Are you still using your Teflon type pots and pans? In 2006 the EPA announced that several manufacturers of non-stick cookware had agreed to phase out the use of the main harmful chemical used in the manufacturing of these kitchen necessities, but they haven't yet told you to run out and replace your old cookware. And with the cost of restocking your cabinets with all new pots and pans, the whole subject may prove to e a sticky one that you'd rather ignore. Can you afford to ignore sticky one that you'd rather ignore. Can you afford to ignore the health hazards though? With the current list of diseases caused by the chemicals used in non-stick cookware ranging from immune disorders to hypothyroidism and even cancer, the cost of replacing your Teflon products may be well worth the initial hit to your household budget.
The Chemicals Behind The Name
To be clear, Teflon is not the offender in the non-stick health debate. In fact, Teflon is simply a product name and not a chemical at all. The chemical, or rather chemicals, currently under scrutiny are Perfluorochemicals (PFCs), a family of substances that keep food from sticking to your pots and pans. These same chemicals are used in the manufacture of carpet and fabric treatments that repel stains, as well as camping gear that tkeeps you fryduring rain storms. Within the PFC family there are several chemicals, including the one into which all PFCs eventually break down into, Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA). PFOA has been detected in 90% of the population's blood, including adults, children, and even newborn babies.
PFOAs And Your Health
Today, PFOAs are classified by the EPA as an animal carinogen. Under pressure from independents scientists, the EPA is currently evaluating reasearch data that suggests that PFOAs are also a likely himan carcinogen. Three of the four cancers that PFOAs have been linked to (testicular, breast, liver, and prostate) are no the rise in the US today, with liver cancer rates inc reasing an average of 4.7% each year between 1992 and 1999. Learn more about the effects PFOAs have on your health on page 44 of my book "Be PerfectlyHealthy".
Look Out For These Other PFOA Sources*
*Please note: There is currently no way for consumers to tell if packaging contains PFOAs. Microwave popcorn packaging
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