I eat a couple of eggs for breakfast nearly every morning. They’re highly nutritious and filling. Several years ago, many Americans cut back on egg consumption because of fears that eggs would raise their cholesterol. Now we know that there are different types of cholesterols and different types of fats – some good, some bad – and you don’t have to worry about having a heart attack because of moderate egg consumption. (Cardiovascular disease is more commonly brought on by lack of exercise and junk food – processed foods, unhealthy fats, refined sugars, and excessive carbs.)
But now there’s another reason to worry about eggs: they may contain toxic chemicals, according to The Charleston Gazette. Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked a respected scientific journal, Environmental Science & Technology, to delete from its website the results of a study which found perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, in chicken eggs.
An EPA scientist says that there was a major error in the study – that the PFCs were not really PFCs but other unidentified substances that simply looked like PFCs under a microscope. Hmm… That sounds a little strange to me, especially considering the fact that other studies have found PFCs in chicken eggs (and wild bird eggs) in other countries.
What is C8?
C8, or perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), is a PFC produced by DuPont to make Teflon and other products like stain-resistant fabrics and food packaging. Researchers around the world are discovering that humans have C8 and other PFCs in their blood.
Even though C8 is recognized as a likely carcinogen, the EPA does not have any standards for emissions or human exposure. As a matter of fact, in the 70 years that Teflon has been manufactured, little has been done to determine how it affects human health. Lab studies suggest that Teflon may cause cancer in the pancreas, liver, testicles, and mammary glands, as well as miscarriages, birth defects, infertility, thyroid problems, weakened immune systems, and low organ weights.
C8 also causes mice to overreact to allergens. Perhaps this widespread chemical is one reason for the modern epidemic of allergies and asthma.
Oh, by the way, Teflon is also found in nail polish remover, eyeglasses, carpet treatments, pizza boxes, paint, and various cleaning products. It’s everywhere! It’s everywhere!
Teflon cookware is especially harmful because, when heated to high temperatures, the chemical breaks down to release toxic gasses, including PFIB, a chemical analog of the WWII nerve gas phosgene.
“The system does not work, and our blood and bodies and tissues are proof,” says David Ozonoff, a Boston University professor of environmental health.
If you only remember one thing from this blog, remember this: You cannot trust the system (our government) to keep you safe from dangerous chemicals. You must take matters into your own hands. In West Virginia, for example, PFCs have poisoned the tap water for years. In 2004, DuPont settled a class-action lawsuit out of court for $100 million. And still, no government regulation.
How to Avoid PFCs
- Don’t use Teflon cookware! Dr. Joseph Mercola of mercola.com recommends enameled cast iron cookware. If you use scratched Teflon cookware, or if you heat Teflon to high temperatures, you are at increased risk.
- Avoid fast food and delivery food; it often comes in Teflon-coated packaging.
- Install a water filter in your home. And if you don’t have a water filter at work, request one!
- Buy organic eggs and meat whenever possible; this will also help you avoid other chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics.