12 Jun '11, 12am

New Government Report Says Formaldehyde Causes Cancer: via @addthis

New Government Report Says Formaldehyde Causes Cancer: via @addthis

The powerful industrial chemical formaldehyde, along with a botanical called aristolochic acids and which is found in some herbal remedies, are “known human carcinogens” according to the 12th and latest Report on Carcinogens released Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The report also said styrene and 5 other chemicals may cause cancer in humans. That brings the total of known and suspected carcinogens on the government list to 240. Formaldehyde – widely used in products ranging from plywood to nail polish remover to hair straightening formulas, not to mention embalming fluid – has been suspect for some time now, and has also been known to cause a host of allergic reactions and respiratory problems. So why did it take so long for the government to confirm what many have long believed to be true? Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist at the Natural Resou...

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