From Dr. Mercola:
While the World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 4 deaths are related to living and working in a toxic environment1,2,3,4 — with air pollution being the greatest contributor—your diet, personal care, and common household products likely pose the most immediate risk to your and your family’s health.
Repeated tests have confirmed that those who eat primarily organic foods tend to have far lower levels of toxins in their system. Your choice of household goods, building materials, and furniture can also play a role, as many contain toxic chemicals like flame retardants and formaldehyde.
Do You Have Toxic Flooring in Your Home?
In fact, according to a recent report5 by the National Center for Environmental Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, formaldehyde in certain laminate floors may pose a greater health risk than previously suspected.
Not only does the report say that everyone exposed can experience some adverse health effects, the lifetime cancer risk is also higher than previously estimated. These issues are specifically associated with laminate wood flooring produced in China and sold by Lumber Liquidators.
The company announced it stopped selling this type of flooring last year, but if you already have it installed in your house, it may pose a hidden, long-term health risk to everyone in your home. According to CNN:6
“The lifetime cancer risk increased from the previous estimate of 2 to 9 extra cases for every 100,000 people to between 6 and 30 extra cases per 100,000 people…
Individuals who have this type of flooring should take steps to reduce exposure, including opening windows daily to get fresh air, using exhaust fans and reducing other sources of formaldehyde, such as tobacco smoke.
Anyone with the floors who is experiencing symptoms such as eye irritation and breathing difficulty should seek medical attention. Professional air testing should be considered if symptoms are persistent.”
On March 22, 2016, Lumber Liquidators Inc. paid a $2.5 million settlement to the California Air Resources Board7 over charges that the company “failed to take reasonable prudent precautions to ensure those products met such limits designed to protect public health.”
Toxic Burden Becoming Evident in Health Statistics
Health statistics suggest the toxic burden is becoming too great for children and adults alike, and warnings have been issued by a number of different organizations, agencies, and health experts around the world.
Dr. David Bellinger, a professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School estimates Americans have lost a total of 16.9 million IQ points due to exposure to organophosphate pesticides.9 A recent report10,11 by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics12 warns that chemical exposures now represent a major threat to human health and reproduction. An Endocrine Society task force also recently issued a new scientific statement13,14 on endocrine-disrupting chemicals, noting that the health effects of hormone-disrupting chemicals are such that everyone needs to take proactive steps to avoid them.