Forever Chemicals - August 29th, 2022 Episode

Updated: Oct 17

What Are Persistent Organic Pollutants?

POPs are toxic synthetic substances composed of organic (carbon-based) chemical compounds and mixtures. They include industrial chemicals like PCBs and pesticides like DDT. They are primarily products and by-products from industrial processes, chemical manufacturing and resulting wastes.

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Why are they a threat?

They are everywhere Arctic environment (Remote Alaskans’ bodies

They are toxic

They are persistent

They accumulate in body fat and cause things like dementia

They transfer to the fetus and in breast milk and baby food

They travel the globe on wind and water currents

Amounts are increasing of flame retardants while PCB, OCP and PAH all are decreasing (Clean Air Act) which SCOTUS just restricted ( because … job creators -don’tcha know?

How do they cause damage?

They are hormone disruptors. They cause miscommunication in very small doses, just like hormones. Testosterone is a controlled substance because of its power to disrupt. Fetal exposures are especially dangerous because they can cause developmental abnormalities and cause damage to cognitive, reproductive and immune functions.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that exposure to PFAS caused a whole host of health issues including increased rates of liver and heart disease, decreased antibody responses to vaccines, cancer, low birth weight in babies, and thyroid problems.

What are these chemicals?

The initial 12:










Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD)

Polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDF)

The new 16:

Alpha hexachlorocyclohexane

Beta hexachlorocyclohexane


Decabromodiphenyl ether







Pentachlorophenol, salts and esters

Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS)

Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS)

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

Polychlorinated naphthalenes

Short chain chlorinated paraffins

Technical endosulfan

Tetrabromodiphenylether and pentabromodiphenyl ether

Where are they found and how am I exposed?

In our rainwater

Living in a city (Miami is #3) with PFAS contaminated water supply and atmosphere

Living anywhere

Dental floss with “glide” type floss TEFLON strands

Coated cardboard (think French fry) container, stain and fire resistant carpet and upholstery,

What can I do about my exposure?

Water filter at home. Dual stage filter with carbon block or reverse osmosis were both highly effective at eliminating nearly all PFAS

Municipal treatment

Restricting use: EPA makes a move to restrict 2 TWO out of the

Can I eliminate them from the body?




Not much data available for sauna, exercise or other oral compounds including Zeolite or clintoptilolite

Keep the bowels moving