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Solvents: Handle With Care

The chemical conveyors found in paints, varnishes, thinners, stains, resins, rubbers, lubricants, dyes, detergents, insulation, inks, films, cosmetics, cleaning products, spot removers, fingernail polish, and many other places can disrupt a woman's normal menstrual cycle or cause a miscarriage, and in men they can hamper semen quality. Bottom line: Don't use them more than you have to. If you haven't heard us say it before, buy no- or low-VOC paint and look for products certified by the Greenguard Environmental Institute.

Source: "Environmental Factors in Infertility," Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology (December 2000)
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