Americans are being misled about the dangers facing them and their families. Instead of focusing on real risks, families are being told to fear the chemicals present in everyday household cleaners, children’s toys, canned food and even school supplies. Activists try to play on this fear in pursuit of greater government regulation and control. Yet Americans need to keep in mind the important role that chemicals actually play in our life. In truth, they make products safer, our homes, schools, and hospitals cleaner, medical equipment more accessible and they raise the standard of living for people around the world. Most studies used to fuel alarmism about the chemicals used in household products and everyday items are based on animal studies that do not represent how humans come in contact with chemicals. While it is important for people to be aware of any real risks associated with any product, the American public shouldn’t be used as pawns by activist organizations who use fear to push an unnecessary regulatory agenda.