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What are Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers or PBDEs?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers, or “PBDEs,” are flame-retardant chemicals that are used in a vast array of household items. PBDEs can be found in everything from carpet pads and foam pillows to computers and television sets. The three most commonly used PBDEs - penta, octa, and deca - can be found respectively in polyurethane foams, high impact plastics and electronic equipment.

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