Perfectly Poisoned : What You Need To Know About C8
Last night on Netflix I watched the 2018 documentary, The Devil We Know and was distraught and successfully annoyed by the corporate havoc of DuPont and the impact it caused Americans using the chemical, C8. The documentary exposed a great deal of information and emotional accounts from those who suffered. I just knew I had to share with the collective:
C8 is chemically known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). It is man-made fluorinated chemical and is used in producing Teflon, the non-stick quality as seen in the everyday stain-resistant cookware. But it is not just limited to the cooking skillet that you use for your breakfast scrambled egg whites!
PFOA is found in microwave popcorn bags, fast food wrappers, waterproof clothing, carpet, and furniture treatments. Many Americans are exposed to Teflon from home or in meals prepped at restaurants.
The chemical has been found to cause harmful health consequences including liver toxicity, birth defects, and cancer after long-term exposure. What’s more is that the chemical is now found in over 99 percent of blood samples of the American population according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
DuPont has been the highly deceptive figure using manipulating strategies to secure financial success all while creating chemicals that destroy the environment and public health. Likely since 1961, the company knew the devastating effects of the chemical exposure and consistently lied to regulators, their employees and the consumers about the effects.
On an environmental level, many animals succumbed to consequences including death after being exposed to contaminated water. To add more salt to the wound, scientists expect the chemical to remain on the planet long after humans are all gone.
After facing a heaping load of lawsuits about the release of C8 into the environment, DuPont ended their production in 2015; until their $6 billion spin-off company called CHEMOURS followed the ending. The legal battle unveiled DuPont’s deceptive practices that were used to keep their products on the market.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined DuPont a whopping $16.5 million for knowingly withholding decades’ worth of health hazard information. This fine became the largest that has ever been assessed by the EPA. But even with the huge dollar amount, it still did not stop the company to manufacture and release the hazardous chemical to the environment.
What Can You Do To Protect Yourself and Family
I recommended minimizing the use of common products that contain perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) like PFOA. These are the type of products that repel water or resist stains. While PFOA is no longer being used in the United States, there is no doubt that a similar chemical has taken the place of it. In fact, Greenpeace International tested 15 pieces of waterproof clothing and has discovered that all but one contained PFCs.
Be wary of the following product that may contain such chemicals:
Certain cosmetics, particularly eye shadow, foundation, facial powder, bronzer, and blush
Stain treatments for clothing and furniture
Takeout containers like pizza boxes and sandwich wrappers
Nonstick pots, pans, and utensils
Carpeting and carpet treatments
I also recommend using a high-quality water filtration system to ensure that you are receiving the purest water you can get. This means filtering all of the water that comes into your home for drinking use to bathing. While this can come with a fancy price tag (a simple in-home setup can cost about $1,165 USD), the expense is worth it to ensure quality health. There are affordable options to choose from such as a stationary countertop filter system and a shower head filter that can be easily attached and work just as well.
The bottom line is, is the U.S. has many water concerns to contend with that can render an individual with a multitude of health issues after consumption. Filtering your water is no longer a luxury but a necessity.
Another thing that you can do is by supporting the filmmakers and their efforts with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to sign a petition. The petition demands transparency from the EPA to inform the public about PFAs contaminations in the communities.
Let’s ensure that we do our due diligence to protect the environment by reducing the consumption of such hazardous products. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to preserve a healthy life and planet.