According to Robert Bilott (an environmental lawyer), PFAS have been found in the Arctic ice cap, in the blood of animals (including arctic bears), and in humans, including recently born babies. We can find PFAS in almost everything, drinking water, pesticides, food, makeup, everywhere.
PFAS chemicals never degrade. That is why they are called “forever” chemicals. They are found in:
•food—for example, in fish caught from water contaminated by PFAS and dairy products from livestock exposed to PFAS
•food packaging—for example, in grease-resistant paper, fast-food containers/wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, and candy wrappers
•personal-care products—for example, in certain shampoos, dental floss, and cosmetics
•household products and dust—for example, in stain- and water-repellent products used on carpets, upholstery, clothing, and other fabrics; cleaning products; nonstick cookware; paints, varnishes, and sealants
Diseases related to PFAS
Current peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown that exposure to certain levels of PFAS might lead to:
•increased risk of some cancers, including prostate, kidney, and testicular cancers
•reproductive effects such as decreased fertility or increased high blood pressure in pregnant women
•developmental effects or delays in children, including low birth weight, accelerated puberty, bone variations, or behavioral changes
•reduced ability of the body’s immune system to fight infections, including reduced vaccine response
•interference with the body’s natural hormones
•increased cholesterol levels and/or risk of obesity
Pregnant and lactating women
Breast milk from mothers with PFAS in their blood and formula made with water containing PFAS can expose infants to PFAS, and it might also be possible for children to be exposed in utero during pregnancy. Scientists continue to do research in this area.
1.United States Environmental Protection Agency. https://www.epa.gov/pfas/our-current-understanding-human-health-and-environmental-risks-pfas.
2.Basic Information on PFAS, PFOA, PFOS, and Other PFAS, US Environmental Pro-tection Agency (EPA).
3.State Bar of Michigan. (June 2022). Retrieved from https://www.michbar.org/journal/Details/PFAS-in-the-courts-Whats-happened-Whats-next?ArticleID=4448.
4.The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (N.D) https://www.seacc.org/water-quailty/pfas/