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Monday, July 25, 2011

Cookware chemical linked to causing arthritis

Cookware chemical linked to causing arthritis.  There is no way I would have Teflon cookware in my home. I became aware of this problem a number of years ago from another study I had read online.  I had been given a set of Teflon coated skillets for my birthday, but had not yet used them.  I pitched them out after, by chance, I read about the health hazards in using Teflon coated products.  Read more below:

" (NaturalNews) Sometimes the technological innovations that appear to make our lives a lot easier are the same ones that are now destroying our health. A new study out of West Virginia University's (WVU) School of Medicine has found that people with the highest blood levels of perfluorooctanoate (PFOA), a chemical used in non-stick and stain-resistant coatings, are 40 percent more likely to develop arthritis than people with the lowest blood levels."

"Exposure to PFOA is also linked to a variety of other diseases, including thyroid disorders, high cholesterol, delayed pregnancy, and infertility.

 ( And besides simply causing problems when leaked into the environment, the chemical is highly volatile -- in other words, the hotter it gets on items like cookware, the more it tends to leech into fumes, and also into food that touches it."

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"Ninety-five percent of Americans, including children, have PFOA in their blood," writes Dr. David W. Tanton, PhD, in his book Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, and Stimulants -- Dangerous Drugs on Trial. "Studies have proven that the moment a Teflon pan is heated, this toxic chemical is absorbed in your bloodstream ... Teflon is indeed a dangerous fluorinated chemical."

Cookware chemical linked to causing arthritis.  Look carefully at the pans you are using to cook with, and see if they are Teflon coated and if so, are they scratched?   Because stainless steel is a trial to clean, I invested in cast iron skillets by Le Creuset  that are pre-seasoned.  They are fabulous to cook with.  I also added Le Creuset dutch oven that is enamel coated and find that these pans are amazing and the food tastes so much better than I expected, and they are a breeze to clean.  

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