Fire retardants in upholstery – a cause of Feline Hyperthyroid

I read a recent article about fire retardants and their effect on humans http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Chemicals-in-furniture-hard-to-avoid-4072857.php.

Arlene Blum who is quoted in this story has written extensively linking fire retardants to Feline Hyperthyroid when her cat Midnight suddenly became ill. While she is quoted in this story there is no mention of exposing the effects on cats. We’ve posted her article on cats before, but with so many new readers of our newsletter we wanted to bring it back, and with additional information.

An excerpt from an article which appeared in the New York Times, September 6, 2012:

The purge happened in 2007, after Blum’s 14-pound cat Midnight began losing weight. The vet diagnosed feline hyperthyroidism, a disease that was unknown until 1979 but is now considered one of the most common endocrine disorders in cats. Blum wondered if there might be a possible link between feline hyperthyroidism and penta, a flame retardant that was withdrawn from the market in 2004, so her vet suggested sending a vial of Midnight’s blood to a researcher in Illinois. Sure enough, Midnight’s blood was 28 parts per million penta. Thinking that flame retardants in her aging sofa might be migrating into her household’s dust, Blum got rid of it. Four years later, the penta levels in her dust had dropped to 3 parts per million from 95 parts per million.

You’ll want to read this article to learn more about the toxins which could be in your furniture, as well as to learn about this fascinating woman who climbs mountains (she was the first woman to attempt Mt Everest), is an environmental health scientist, author, she teaches executives how to work with other cultures, and so much more – and she’s 67 years old! Thank goodness for us she has so much energy and smarts! And she loves cats. We love HER!

http://www.arleneblum.com/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/magazine/arlene-blums-crusade-against-household-toxins.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


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