Our Polluted World

We are reading and hearing more and more about toxic chemicals that are in our environment and causing health problems in all age groups. Chemicals used to make household products are being found in breast milk, blood and urine and experts fear that they may be linked to human diseases such as breast and testicular cancer and may even threaten fertility.

Of particular concern are phthalates found in cosmetics and perfumes, shampoos, deodorants, nail varnishes and conditioners. Dr. David Santillo, at Exeter University, says: ‘If they are present in the blood stream they are capable of crossing the placenta to the womb and be absorbed by the unborn child’.

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