This week on The Whole View, Stacy and I rev up the outrage machine to do a deep dive into PFAS, aka “forever chemicals.” We cover what they are (a group of 9,000 man-made chemicals of which the best known are PFOA, PFOS, and PTFE), why our bodies can’t detox them, the many ways we get exposed, the well-established health detriments and mechanisms thereof, their environmental impacts, their super dodgy history, and where we are currently in terms of regulation. We also share some action-items like how to reduce your personal exposure and advocate for their use to be banned.
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