(NaturalNews) Formaldehyde is present in relatively benign quantities in nature; however its presence in manufactured goods is a major health concern because according to a significant body of research, it is a known carcinogenic substance.
Recently the U.S Department of Health and Human Services released a report on newly designated carcinogens that included formaldehyde. The report went on to suggest that people in certain industries were especially vulnerable to the effects of exposure such as those workers who worked in nail salons, in the funeral industry, and in industries which useformaldehydeto produce commonhouseholditems includinghomefurnishings, cleansers andpersonal care products. People who are exposed to concentrated levels of formaldehyde are more likely to develop certain cancers such as nasopharyngealcancerand myeloid leukemia.
While some effort has been made to limit the quantities of formaldehyde used in manufacturing, such as restrictions recently placed by the US in The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, thistoxicchemical remains a significanthealthrisk especially in confined spaces for prolonged periods of time. Continue Reading