Who Wants To Live Forever?
Forever chemicals are a class of man-made chemicals that are resistant to degradation and can stay in the environment for long periods of time. They have been used in a variety of products, including non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics and carpeting, food packaging, and firefighting foams.
The health care costs, and productivity losses associated with exposure to PFAS chemicals are staggering. A recent study estimates that these chemicals may cost the United States health care system an estimated $63 billion dollars a year. That's just for the top conditions linked to PFAS exposure. When you consider all the potential health problems associated with these chemicals, the true cost is likely much higher.
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What are PFAS “Forever” chemicals?
PFAS chemicals are used in a wide range of products, from food containers and clothes to furniture and carpeting. They are also found in many industrial and commercial applications. Because they are so ubiquitous, it's difficult to avoid exposure to them. And once they're in your body, they tend to stay there - which is why they're known as forever chemicals.
There are a growing number of studies linking exposure to PFAS chemicals with various health problems, including cancer, reproductive and developmental issues, thyroid disease, and immune system dysfunction. The evidence is clear - these forever chemicals are a serious public health concern.
How to avoid forever chemical exposure
There are some steps you can take to reduce your exposure to these chemicals in the future. Avoiding products that contain them, investing in water filtration systems, and eating organic foods are all good ways to protect yourself and your family from forever chemicals.
About the new forever chemical study
According to a new study, exposure to forever chemicals may be linked to some of the top conditions in the United States, including hypothyroidism and childhood obesity.
The new study, which is set to be published in the journal Exposure and Health, looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to assess the prevalence of forever chemicals in the bodies of adults and children in the United States. The NHANES is a nationally representative survey that collects data on the health and nutrition of people in the United States.
The study found that forever chemicals are present in the bodies of nearly all adults and children in the United States. The level of these chemicals was found to be highest in children, which the authors say is likely due to their growing and developing bodies being more vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals.
The study also found that exposure to forever chemicals was linked to some of the top conditions in the United States, including hypothyroidism and childhood obesity.
Hypothyroidism and childhood obesity epidemic
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough of the hormone thyroxine, which can lead to fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. Childhood obesity has been on the rise in the United States for several decades and is now considered one of the most serious public health problems facing the country.
While forever chemicals are not currently regulated in the United States, their potential health effects are of growing concern. Previous studies have linked exposure to these chemicals to several health conditions, including cancer, liver damage, immune system problems, and developmental delays.
The findings of this study add to the growing body of evidence linking exposure to forever chemicals to a variety of health problems. The authors say that these findings "support the need for urgent action to reduce exposure to these chemicals." They call on the government to take steps to regulate forever chemicals and phase them out of use to protect the health of people in the United States.
Personally, I prefer understanding over more government involvement and prevention instead of crisis management. Since this topic is news to most people, this may be a place for better understanding how we are exposed to thousands of chemicals that never existed in nature before our grandparents were born.
Many of my conventional medicine colleagues still roll their eyes when they hear “detoxification” (unless it’s at an obscenely expensive facility that weans their rich patients off prescribed drug addictions) But we can’t ignore that life expectancy continues to drop in this country. And by most measures, regardless of who pays, Americans spend more and get less health value than anyone else.
I do not believe that it is the government’s job to save us. Thank GOD! They’re having a hard enough time keeping the lights on. It would be nice to have a class action suit against the profiteers of toxic living, their media and government influencers, forcing them to create a self-care public awareness campaign. The “TRUTH” campaign from a similar suit against big tobacco resulted in a big drop in teen smoking, lung cancer and emphysema.
In the meantime, it is up to us to save of ourselves. And do our best to support our bodies’ detoxification from an ever-growing list of chemical threats to our health.