Teflon and Other Chemicals Linked to Arthritis

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A joint study conducted between Yale, Harvard, Brigham and the Women’s Hospital recently found that chemicals used in Teflon (specifically known as PFCs), could increase a woman’s risk of developing arthritis, the same exact group that is already natural more predisposed to this health issue than anyone other.

These same chemicals aren’t just in cookware. They’re also routinely used in cosmetics, water-resistant fabrics (common in workout gear), carpets, and even the lining of microwaveable popcorn bags.

Outside of arthritis, these chemicals have also been linked to altering the immune system, raising bad cholesterol, and even premature menopause. Why? Apparently, these chemicals actually alter a woman’s hormones, which are why researchers initially believe that the same effect isn’t seen in men, whose hormones remain relatively stagnant until later in life, rather than fluctuating daily. This variance in a woman’s hormones can lead to inflammation, and limit the body’s ability to repair cartilage, two of the primary causes and issues surrounding arthritis.

Over time, these chemicals can build up in a woman’s body through daily exposure. By diligently avoiding products containing PFCs, you could potentially save yourself from experiencing one of the most painful long-term health conditions around.