In the Dark Waters movie, it chronicles the Cincinnati attorney Robert Bilott’s efforts, beginning in the 1990s, to expose how the company DuPont continued to use toxic chemicals for decades after learning that they caused fatal diseases such as cancer. In 2017, DuPont Corporation and its spinoff, Chemours, settled a lawsuit with some 3,500 residents in Ohio and West Virginia, agreeing to pay $671 million for polluting an area with a toxic chemical, PFOA, used to make Teflon, around a manufacturing plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Dupont Corporation included PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid) or C8, a toxic chemical, as an essential ingredient in Teflon in its nonstick cookware, bakeware, pizza boxes, coatings for eye glasses, waterproof clothing, and stain-proof coatings for carpets.

Studies have tied PFOA to a wide range of health effects throughout the body, often even at very low exposure levels. These health effects include:

  • ovarian cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • lymphoma
  • reduced fertility
  • arthritis
  • hyperactivity
  • altered immune responses in children
  • hypotonia, or ‘floppiness,’ in infants”
  • ulcerative colitis
  • high cholesterol
  • pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • thyroid disease
  • testicular cancer
  • kidney cancer

Here are 7 ways to minimize exposure to Teflon:

  1. Stop using nonstick cookware & replace with stainless steel, glass or cast-iron cookware
  2. Avoid electric kitchen appliances with nonstick coatings such as rice cookers, pressure cookers & waffle irons
  3. Do not eat microwaved popcorn which is offered in bags lined with PFOA instead make in an air popper
    (I recommend you STOP using a microwave altogether due to damaging electromagnetic radiation exposure and it REMOVES most of the nutrients from food)
  4. Avoid fast food, Chinese and pizza take-out containers which are usually coated with PFOA
  5. Use non-toxic personal care products and dental floss free of Teflon
  6. Avoid fabrics advertised as STAIN RESISTANT/STAIN REPELLENT OR WATER RESISTANT/ WATER REPELLENT which often made with PFOA
  7. Avoid stain repellent carpets and furniture which are made with PFOA