Dangers of Synthetic Chemicals - Consumer Justice Foundation

Dangers of Synthetic Chemicals

Written by Faith Anderson on February 20, 2013
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Potentially Harmful Chemicals Found in Everyday Products

EDCs include Bisphenol A (BPA), which is a chemical used to harden plastic and is found in many food and beverage containers, and phthalates, a chemical long used in making plastics soft and flexible. Products made using phthalates include toys, pharmaceuticals and perfumes, as well as cosmetic products like deodorants that are absorbed by the body. Although some countries, including the United States and Canada, have already banned the use of these man-made chemicals in certain products, this new report indicates that “many hundreds of thousands” are still in use around the world. Unfortunately, researchers noted, manufacturers of consumer products fail to identify many of their chemical components. Because of this, researchers warn that the risk of disease from the use of EDCs “may be significantly underestimated.”

Possible Side Effects of Chemical Exposure

Based on studies of the effect of synthetic chemicals on humans and animals, the research team reported that a link to EDCs could be suspected in diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, asthma, infertility, strokes, obesity and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. According to this research, babies exposed to EDCs in the womb or children exposed in puberty were particularly vulnerable to developing these diseases later in life, in addition to struggling with learning and behavioral problems like dyslexia as children. “All of these complex non-communicable diseases have both a genetic and an environmental component,” the report noted. “Since the increases in incidence and prevalence cannot be due solely to genetics, it is important to focus on understanding the contribution of the environment to these chronic disease trends in humans.”

Contact a Qualified Lawyer for Legal Help

The issue of devastating medical conditions possibly being linked to man-made chemicals is a serious one, since substances like Bisphenol A and phthalates are found in many everyday products like baby bottles, plastic water bottles, canned foods and plastic food containers. Experts believe, in general, that such chemicals can be absorbed into drinks and food from the containers they come in, which, the U.N.-sponsored research team reports, could have a serious impact on human health. If you believe that you or a loved one has been adversely affected by Bisphenol A, phthalates or another potentially harmful synthetic chemical, our consumer advocates can put you in contact with a reputable attorney in your area. You may have grounds to file a product liability claim against the manufacturing company, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

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