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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-16-2007, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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fire retardant chemicals and hyperthyroidism

An interesting article in the paper this morning linking chemicals used to make flame retardant items in the home[furniture,carpets,televisions]to cats with hyperthyroidism.Apparently they found high levels of PBDEs in the blood of these cats
I had two cats with this disease when the second one was diagnosed the vet asked me laughingly if I lived under a power line, maybe it was not a joke.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-16-2007, 03:25 PM
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I live within 500 feet of an FAA Vortac (VOR/DME) tower. It's actually on my property. One of my vets is sure that it's the source of many of my animals' problems. Besides having had 7 cats and one horse with cancer, 4 cats and myself with immune system disorders, and myself and 3 horses with insulin resistance and hypothyroidism, my vets actually cringe when they see my name on the appointment list. When I take a cat in, it is very, very rarely something "normal", and quite often something thay have never seen before in a cat. One of the vets actually peeks in the door and says that (no offense) she hates to see me come in, because she feels so inadequate trying to figure out the problem, whatever it may be.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you criticize him, you're a mile away and you have his shoes.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-17-2007, 06:45 PM
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Cat Disease Linked To Flame Retardants In Furniture And To Pet Food

Cats ingest large amounts of PBDE-laden house dust that the researchers believe comes from consumer household products.

Science Daily — A mysterious epidemic of thyroid disease among pet cats in the United States may be linked to exposure to dust shed from flame retardants in household carpeting, furniture, fabrics and pet food, scientists are reporting in a new study.
Janice A. Dye, DVM, Ph.D., at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and colleagues from there as well as Indiana University and the University of Georgia, report evidence linking the disease to exposure to environmental contaminants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), which the researchers found to be elevated in blood samples of hyperthyroid cats. ... 122354.htm

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