December 10, 2007

chemical+fertility overview

I'm always on the lookout for all the unsavory toxins that green advocates swear we should avoid. I get so caught up in avoiding them I sometimes forget what they are exactly and why I am avoiding them in the first place. You too?

Here is a great review, from Grist, of chemicals we encounter and how they are a threat to fertility and reproduction. Read the whole thing (it is cheeky and informative). They cover all the popular toxins, such as Bisphenol A (BPA), Phthalates, Persistent organic pollutants (POPs), Perchlorate, Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and Alkylphenols, aka surface actant agents (surfactants).

The author playfully defines each element and offers on each one:
"Have I been exposed to them?"
"How the hell did that happen?"
and "Scary! So how do I avoid this crap?"

Now that is a cheat-sheet for me, alright!

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