Do You Need To Do A Detox for Teflon? 

A Little Dose Of History

Teflon, or polytetrafluoroethylene, is a chemical compound used since the 1960s as a non-stick coating for frying pans. According to relevant records, in 1938, a chemist named Roy Plunkett accidentally discovered Teflon while working at DuPont. He polymerized tetrafluoroethylene, creating a waxy white material with special properties. DuPont patented the material in 1941 and marketed it as Teflon in 1945. This discovery eventually led to its commercial production. Its main component is polytetrafluoroethylene (or PFAS), which is polymerized from tetrafluoroethylene monomer.

Why Are Folks Abandoning Teflon?

I was at an appointment with my own Heilkunst Physician, almost  thirty years ago, when she asked me, “Do you have any Teflon pans?”  I let her know that I did. I innocently asked, “How else are you supposed to cook an egg and actually get it in its whole, cooked state to the plate?” She responded, “Did you know that rats have died in rooms where Teflon pans were allowed to off-gas?” I took what she said with a grain of salt until I could get to my own research. Patty Smith-Verspoor, my mentor, might be pleased to know that I finally have enough accumulated knowledge and twenty-five years of clinical experience to pen this article.

So What Is Off-Gassing From Those Teflon Pans?

Life is complicated enough with geopathic influences like electrical towers, 5G radiation, mercury fillings, chemtrails, pesticides, and herbicides without adding to your toxic load in your very own kitchen. 

So what’s off-gassing from those teflon pans? Well the laundry list of toxins includes:

  • Lead
  • Fluoride
  • Nickel
  • PFAS
  • Bromine
  • Aluminum
  • Cadmium 
  • C8*

*C8 refers to the water repellant made from long chained highly fluorinated chemicals. The number 8 means there are 8 carbons in the “chain” making them some of the ‘strongest’ and longest – molecularly- of the PFAS family. These chains are what makes these chemicals “forever chemicals”; they are so strongly held together that they do not break down easily and thus live inside of us, and in the environment, for many years, sometimes over 20 years, without breaking down.

This is the biggest reason for putting pen to paper at this time. If ninety-nine percent of Americans are showing up with PFAS particles in their blood, that is concerning. What happens when this toxic load in a mother’s blood stream marries the same toxic load in her partner’s blood and they make a baby? Are we looking at the potential for severe deformities? Would folks ever put two and two together?

Jeffrey Klugar writes, “The female employees at the DuPont chemical company’s Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, W. Va., were not given much of an explanation in 1981 when they were all abruptly moved away from any part of the factory that produced a category of chemicals then known as C8. They certainly were not told about their eight recently pregnant coworkers who had worked with C8 and given birth that year—one of them to a baby with eye defects and just a single nostril; another to a baby who had eye and tear duct defects; and a third with C8 in its cord blood.”

For any employees with any doubts, the company took pains to offer reassurances that all was well. “During the period that C8 has been used at Washington Works,” a memo to the staff read, “there is no known evidence that our employees have been exposed to C8 at levels that pose adverse health effects. There is a dose level where almost every chemical, even water, becomes poisonous. [C8] has a lower toxicity, like table salt,” Klugar reports.

In November 2002, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a critique of the safety limit for the Teflon-related chemical C8 in drinking water, that was established through a committee led by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which included representatives from DuPont. “Our review of the science showed that in a series of public briefings, the committee did not accurately represent what is known about C8 toxicity. We also found that in setting the safety limit, the committee misinterpreted and misapplied standard procedures for establishing drinking water contaminant limits. (We describe the technical shortcomings of the committee’s work in a science policy memorandum from November 13, 2002.)”

Secret Tests

DuPont internal documents show that the company detected C8 in the Little Hocking, Ohio tap water in 1984. According to water company officials, DuPont did not tell the water utility or the community of this finding at that time. Instead, the company conducted a series of subsequent tests that neither confirmed nor refuted the original findings. DuPont then dropped the investigation entirely.

Dozens of U.S. cities and states have sued chemical manufacturers like 3M and DuPont, claiming the companies contaminated natural resources and endangered public health by adding forever chemicals to everything from cooking pans, to cleaning supplies, to firefighting gear. 

Studies have shown that exposure to certain levels of forever chemicals increases cancer risk, decreases fertility, and damages the immune system, among other negative health effects.

But the chemicals are also a key component in various products across industries, used for their unique waterproof, durable, and heat resistant qualities. Forever chemicals are also found in medical devices, aircrafts, and semiconductors. 

Sharon Kelly wrote, “Almost two decades ago, Carla Bartlett, a then 41-year -old West Virginia secretary and mother of two, was first diagnosed with cancer—what her surgeon later labeled a “garden variety” type of kidney cancer.

“I was scared to death,” Bartlett, now 59, told an Ohio federal jury during hearings in the fall of 2015, in the first of more than 3,500 personal injury and wrongful death suits by West Virginia and Ohio residents against the chemical giant DuPont. “And all I could think of was not being there, not being able to be there for my family.”

On Oct. 7, 2015, after less than a day of deliberations, the jury found DuPont liable for Bartlett’s cancer, agreeing with the defendant that the company had for years negligently contaminated her drinking water supply in Tuppers Plain, Ohio, with a toxic chemical formerly used to make its signature brand of nonstick coating: Teflon.

Are You Ready To Do A Detox?

On the law of nature, like cures like, we have been detoxing patients from harmful chemicals like PFASs for over twenty-three years now. We don’t want the next generation to suffer unknown toxic loads from their parents, sneaking up, and creating a life of facial asymmetry or cancer to be their inherited issues. We, and our babies, deserve a much cleaner start to life than this. 


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