The World Health Organization estimates that environmental factors are responsible for approx. 13% of the disease burden in Canada. Two major concerns are flame retardants and phthalates, which are used in many household items (foam furniture, appliances, cosmetics, plastics) and are released into the air, water and food we consume on a daily basis. For the past 40 years, Canadians have been exposed to these contaminants, beginning during early fetal stages. Recent evidence suggests that these environmental chemicals may have harmful effects on our reproductive health.
This panel discussion from McGill University is a Café Scientifique.
Date: May 12, 2015