This article was originally posted in August 2015. Since then, the world has become more aware of the dangers of the chemical C8, found in Teflon and countless household products—from stain- and water-resistant apparel to microwave popcorn bags to dental floss. The chemical has now been linked to six diseases, including testicular and kidney cancers.
The chemical C8 has been used so widely, it’s now in the bloodstream of 99 per cent of Americans, even newborn babies. And the chemical is bio-resistant, meaning it does not break down.
For years, evidence continued to mount that perfluorochemical (PFC) emissions from synthetic compounds in non-stick cookware and cleaning products produced by DuPont may cause cancer and other health problems but the evidence was quite simply – covered up.
What this story highlights is that some companies, in the pursuit of profit, will do anything. From the tobacco industry cover-up to the Thalidomide birth defects scandals, some organisations view shareholder dividends far more important than human life. It also demonstrates the lengths these companies will go in terms of issuing misinformation and propaganda to deceive the public even when the effects of its deadly products are known to them for years, sometimes decades.
The full story has still yet to come out as there are ongoing court cases but this now presents itself as a potential existential threat to one of the biggest companies in the world.
The struggle to discover the truth about C8 and hold DuPont accountable is the subject of a stunning new documentary that premiered Sundance Film Festival, called The Devil We Know (YouTube link HERE)
The story below is told by Sharon Lerner at The Intercept. We have taken excerpts from her lengthy article, which you can red in full HERE.
The Teflon Toxin – DuPont and The Chemistry of Deception
One of tens of thousands of unregulated industrial chemicals, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA — also called C8 because of the eight-carbon chain that makes up its chemical backbone — had gone unnoticed for most of its eight or so decades on earth, even as it helped cement the success of one of the world’s largest corporations.
In 2011 and 2012, after seven years of research, the science panel found that C8 as used in Teflon coated pans was “more likely than not” linked to ulcerative colitis, as well as to high …
via True Publica