About ToxicTrailers.com

ToxicTrailers.com was launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when the government spent more than $2 billion on FEMA trailers with high levels of formaldehyde that sickened thousands of people. The FEMA trailer tragedy exposed what is a widespread problem in RVs, mobile homes, modular buildings and even conventional buildings that use pressed wood products. Unfortunately, as we approach the tenth anniversary of Katrina, formaldehyde regulations are not being enforced in the U.S., and people's health is at risk. If you are having burning eyes, congestion, sore throat, coughing, breathing difficulties, frequent sinus infections or rashes, and difficulties concentrating, you may have a formaldehyde problem. For questions or to share your story, write 4becky@cox.net.

Friday, April 18, 2008

ALS\Lou Gehrig's disease linked to formaldehyde

See the toxic trailer news link on the right for article showing that exposure to chemical formaldehyde has been linked to much higher risks of getting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. This was a "surprise." But to the people who have struggled to breathe in FEMA trailers high in formaldehyde, experiencing problems like frequent bloody noses, this news won't be shocking.

This was posted as a blog to Medpage Today by Cohn Charles, Ph.D.
With regard to formaldehyde exposure, be aware that most of the chemicals used in chemical toilets (portable toilets as well as RV and boat toilets) contain formaldehyde. There are toilet chemicals available that don't contain formaldehyde, but you have to look for them. Read the labels carefully when you buy these chemicals. I have also noticed that the free bottles of chemical that come with new toilets usually contain formaldehyde.