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The Devil We Know

C8, aka perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), is used in the manufacture of Teflon as well as stain- and water-resistant products. The documentary “The Devil We Know” attempts to explain how DuPont was able to get away with dumping C8 in West Virginia, and the story of the citizens who fought to protect their drinking water from this toxic waste. It also examines how this chemical ended up in the blood of 99.7 percent of Americans and the dangers posed by incompetent regulators. 

Stephanie Soechtig (“Fed Up”), Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”), and Jeremy Seifert (“GMO OMG”) are well known for their willingness to take on industry powerhouses. They need your help getting the story out. For more information about how you can support this movie, visit the IndieGoGo page for “The Devil We Know.” 

If you're still using nonstick cookware, you may want to seriously reconsider. The same holds true for stain- and water-repellant clothing and fabrics. All of these products — and many more — contain C8, which has been revealed to be far more dangerous than previously thought. For 50 years, DuPont used C8 to make Teflon. Throughout that time, the company has defended the safety of C8, and to this day still resists accountability for health problems resulting from exposure. However, the truth has finally come to light.

DuPont's own disposal recommendations specified C8 should not be flushed into surface water or sewers, yet over the decades, the company disposed of hundreds of thousands of pounds of C8 powder into the Ohio River. The PFOA-laced sludge that went into the landfill on the property purchased from Tennant also entered the water table supplying drinking water to more than 100,000 residents in Parkersburg, Vienna, Little Hocking and Lubeck.

In 2005, the EPA fined DuPont $16.5 million for violating the Toxic Substances Control Act by withholding decades' worth of information about health hazards associated with PFOA. At the time, that fine was the largest the EPA had ever assessed, yet it represented less than 2 percent of the profits DuPont had earned on PFOA that year, so it was hardly a deterrent.

It's quite clear that the chemical industry cannot be trusted to regulate itself, and DuPont stands as a shining example of this. It can take decades before a dangerous chemical is recognized as such, and then the company can simply switch over to another untested, unregulated chemical and the whack-a-mole game continues — all because chemicals do not have to be proven safe before they're used.

To protect yourself you should avoid products treated with dangerous chemicals like C8. That you want to ditch nonstick cookware is obvious, but you would also be wise to avoid clothes, furniture and fabric that were treated with stain, odor and water repellent chemicals. Flame retardant chemicals are found in a wide variety of baby items, padded furniture, mattresses and pillows. You should avoid these and opt for naturally less flammable materials such as leather, wool and cotton. 

Filtering your water is no longer optional. Water pollution is a significant problem. Drinking water may be contaminated with gender-bending pharmaceutical drugs, agricultural runoff, industrial waste and heavy metals released by deteriorating infrastructure. There is also the issue of the toxic chemicals used during water treatment.

An even more healthful solution is to consume living water. Energized water can recharge your mitochondria, and deep springs are one excellent source. You can also promote structured water through vortexing or cooling it to 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Reverting tap water back into a vitality boosting element can provide enormous health benefits.
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