Products Safety Commission (CPSC) knows
which chemicals are used to flameproof
mattresses as presented in their table below:
To help you read the table below: H3BO3 is Boric Acid, SB2O3
is Antimony, DBDOP is Decabromodiphenyl Oxide, also called Deca
Table 1 from Tab H, p
Resin Barriers are made from the reaction of Melamine and Formaldehyde, and
contain free Formaldehyde, but these barriers were not tested for
"POISON! DANGER! SUSPECT CANCER HAZARD. MAY CAUSE CANCER. Risk of cancer
depends on level and duration of exposure. VAPOR HARMFUL. HARMFUL IF INHALED
OR ABSORBED THROUGH SKIN. CAUSES IRRITATION TO SKIN, EYES AND RESPIRATORY
TRACT. STRONG SENSITIZER. MAY BE FATAL OR CAUSE BLINDNESS IF SWALLOWED.
CANNOT BE MADE NONPOISONOUS."
Si is Silicon,
which was not tested for either. It also has health risks: “Silicon may
cause chronic respiratory effects. … Inhalation will cause irritation to the
lungs and mucus membrane. Several epidemiological studies have reported
statistically significant numbers of excess deaths or cases of immunologic
disorders and autoimmune diseases in silica-exposed workers. These diseases
and disorders include scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus
erythematosus, and sarcoidosis. Recent epidemiological studies have reported
statistically significant associations of occupational exposure to
crystalline silica with renal diseases and subclinical renal changes.
Crystalline silica may affect the immune system, leading to mycobacterial
infections (tuberculous and nontuberculous) or fungal, especially in workers
with silicosis Occupational exposure to breathable crystalline silica is
associated with bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and
emphysema. … Lung cancer is associated with occupational exposures to
is the only other chemical used to flame proof mattresses not listed above.
Not as much is know of how toxic this chemical is to sleep in, but it is
doubtful sleeping in and absorbing this fertilizer could be good for us. The
CPSC has shown large amounts of this chemical leach from mattresses.
As you can see above 7 of the barriers contain Antimony and 5 contain Boric
Acid. It is no wonder there are no labeling requirements for the FR
chemicals used in mattresses. Which of the above systems would you choose to
sleep in? We don’t think any of these systems are safe, they all have risks.
Cotton Batting barriers contain 10% poison, 7.5% Boric Acid plus 2.4%
Antimony. Melamine Resin barriers contain Formaldehyde. Silicon and
Formaldehyde were not studied.
We keep hearing about inherently flame resistant fibers from the CPSC and
mattress manufacturers. These inherently flame resistant fibers have
chemicals blended with the fiber as the fiber is made. The only true
inherently flame resistant fiber is fiberglass, and even that is blended
with chemicals to make a barrier as you can see in the table above.
Quote from College
Chemistry Textbook: “Antimony
resembles Arsenic very closely;
in its behavior being almost entirely accounted for by the fact that
antimony is slightly more metallic.” This helps explain why it is so
poisonous. Quotes from ATSDR a division of the CDC on Antimony: “An increase
in the number of spontaneous abortions, disturbances in menstruation,
failure to conceive, May cause heart to beat irregularly or stop. … Chronic
Exposure: Prolonged or repeated exposure may damage the liver and the heart
muscle." “In long-term studies, animals that breathed very low levels of
antimony had eye irritation, hair loss, lung damage, and heart problems.
Problems with fertility were also noted.” "Two studies reported lung tumors
in rats exposed to relatively low levels of antimony trioxide." Antimony
tends to accumulate in the liver and gastrointestinal tract.” The CDC cannot
determine a safe level of Antimony exposure because: “At the lowest exposure
levels tested, the adversity of the effects was considered to be serious.”
On cancer risks of Antimony even the CPSC admits: “The cancer effects are
cumulative. Every exposure contributes to the overall lifetime risk of
Acid, also used as Roach Killer, is a known reproductive and developmental
known respiratory irritant, Demonstrated injury to the gonads and to the
developing fetus. high prenatal mortality, Neonatal children are unusually
susceptible. There are already 6,463 U.S. cases of Boric Acid poisoning each
year. One human exposure study showed reduced sperm counts and reduced
sexual activity in humans.
Deca, is in the family of PBDE’s being found in women’s breast milk, is
known to bioaccumulate, is linked to cancer, and groups are trying to get it