Worrying research on the harmful effects of the chemicals used in the products we use daily. Why it pays to get to know the products we purchase –
The more flame retardants a pregnant woman is exposed to, the greater the chances her child will have lower intelligence. A new paper in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives calculated that every tenfold increase in exposure to chemicals called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) was linked to a 3.7 point decline in IQ test scores in children. This potential effect is significant. By comparison, a tenfold increase in prenatal exposure to lead—a notorious neurotoxin—is associated with a 7 point decline in intelligence scores in children.