Environmental Exposures

What are examples of hazards?

First, we will define what a hazard is and then dive into the various types of hazards you have seen or read about.  The goal is to inform you in an effort to protect you and your loved ones.    What is a hazard?   Sometimes, the meaning of hazard is unclear. Dictionary definitions often […]

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PBDE Flame Retardants

What are PBDE Flame Retardants? Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are a class of flame retardant compounds. They are used to reduce the flammability of items in our homes, including textiles, foam in furniture,  carpet padding, and plastic housings for electronics. They are also used in construction materials,  automobiles and airplanes. How are we exposed to PBDEs? […]

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DDT Pesticides, PCBs, & Other Organochlorines

What are Organochlorines? Organochlorines are a class of compounds with a similar chemical structure that persist in the environment and in the bodies of humans and other animals long after their use, including Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, and Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, among others. What is DDT? DDT was widely used as a pesticide in agriculture […]

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