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Fried Eggs, Eye Shadow And Aching Joints

Common Household Items Promote Joint Pain

Ladies, would you believe me if I told you frying an egg could add to your joint pain? Or wearing a water-repellant coat? Or putting on eye shadow?

That may sound a just a little crazy. But it may just be true. Because all those things contain PFC’s – perfluorinated chemicals. And a new study from Yale University suggests they may be linked to a much higher risk of joint pain.

In fact, one type of PFC, appears to double women’s risk.

So what are these chemicals… and how do you avoid them?

PFC’s are used in over 200 industrial processes. But you’ll also find them in a host of household products…

  • Non-stick cookware.
  • Carpets and furniture treated to be stain- or water-resistant.
  • Other fabrics treated for stain- or water-resistance.
  • More than 100 cosmetic products, including powders, eye shadows, bronzers, shave gels and even some anti-aging creams.
  • Grease- and water-resistant food packaging – such as microwave popcorn.

PFC’s don’t break down easily in the environment. So when we use them in a product, they hang around for years and years.

Even worse, when they get into your body, they “bio-accumulate.” That’s fancy talk for building up inside your body.

And now a team at Yale University has found that the buildup of PFC’s may double a woman’s risk of joint pain.

The researchers looked at six year’s data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. After they’d accounted for all the other factors, PFC’s stood out.

Women with the highest exposure to PFC’s had almost twice the risk of developing joint problems as women with the lowest exposure. The risk for men was much, much lower.1

The worst offender was a chemical called Perfluorooctanoate (PFOA).

But you’re probably not going to find which PFC is used to make what product. To ensure you have as little exposure as possible is to avoid all products likely to contain PFC’s.

Here’s a list of some of the most common uses… along with suggestions for replacements.

  • Cosmetics and personal care – Avoid any product with “perfluoro” or “PTFE” on the label. Many companies are removing PFC’s from their cosmetics.
  • Cookware – Stay away from non-stick pans. Use cast iron or stainless steel instead.
  • Carpeting and furniture – Choose items that haven’t been treated with stain-resistant chemicals.
  • Clothing – PFC’s are mostly used on outerwear. Choose untreated items instead. Some nylon and microfiber fabrics are naturally water-repellant.
  • Greasy or fatty fast foods and packaged foods – Stay away from menu items that are deep-fried or fatty. Or, even better, cook at home.
  • Paper plates, cups, etc. – Some of these items have coatings containing PFC’s. Stick with your regular glasses and dinnerware whenever you can.
  • Microwave popcorn – Most brands come in packaging that contains PFC’s. Get an air popper, melt a little real butter, add a touch of salt… and rediscover how much better real popcorn tastes.

Yours in continued good health,

Best Life Herbals Wellness Team

1 Uhl, S.A., et al, “Association of Osteoarthritis with Perfluorooctanoate and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate in NHANES 2003–2008,” Environmental Health Perspectives. Feb 14, 2013; doi:10.1289/ehp.1205673.


Common Household Items Promote Joint Pain

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