Flame retardants pose poison risk to Americans. (via Dave Barry) In this article, the author cites an experiment where PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ether), a flame retardant, disrupts brain development in mice. Well, I looked up a paper where another experiment was done–this time PBDE was added to a strain of cancerous breast cells expressing the estrogen receptor. This experiment showed that PBDE hyperactivated the estrogen receptor. Now I understand–hormone levels in pregnant women are messed up with PBDE. And didn’t I say before that hormone levels affected brain development?
Darn it, I’ve got to stop looking up everything. I need to read a trashy novel or meditate or something.