary in design and creation, but most carry one or two harmful chemicals that are known to cause problems within the human body. This is a real concern; eventually, people will encounter health issues from these hazardous chemicals.

Hazardous Chemicals


BPA is a synthetic hormone that has often been linked to a variety of different types of cancer, plus reproductive problems and, in some unique cases, heart diseases. Most canned goods include some BPA in the lining of the can. Other products where BPA is found include store receipts and plastic containers.


Dioxin is a type of carcinogen that is capable of building up within the body. When consumed in large amounts over time, dioxin is known to affect the immune and reproductive systems. Unfortunately, the American food supply is heavily contaminated with this carcinogen, including meat, fish, eggs, and butter.


Atrazine is a type of herbicide generally used by farmers and food production companies to treat corn crops. Besides corn, atrazine is regularly found in drinking water, and is known to cause breast tumors and prostate cancer in those exposed to large amounts. To avoid atrazine, buy organic products and utilize a water filter whenever possible.


Believe it or not, asbestos is still around in some form today, despite many places banning its use. Consumers can find asbestos within their automotive brake pads, automotive clutches, vinyl tiling, and roofing material. Unfortunately, no risk assessment to determine how unhealthy this is has been researched.


PERC doesn’t sound like it would be particularly harmful, but that is where one is mistaken. PERC is quite dangerous, and can be found in dry-cleaning fluid, spot removers, and water repellents. PERC is a carcinogen, so be wary of breathing it in.


Perchlorate is commonly found as a component of rocket fuel, which makes us wonder why people are ingesting this hazardous chemical. When consumed in large quantities, Perchlorate is known to disrupt thyroid function. You can find it in produce and milk, both of which are nearly impossible to avoid altogether.


Lead is one of the most common hazardous materials known to mankind, and yet it is not quite avoidable yet. Most think that if you avoid eating paint, you can avoid lead poisoning. However, lead has been found in drinking water, too. Use a filter to prevent contaminants from spreading.


Arsenic is highly dangerous, and has bee known to cause skin, bladder, and lung cancer. Sadly, arsenic has been found in trace amounts of water across the country. To avoid arsenic, use a water filter.


P-dichlorobenzene sounds odd, but it can actually be quite deadly. The hazardous chemical has been found within moth balls (not too dangerous) and deodorant, which is an item most consumers use on a daily basis. P-dichlorobenzene has been known to cause both liver and nerve damage to the human system.


DEHA is a unique substance that is found within plastic wrap and PVC plastic, so those working with either material are at an exceptional risk for issues. DEHA has been linked to developmental toxicity, which tends to affect newborns more often than not. This interferes with normal growth in a child and is generally considered irreversible.

These are just a few of the hazardous chemicals found in every day consumer products that you must try to avoid.

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