PFOA/C8, PFOS, etc. and the newer, more sinister version GENX (more on this later), are part of a class of PFAS chemicals used in thousands of everyday products.
This chain of Carbon (C8) and Fluorine atoms are what we would call a miracle molecule. It doesn’t combine with dirt, water, oils or other fluids. Meaning it is a great repellant that we use in nearly all modern conveniences.
And the list goes on and on....
Furthermore, the molecule is heat resistant, breaking down only at extremely high temperatures.
Imagine filling a bucket with water from a garden hose and expecting all of the water to drain through a pinhole at the bottom. You may not see it at first, but the bucket will ultimately overflow.
Once that bucket fills up for your body, you can expect problems, such as:
In another report, the manufacturers themselves attempted to prove how safe their products are. Commonly, when you perform work in the lab, you attempt to establish what is called a “control group.” This cohort of people represents a baseline for which to compare the initial assumption.
That baseline needed to be blood samples without any PFAS contamination.
February 2021, a New York mother opens her mail one day after a PFOA alert was sent out to residents of her city. The result? Her son’s levels read 222,000 PPT. At the time, she was breastfeeding, which resulted in concentrations of 100x the national average.
Near the Great Lakes, another child reaches 484,000 PPT.
If you’ve ever driven past an industrial park, you may have seen white or translucent vapor coming out of the smoke stack. While some argue that this is only water vapor due to pollution regulations, trace amounts of pollutants continue to find their way into our air. Some of which is carried by the wind several miles away from the production site, and into nearby towns.
However, the real danger is within our homes, and not just from our water.
Have you ever walked by your window early in the morning or late in the afternoon? Just as the sun is rising or setting. You notice a tranquil, mood setting, ray of light shining across the room as particles of dust float within your view.
While the commonly accepted explanation is that dust is upward of 70% skin cells, which are inherently harmless. The other 30% contains:
Realistically, due to their widespread use, it is near to impossible to eliminate. Even if we shut down all production of these materials, we still have decades of build up in our environment.
But we can take action to significantly improve the state of our lives and that of our family.