For the first time ever, researchers are finding that levels of flame retardants (PDBEs) are declining in the bodies of American women. The study focused on the bodies of a group of California women, and found that the PDBE levels in their bodies were 65% lower than those found in pregnant women who were tested just three years ago. Considering that flame retardants wreak havoc on our bodies, disrupting thyroid hormones in women and their newborns, as well as reducing IQ and concentration in children exposed, these lowered levels are very encouraging. There’s still a lot of work to be done, considering that PDBEs are found in all manner of products, but these declining levels are certainly a good start. Click through to learn more about the study, as well as other flame retardants to watch out for:

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