What do you, arctic polar bears, and 98% of the U.S. population have in common? You all have the highly toxic man-made chemical, C-8, in your blood.
C-8 is a cancer-causing chemical that DuPont and a handful of other corporations used to make non-stick, stain/fire proof, “high performance” products such as Teflon. It has been proven that C-8 causes deadly and debilitating human diseases like testicular cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid disease, and ulcerative colitis.
C-8 lasts so long in the environment that any duration provided by experts on biodegradation is a mere guess, and even then, their very best guess says that the half-life of C-8 is a million years.Why does C-8 last so long once it is discarded into the environment? Because it’s a man-made chemical that does not bind to other natural occurring chemicals and it moves in, and is transported by water very easily. The chemical bonds that hold C-8 together are nearly impossible to break, unless heated to VERY high temperatures. It’s tough and rugged. What made it a good surfactant for DuPont is what makes it so very dangerous to humans and animals; it simply will not break down.
What does this mean? This means that the very first molecule of C-8 ever made in a lab, unless disposed of properly, still exists today. This means that every molecule of C-8 that DuPont dumped into the ocean, that leached out of landfills, that was flushed into the Ohio River, that was released into the air over Parkersburg, West Virginia still exists today.