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What are PFCs?
Commonly known as PFCs(per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals) These chemicals are put into products to make them more resistant to stains, grease and water.
They are a group of manufactured chemicals that have been used since the 1950s in a range of common household products.
Where are PFC’s found?
Scientists throughout the world have discovered these chemicals in water bodies, in the deep sea, as well as in dust, animals and, unfortunately, in human blood. PFCs are also found in the atmosphere and even in foods
Companies have put PFCs into carpeting, furniture upholstery, clothing, food wrap, fast food containers, car seats, shoes, and tents and stain-repellant or water-repellant clothing. They are found in stain treatments for clothing and furniture and are found in certain cosmetics, particularly eye shadow, foundation, facial powder, bronzer, and blush. They are used in a variety of products such as fire fighting foams, coating additives as a surface-active agent.
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They have been found ing water, air,soil, house dust, wildlife and polar ice caps and some PFC's accumulate in fish living in contaminated waters.
Some PFC’S can dissolve in water. Therefore,drinking water may be a major source of exposure. other sources of PFC exposure include food, food packaging,consumer products, house dust, indoor and outdoor air. Many PFCs – for example, PFOA and PFOS – are water-soluble and spread by way of water flow.
Why should I be concerned about PFC’s
The worldwide spread in Arctic snow – raises the question of how the chemicals are able to reach even remote areas. Chemists have shown that there are a large number of volatile precursor substances that occur in the atmosphere. They are distributed globally by means of airstreams.
PFC's can be released into the environment from landfill sites where materials that contain these chemicals are disposal, and into ground and surface water through sewer discharges.
The biggest environmental concern about PFOS and PFOA is that they do not break down in the environment and can travel long distances in water and air currents. and remain in the environment for a long time.
PFOS and PFOA have been shown to be toxic to some animals, and because they don’t break down they can bioaccumulate and biomagnify in some wildlife, including fish. This means that fish and animals higher in the food chain may accumulate high concentrations of PFOS and PFOA in their bodies.
The EHP study finds that young children exposed to these contaminants are more likely to suffer from decreased levels of immunity against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, and influenza, even with prior vaccination.
The chemicals are also known as endocrine disrupters; birth defects, reproductive problems, and other serious health problems have also been linked to their use.
These chemicals have been linked to so many health problems – cancer, miscarriages, thyroid problems, and more – that they've been phased out in the US and essentially banned in Europe.
Once they have been taken up, PFOA and PFOS remain in the human body, particularly in the blood, for several years. PFOS and PFOA are likewise detectable in mother‘s milk.The adverse effects of PFOS and PFOA on reproduction in animal experiments are undisputed.
How could I be exposed to PFCs?
The general public are exposed to small amounts of PFOS or PFOA in everyday life through exposure to dust, indoor and outdoor air, food, water and contact with consumer products that contain these chemicals.
For most people, food is thought to be the most important source of exposure. Treated carpets and floors treated with waxes and sealants that contain PFCs can be an important source of exposure for babies and infants.
Can PFOS or PFOA cause human cancers?
Studies in laboratory animals suggest that PFOS and PFOA may cause some cancers in those animals following prolonged exposure to relatively high levels.
How Can I lower My Risk of Chemical Exposures
- As much as possible, purchase organic produce and free-range foods to reduce your exposure to pesticides, growth hormones, GMOs, and synthetic fertilizers.
- Rather than using conventional or farm-raised fish, which are often heavily contaminated with PCBs and mercury, supplement with a high-quality purified krill oil, or eat fish that is wild-caught and lab tested for purity.
- Eat mostly raw, fresh foods, steering clear of processed, pre-packaged foods of all kinds. This way you automatically avoid artificial food additives, including dangerous artificial sweeteners, food coloring, and MSG. Freshly grown sprouts are particularly nutritious, especially watercress, sunflower, and pea sprouts.
- Store your food and beverages in glass rather than plastic, and avoid using plastic wrap and canned foods (which are often lined with BPA- and BPS-containing liners).
- Have your tap water tested and, if contaminants are found, install an appropriate water filter on all your faucets (even those in your shower or bath).
- Only use natural cleaning products in your home.
- Switch over to natural brands of toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants, and cosmetics. The Environmental Working Group has a useful database to help you find personal care products that are free of PFCs, phthalates and other potentially dangerous chemical.14 I also offer one of the highest quality organic skin care lines, shampoo, and conditioner, and body butter that are completely natural and safe.
- Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, or other synthetic fragrances.
- Replace your non-stick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware.
- When redoing your home, look for "green", toxin-free alternatives in lieu of regular paint and vinyl floor coverings.
- Replace your vinyl shower curtain with one made of fabric, or install a glass shower door. Most flexible plastics, like shower curtains, contain dangerous plasticizers like phthalates.
- Limit your use of drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) as much as possible. Drugs are chemicals too, and they will leave residues and accumulate in your body over time.
- Avoid spraying pesticides around your home or insect repellants that contain DEET on your body. There are safe, effective, and natural alternatives out there.
- Multipure’s carbon block filters offer a vastly greater carbon surface area to filter PFCs The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) as an emerging contaminant group. Multipure touts the effectiveness of Carbon Block Filters in treating PFC contamination.