You may not be able to see death coming. But sometimes, you can smell it.
A disturbing new report finally confirms that common chemicals used in many scented products could slowly be killing us.
These compounds are found practically everywhere you look indoors. Their lurking in many popular household products, air fresheners, cosmetics, and more.
They’re called phthalates. And the new report finds phthalates could ultimately be responsible for between 91,000 and 107,000 premature deaths in older Americans every year.
That’s roughly 2,000 deaths every week. Which is, of course, devastating enough on its own. But are you ready for the real shocker?
That number might be way too low. Because this study looked exclusively at the 55 to 64 age group. That means they completely MISSED any of the older or younger folks who’ve been hurt by these chemicals.
And that’s why it’s crucial to actively take steps on your own to reduce your exposure.
The problem with phthalates
Previously, scientists believed children were in the most danger from phthalates. Especially the littlest ones who put everything in their mouths.
And it’s true since phthalates can be found in everything from toys to flooring, there are lots of chances for the chemicals to enter children’s bodies. Once inside, they’ve been linked to developmental problems and hormonal issues.
But the new study shows adults aren’t off the hook, either. In many ways, we face some of the biggest dangers. Because adults with the highest levels of exposure to phthalates also have the highest risk of early death, especially from linked heart disease.
This is all being treated as a big shocker by the mainstream. But, to be honest, I don’t get why anyone would be surprised. The evidence has been there all along.
I’ve even shared a report with you in the past linking phthalates to some of today’s leading killers: heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
That was four years ago. And sadly, little has changed in that time. I’m betting little will change now, either.
That means the best way to protect yourself from phthalates is to make your own changes.
Beware of these 4 hiding spots for phthalates
Like I said earlier, phthalates are literally everywhere. It’s practically impossible to go through a day without coming into contact with them.
But with a bit of care, you can dramatically cut your exposure. And you’ll be slashing your risks right along with that drop.
To do that, you’re going to want to focus on these four common hiding spots…
You already know ultra-processed foods are junk. So this is just one more reason to avoid them. At nearly every stage of processing, our foods are being exposed to phthalates.
The best way to reduce your exposure through diet is to simply make your own meals from fresh ingredients. They’re far tastier and healthier anyway.
When a plastic container says it’s “microwave safe,” all it really means is that it won’t melt or explode. Sure, they’re safe for the microwave, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe for YOU.
Chemicals in the plastics can leech into the food, including dangerous phthalates. Switch to ceramic or glass storage and reheating containers. And avoid frozen microwave meals in general.
Phthalates aren’t typically found in the detergent ingredients. But instead, in the scents added to laundry soaps, spot cleaners, and fabric softeners. That freshly washed smell we all love so much is actually often a chemical illusion provided, in part, by phthalates.
Stick to unscented products for your laundry when possible. And while you’re at it, look for dye-free ones, too, since the other chemicals in them aren’t very healthy, either.
HAIR & SKIN:
The scents in our personal care products, including shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and more, often contain phthalates.
You can research online for “phthalate-free” products and check labels in the stores. In general, unscented versions are often your best bet. Also, the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database is an excellent resource for finding safer products.
Keep in mind this isn’t even close to an exhaustive list of the places you’ll find phthalates. They really are EVERYWHERE.
Phthalates are hidden in many types of shower curtains, air fresheners, flooring, toys, and food wrappers. They’re in a variety of medical devices and are even found in some medications.
In other words, it’s impossible to bring your exposure down to zero. But with some basic precautions, you can at least help minimize your exposure to phthalates and the risks that come with it.
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