Teflon Killer in the Kitchen
Do you trust Teflon?
Teflon has been around since the 1940's, but could it be dangerous for you and your family? If there are any questions as to its safety, should it be in use in cookware? The non-stick coating, also known as PTFE, is used in a wide range of pots and pans. Many proponents of the chemical coating point out it is highly-stable, and does not react with other chemicals. It is also used in fabric protectors. 

Because of their non-stick qualities, these products are found in many kitchens across America. But, dangers may be lurking in the coating. For a long time, people have warned of the dangers of heating Teflon pans too high, for fear of releasing toxic gases. New research shows those critical temperatures are lower than most people believed. 

A chemical called PFOA is used in the manufacture of Teflon products. This substance largely burns out of the product in the factory, but there is potential for PFOA to cause cancers. 

Robert Scott Bell is the host of his own medical show, and is an advocate for natural health and treatments. He is an well-respected voice on issues affecting health, medicine and other issues affecting our lives. 

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) (conjugate base perfluorooctanoate) — also known colloquially as C8 — is a perfluorinated carboxylic acid produced and used worldwide as an industrial surfactant in chemical processes and as a material feedstock. PFOA is considered a surfactant, or fluorosurfactant, due to its chemical structure, which consists of a perfluorinated, n-octyl "tail group" and a carboxylate "head group". The head group can be described as hydrophilic while the fluorocarbon tail is both hydrophobic and lipophobic. The tail group is inert and does not interact strongly with polar or non-polar chemical moieties; the head group is reactive and interacts strongly with polar groups, specifically water. The "tail" is hydrophobic due to being non-polar and lipophobic because fluorocarbons are less susceptible to the London dispersion force than hydrocarbons.


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