Phthalates, we have established, are bad news and have been linked to childhood obesity, lower IQ, and type 2 diabetes. Evidence also continues to mount in their role in miscarriages. A new study of more than 300 women found that high levels of three phthalates in particular: diethyl phthalate (DEP), di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP) and di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP), were associated with pregnancy loss, mostly between five and thirteen weeks. A ban of several phthalates in children’s toys and products has been a consumer-led step forward, but numerous phthalates still exist in personal care products, paint, and food packaging. Despite several other studies that corroborate this link, no direct proof has been established that the phthalates are the cause of miscarriage. The researchers, however, said the study’s results are “significant enough to merit taking action in the aim to reduce or prevent phthalate exposure to pregnant women.” Since the specific, potentially harmful phthalates are included in a variety of consumer products and most pregnant women don’t walk around checking to make sure everything they use or buy is free of DEP, DiBP, and DnBP, wouldn’t it just make more sense to ban all phthalates?
via Yahoo News