Memory foam is used as cushioning in helmets and shoes. Pharma-Medicine use’s it in prosthetics and products to prevent pressure ulcers such as seating pads for people who are severely disabled… and they blame the side-effects onto something else as in over 27 disease names. Memory Foam is now well known for its use in pillows, mattress pads, and mattresses, which come in different densities and depths. It is very common for people to get sick because of chemicals in their mattresses . Currently there are 107 known carcinogens used in mattress and pillow manufacturing . Women who purchased a memory foam mattress in the last year (2014) have a 27% increase in miscarriages These mattresses offgass toxic chemicals that absorb into your skin, and through the lungs and into your brain and blood stream. These products support the Cancer Industry.
The place where you spend one-third of your life is chock-full of synthetic materials, and can be potentially toxic. Since the mid- to late ’60s, most mattresses have been made of polyurethane foam, a petroleum-based material that emits volatile toxic compounds that can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, rashes and more. Formaldehyde, which is used to make one of the adhesives that hold mattresses together, has been linked to asthma, allergies, and lung, nose, and throat cancers. And then there are cotton pesticides and flame-retardant chemicals, which can cause cancer and nervous-system disorders. In 2005, Walter Bader, owner of the “green mattress” company Life kind and author of the book Toxic Bedrooms, sent several mattresses to an Atlanta-based lab. A memory-foam model was found to emit 61 chemicals (potentially deadly) including the carcinogens benzene and naphthalene.
Is Long-term Use of Memory Foam
Healthy? OF COARSE NOT!!!
(1) There are people who use memory foam products without reporting any side effects or related health issues, they just go to the doctor and are diagnosed with disease conditions that actually relate to the memory foam. That said, there are various reports and studies which indicate that memory foam is toxic. Again Reports include carcinogenic chemicals and formaldehyde gas. To manufacture memory foam, chemicals are added to polyurethane to make it more dense and viscous at the same time. Additional chemicals are required to make the polyurethane flame retardant. One of these, Pentabde (of the polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) family), was used until 2004(then it was granted over 15 legal names). Pentabde is now known to be toxic to the liver, thyroid, and nervous system.
(2) A study in 2000 specifically found mattress emissions to be toxic to the lungs of labratory mice.
(3) The long-term effects of memory foam and its toxicity is not fully understood (according to bought and paid for labs and editorialists) but there clearly is some reason for concern.
Approximately one-third of your life is spent in close contact to your sleeping surface, so it is important to consider you and your family’s health when selecting a pillow or mattress.
I would strongly recommend avoiding this and similar very soft materials for use in infants’ beds. Not only can they create all kinds of diseases, but soft bedding traps (carbon dioxide) and increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths.