No-stick cookware chemical linked to kidney cancer

You don't have to live next door to a toxic waste dump to be surrounded by dangerous chemicals.

Your own home will do just fine.

Toxic chemicals are in your clothing, your cookware, your furniture, and even your food -- and if you don't think they're ruining your health, take a look at the latest warning from an independent panel of scientists.

The team says they've found a "probable link" between the common chemical PFOA and cancers of the kidney and testicles. High levels of exposure caused the risk of testicular cancer to shoot up by 170 percent.

The same panel found a link last year between PFOA and preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy), and they're getting to release a series of reports investigating possible links to heart disease, thyroid problems, neurological issues in children, and more.

The panel was created to investigate links between health problems and PFOA contamination in the water of a West Virginia community due to its close proximity to a DuPont Chemicals plant.

But like I said, you don't have to drink from a contaminated well to get more than your fill of PFOA.

Odds are, you've got plenty floating around in your bloodstream right now -- because PFOA is in or can be emitted from anything wrinkle-free, heat-proof, stain-resistant, and more.

It's in everything from non-stick cookware to microwave popcorn bags -- and once you're exposed, good luck trying to get rid of it.

This stuff can linger in your bloodstream for YEARS at a time.

And it's not alone in there. PFOA is part of a class of chemicals called PFCs -- and there are 14 other PFCs that can enter the human bloodstream.

Throw in the rest of the dangerous chemicals in your home -- including the hormone-like BPA and phthalates I've been warning you about -- and you're being exposed to big risks at every turn.

Short of moving into a cave, there's not much you can do to avoid them. But you can minimize your risk -- and I'll have more on that later this summer in my Douglass Report newsletter.

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