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Cookware chemical linked to causing arthritis
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 cookware and stain-resistant coatings like Teflon and Gortex, are 40 percent more likely to develop arthritis than people with the lowest blood levels.

For their study, Dr. Kim Innes and her team from WVU evaluated data on roughly 50,000 people living in areas of Ohio and West Virginia where a chemical plant had leaked
PFOA into drinking water supplies. Those with the highest levels of PFOA in their blood were 40 percent more likely to develop arthritis than those with the lowest 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.

"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."

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