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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, July 4, 2008

No safe level of formaldehyde because of genetic variability

It is quite clear from the experience of people in FEMA trailers that there can be serious adverse health effects even at levels below .1 ppm or 100 ppb, which is often referenced as the maximum level of formaldehyde that people should be exposed. But that does not mean that .09 ppm or 90 ppb is okay or even lower levels. First, CDC testing has shown levels can vary widely throughout the day and the seasons of the year with levels much higher in heat and humidity. Second, tests are only accurate usually to within 10-25 percent so actual exposure could be higher than measured. Third, these levels were set for healthy adults, not fetuses, babies, the elderly or people with existing health problems. And fourth, people's metabolisms vary.

One the top formaldehyde researchers in the country, Jack Thrasher, Ph.D., Toxicologist, Immunotoxicologist, Fetal toxicologist,
says recent peer reviewed published research has demonstrated some pertinent information: "It has demonstrated that certain genes are responsible for the metabolism and detoxification of formaldehyde. Some humans have abnormalities in these genes and are more susceptible to the adverse effects of formaldehyde. Therefore, there can be no safe standards. The so-called 0.1 ppm standard by various agencies will have be reduced to account for this genetic variability in humans."