Is that Couch Making you Fat? Flame Retardants and Obesity

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Flame retardants used in furniture, electronics, appliances, vehicles, clothing, and building materials (and liberally coating hospital interiors) have been demonstrated to be toxic to hormones and are thus called "endocrine disruptors".  Exposure during pregnancy has also been shown to impact hormone and brain development in offspring. Concentrations in humans and wildlife have been doubling every 2 to 5 years, with the exception of Sweden where flame retardants are banned.

Avoid buying any foam containing products (carpet pads, pillows, mattresses), use a vacuum with a HEPA filter frequently, and buy furniture and clothing with natural fibers - ask the manufacturer about flame retardants in the product.

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KELLY BROGAN, MD, is a holistic psychiatrist, author of the New York Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your OwnOwn Your Self, the children’s book, A Time For Rain, and co-editor of the landmark textbook Integrative Therapies for Depression. She is the founder of the online healing program Vital Mind Reset, and the membership community, Vital Life Project. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from M.I.T. in Systems Neuroscience. She is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. Learn More