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The Wrong Cookware Can Decrease Manhood

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Hormonal disruption from perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) begin before birth, as recently measured in a study, significantly impacting sperm health, fertility and the length and girth of a man’s penis into adulthood
  • Exposure to PFCs in cookware, fabrics, microwave popcorn and fast food packaging also impacts liver and kidney health, lipid metabolism, hypothyroidism, obesity and ulcerative colitis
  • For decades before it became public, DuPont understood the toxic dangers of PFCs — a toxic waste product in the production of Teflon, applied to cookware and water repellent fabrics
  • DuPont is a shining example of how chemical companies fail to regulate themselves. It is incumbent on us to use strategies to reduce exposure, including avoiding pretreated stain- or water-repellent and flame-retardant fabrics, fast food and nonstick cookware

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a man-made chemical used in the processing and producing of Teflon. Also called C8, the chemical was developed in the 1930s and brought into production in the 1940s. PFOA is one type of perfluorinated chemical (PFC), a large group of compounds used to reduce friction in nonstick cookware and make fabric stain and water resistant.

In an effort to ensure their own financial success, DuPont, a manufacturer of C8, became a master of deception and manipulative public relation strategies. Although the company knew about the effects of PFOA on the environment and human health for decades, it repeatedly lied to federal and local regulators, consumers and even their own employees about its toxicity. 

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