Thursday, March 17, 2005

Teflon, Latest Corporate Medical Disaster

I know this isn't my usual blog post, but my wife just sent this Medical News Today article to me and I am just floored. The article is from 11/2003, but I haven't heard anything about this. Apparently DuPont has known for over 20 years that the chemical compound, called C-8, used to produce Teflon, seperates from the Teflon coating on pots and pans at normal cooking heat (think cooking a piece of bacon), and ends up in the bloodstream through inhalation and digestion. If you get too much C-8 in a short amount of time, you get a Teflon "Flu", which means you feel sick like have the flu. The EPA released an article 1/2005 warning that there is risk from bloodstream contamination, and one of the side-effects is that your cholesterol and triglyceride level could be elevated by the chemial. Here is another article from 8/2004 intended to assit organic farmers on selecting to use Teflon based products or not, good background information. Non-stick pots and pans: If it's to good to be true, it usually is. Time to switch to stainless steel.