Plastic’s Harmful Side Effects

by Jon Henshaw

Salon.com reports that “Chemicals in common household products disrupt the development of reproductive organs in unborn baby boys, scientists report.”

Scientists in America have found the first evidence that common chemicals used in products as diverse as cosmetics, toys, plastic wrap and plastic bags may harm the development of unborn baby boys. Researchers have long known that high levels of substances called phthalates have gender-bending effects on male animals, making them more feminine and leading to poor sperm quality and infertility. The new study suggests that even normal levels of phthalates, which are ubiquitous, can disrupt the development of male babies’ reproductive organs.

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