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Non-Stick CookwareToday we tossed out our non-stick fry pans after discovering that this cookware is a primary source of dangerous perfluorinated chemicals (PFOAs). Research has revealed that the original non-stick pans quickly reach temperatures that cause their coating to begin breaking down. When that happens they release toxins that have been linked to cancer, birth defects and thyroid disease. These toxins are not only released into the food in the pan they are also released into the air surrounding you.
We strongly recommend that you throw away this type of cookware immediately and replace it with either ceramic or cast iron, or in some cases glass. Our personal choice is ceramic because it's very durable and easy to clean.
What can you do to reduce chemical exposure to your family?
The list of things to avoid could be endless so instead, let's focus on what you can do to lead a healthy lifestyle and minimize chemical exposure as much as possible:
Pesticides and FertilizersAs much as possible, buy and eat organic produce and free-range, organic foods.
Eat fish that is wild-caught and lab tested for purity. You can supplement this with a high-quality purified krill oil. The conventional or farm-raised fish are often contaminated with PCBs and mercury.
As much as possible eat raw, fresh foods and steer clear of processed, prepackaged foods of all kinds. This way you automatically avoid artificial food additives, including dangerous artificial sweeteners, food coloring, aspartame, and MSG.
Store your food and beverages in glass rather than plastic, and avoid using plastic wrap and canned foods (which are often lined with BPA-containing liners).
Get 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, antiperspirants, toothpaste, and cosmetics.
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 instead of regular paint and vinyl floor coverings.
Replace your vinyl shower curtain with one made of fabric, or install a glass shower door. Most all 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. It won't be easy but the effort is worth your time.
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