"Phthalates are plasticizers that help to make plastics and vinyl flexible. They also help to make products more durable and have a longer shelf life. Phthalates are almost always formulated to produce synthetic scents and fragrances. 

The thing about these toxins is that they are considered endocrine disruptors, meaning that they mimic hormones, leading to infertility, thyroid dysfunction, and breast cancer. Studies have also shown that phthalates lead to long-term kidney damage. A study in the Environmental Health Perspectives, found that high levels of phthalates can even cause DNA damage in human sperm. 

Phthlates are commonly found in laundry detergent, deodorant, cosmetics, vinyl, carpet and anything with a fragrance or perfume. Cleaning products, plastic bottles, plastic wrap, and plastic food containers are other common products that contain this chemical. 

Phthlates are NOT listed on ingredient lists, therefore it is important to avoid anything that has added fragrances. The best way to avoid this toxin is to buy products that are not stored in plastic containers. Use DIY hair, skin care, and household cleaners whenever possible." Dr Andrea Wick 

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