Attack of the killer carpets
It’s like something out of a bad sci-fi film. Your curtains squirt deadly fumes into the air as you sleep. Your carpet releases an invisible puff of poison with every step. Is it a nightmare — or are your household items really attacking you?
It may sound like a plot Hitchcock would have dreamed up — but there’s more truth to it than you may think. According to a new study out of Taiwan, many of the items in your household aren’t just attacking you — you’re being positively “carpet bombed.”
In fact, researchers say that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), chemicals commonly found in carpeting, fabrics, cosmetics, paper coatings, and dozens of other household goods, may be causing permanent damage to your thyroid leaving you sicker, more tired, and more depressed than ever.
For their study, which was just published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers analyzed PFC levels and thyroid function for more than 1,100 people who took part in a U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. PFCs aren’t like other toxins you can just wash off of your hands or flush out of your body — once they’re in your system, they tend to stick around a LONG time.
And while they’re lurking in your body they’re literally unleashing hell on your thyroid. Taiwanese researchers learned that high PFC levels can significantly alter your thyroid function. They can even boost the risk of hypothyroidism in women leading to nasty symptoms including fatigue, depression, obesity, dry skin and hair, constipation, and irregular menstruation.
(PFC’s aren’t the only dangerous chemicals that could be lurking in your carpet. Another class of chemicals, that ironically is supposed to make your home safer, could be putting any children in your life in serious danger. Click here to learn more.)
PFCs have once again been called out onto the carpet — and it’s clearer than ever that we need them out of our lives permanently. If you’re exhibiting any of the symptoms of irregular thyroid function, go get yourself checked. You may find that the culprit has been right under your feet all along.
Chemicals in Carpets, Cosmetics Tied to Thyroid Problems: (nlm.nih.gov)