PFOA

  1. U.S. water flunks contamination tests

    U.S. tap water overflowing with chemicals

    Forget skydiving, rock climbing and knife tossing -- if you like risk, just turn on your tap, fill your glass and drink up.

    Your drinking water is loaded with so many dangerous chemicals that you'd have to be reckless, foolish or just plain suicidal to drink it. And now, a new government survey finds at least 21 dangerous chemicals in the water in at least a third of the nation.

    The tests found an antidepressant, pesticide, herbicide, two different solvents, a toxic bone-rotting metal and 11 types of perfluorinated compounds -- including the PFOS and PFOA proven to cause thyroid disease, cancer, ulcerative colitis and more, specifically when ingested in the amounts found in drinking water.

    Yet of all the chemicals found in those samples, only three are governed by U.S. drinking water standards. The rest -- including those perfluorinated compounds -- could be in your water in any amount right now, and your water would be considered "safe."

    Ready for the most stunning part? These toxins weren't found in untreated well water from a shantytown outside a chemical waste plant. They were found in treated water -- water most people assume is clean and safe.

    Well, you know what happens when you assume, right?

    Believe it or not, this new study barely breaks the surface -- because hundreds of other dangerous chemicals are routinely found in U.S. tap water, including rocket fuel, gender-bending hormones, cocaine, antibiotics and more (and don't even get me started on the junk dumped in ON PURPOSE, including chlorine and fluoride).

    It's enough to make you want to give up water. Believe it or not, you can do it -- I haven't had a sip in years, and I haven't dried up yet.

    For a less radical solution, invest in a reverse osmosis water filter, the only filtration system that will remove all the drugs, chemicals, hormones and more. You can pick one up in a hardware store for a few hundred bucks -- and if you're handy, you can install it yourself.

    Just be sure to place the filter where the water enters your home so that every faucet is protected.

    I'm not done with water yet. Keep reading!

  2. Common chemical causes osteoarthritis

    No-stick cookware chemical can wreck joints

    If you're battling osteoarthritis, don't blame bad genes, bad joints, or bad luck.

    Blame your cookware!

    One of the chemicals found in no-stick pots and pans can double your risk of osteoarthritis -- but only in women, according to a new study. And that risk is highest in younger women -- women under 50 -- rather than older women, according to the study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

    The reason? Sorry, ladies -- but it's plain old laziness.

    Younger women (younger everyone... but we're talking about women today) are raised on convenience. And what's more convenient than a no-stick pan? They're easier to cook with and easier to clean.

    But they're also one of the most common sources of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

    Older women, on the other hand, don't give a hoot that no-stick pans are easier to clean -- they just know nothing tastes as good as food cooked in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet (they're also excellent for disciplining wayward husbands and handy to have around in case of intruders, but I digress).

    Now, save your angry emails. I'm not being sexist here -- the study found the risk in women, not men, so take it up with the authors.

    But men aren't off the hook. In men, women and children alike, PFOA exposure has been linked to cancer, sexual dysfunction, liver damage, developmental problems, and more.

    If you want protect your family, then along with getting rid of no-stick pans, ditch all the common sources of PFOA -- including just about anything that's no-stick, wrinklefree, stainresistant, and waterproof.

    Will life be a little harder without it? Given all that's on the line, I'd say life will be harder if you keep all those things around.

  3. Common household chemical linked to cancer

    A common chemical used to make everything from no-stick cookware to the linings of microwave popcorn bags can boost the risk of kidney cancer by 170 percent.
  4. Consuming Cancerous Food Agents?

    for nearly 40 years, we've all been consuming foods (mostly junk foods, of course) that have been packaged in a chemical that's been turning those foods into cancerous agents in our bodies.

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