How Phthalate Chemical DEHP Triggers Birth Defects, Infertility Uncovered – Chemical Free Life
The common phthalate chemical DEHP has been linked with a number of serious health problems (including obesity and diabetes discovered in two U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) studies). Just as problematic, DEHP has also been associated with human reproductive abnormalities and scientists at Harvard Medical School and the New York State Department of Health have just discovered how: the chemical likely does its damage at the molecular level. More specifically, the new scientific study has revealed the process by which the common phthalate chemical DEHP (used to make plastic flexible) triggers birth defects, miscarriage and male infertility. The study results revealed that DEHP causes molecular damage by interfering with proper cell division during egg formation. This leads to excessive DNA breakage and alters chromosome appearance.
For years, scientists have linked exposure to DEHP, short for BIS(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate — a chemical added to many plastics to make them flexible — to increased risk of health problems, including reproductive abnormalities such as birth defects and male infertility.
U.S. federal and state agencies responded to the scientific findings by passing laws limiting (but not outright banning) the percentage of DEHP and other phthalates in children’s toys, food packaging, drinking water and other items, although DEHP can still be found in everyday products ranging from medical devices, to rain gear, to shampoo, not to mention processed food packaging containers.