Toxins in School Supplies Linked to ADHD, Diabetes, Obesity, and More

We’ve all heard the warnings about pesticides and other contaminants in our food, and the cautionary advice to buy organic.  We’ve even heard of toxic chemicals in shampoos, conditioners, laundry detergents, and cleaning products, and maybe we’ve considered switching over to safer alternatives.  Now we have to worry about children being exposed to toxins in their binders, backpacks, raincoats, and other school supplies?

The sad answer is yes. 

A recent article from Red Orbit reports that school supplies are laden with heavy metals and phthalates which can cause serious damage – think asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, diabetes, cancer, early puberty, infertility, and obesity. Read below for the full article.

Back-To-School Supplies Could Be Carrying Toxic Chemicals (via redOrbit)

Connie K. Ho for – Your Universe Online Dora the Explorer. Spiderman. Disney characters. These are just a few of the figures that are found adorned on school supplies. However, it is important to point out to parents that many of their children’s favorite back-to-school supplies carrying…

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