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What Are Forever Chemicals?

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Forever chemicals is a term often used to refer to a group of man-made chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These chemicals are called forever chemicals because they are highly persistent in the environment and do not break down easily over time. You have likely heard a lot about these substances in the news, because they are a growing concern both for our health and for the environment. 

PFAS have been used in a wide range of consumer products and industrial applications due to their unique properties, such as resistance to heat, water, and oil. They have been used in products like non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, food packaging, firefighting foam, and more.

However, their persistence in the environment and potential adverse health effects have raised concerns. PFAS have been linked to various health problems, including cancer, immune system disorders, and developmental issues. PFAS are also known to be endocrine disruptors––something they share with mold poisons, or mycotoxins. They can accumulate in the human body over time through exposure to contaminated water, food, and air.

Efforts are underway to regulate the use of PFAS and to clean up contaminated sites to mitigate their environmental and health impacts. Still, it is likely beneficial to take any steps you can to avoid exposing yourself and your family to the potentially harmful substances. 

Limiting exposure to PFAS can be challenging, because these chemicals are widespread in the environment and can be found in various products. However, there are some steps individuals can take to reduce their exposure:

1. Avoid Products Containing PFAS

Check product labels for ingredients such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and other related compounds. Avoid products like non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing, stain-resistant fabrics, and food packaging labeled as containing PFAS.

2. Filter Drinking water

Install a water filter certified to remove PFAS, such as activated carbon filters or reverse osmosis systems, to reduce PFAS levels in drinking water. Additionally, consider using bottled water that has been tested and certified to be free of PFAS.

3. Limit Consumption of Certain Foods 

Certain foods, particularly those that have been in contact with PFAS-containing materials or grown in contaminated areas, may contain higher levels of PFAS. These include seafood caught in contaminated water bodies. Other products, such as microwave popcorn and fast food items that may have been in contact with PFAS-containing packaging, are things you are likely already avoiding on The Kaufmann Diet. 

4. Be cautious with household products

Use alternatives to products containing PFAS, such as stainless steel or cast iron cookware instead of non-stick cookware. Choose natural or organic fabrics for clothing and textiles instead of those treated with stain or water repellents.

5. Avoid products with fluorinated chemicals 

PFAS are part of a larger group of chemicals called fluorinated chemicals. While not all fluorinated chemicals are PFAS, avoiding products with these chemicals can help reduce overall exposure.

6. Support Regulation and Advocacy Efforts

Advocate for stricter regulations on PFAS use and disposal in your community and support efforts to clean up contaminated sites. Stay informed about PFAS-related issues and support organizations working on environmental and public health initiatives related to PFAS.

By being mindful of product choices and taking steps to reduce exposure, individuals can help limit their intake of PFAS and minimize potential health risks associated with these chemicals.


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