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Hormones Disrupted: Toxic Phthalates in Maine People

In December, 25 Maine people volunteered to have their bodies tested for the presence of phthalates in their bodies. The results were released this month in a report by the Alliance for a Clean and Health MaineHormones Disrupted: Toxic Phthalates in Maine People. The results are concerning. We found that the bodies of all 25 Mainers were polluted with phthalates. Eight of those individuals had levels in the top 5% of phthalate exposure nationally and another four had exposure levels in the top 10% nationally.

The Maine Women's Policy Center is a proud member of the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine. Our Director of Program and Development had the opportunity to act as a Research Assistant for this project. 

One of those tested was Maine Women's Lobby board member Paige Holmes. Even though Paige, who is the mother of two sons – Owen (age 2) and Mason (age 6), tries to avoid using products that might have phthalates, she had the highest overall level of phthalates of the entire group. Phthalates are used to soften vinyl plastics and are found in a variety of every day products, including shower curtains, rain coats & boots, kids’ backpacks & lunch boxes, as well as in the “fragrance” found in many personal care products, cosmetics, and lotions.

Many scientific studies have linked phthalates to serious health issues such as birth defects of male sex organs, learning & behavior problems, and asthma & allergies. Pregnant women and young children are especially vulnerable to phthalate exposure. But today parents and pregnant women can’t get the information they need to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.

Maine kids need us to take action. That’s why Mainers across the state are signing a citizen-led petition to initiate rule-making before the Maine DEP on the reporting of dangerous phthalates in consumer products. Want to help? There’s still time to collect signatures in your town. Contact Kathy at 207.622.0851 x25 or to find out how you can help or to sign a petition in your area.

Read Hormones Disrupted online

Read Paige's blog post on her results at Safer Chemicals Healthy Families




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