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What are "forever" chemicals? (aka PFAs) And are they bad? (PFAS part 1)

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Have you heard of "forever" chemicals? Or PFAS, or PFOAS, or Teflon, or a bunch of other associated names and labels? Or have you ever used nonstick cookware, or a modern rain coat, or the countless other items that use PFAS today? Well if you couldn't tell by the questions, it's almost certain that you have interacted with PFAS in your life. What are they? Why are they everywhere? Is it a big deal? Let's get into it.

References from this Episode

  1. https://youtu.be/tqKEG5LxPiY?t=189s
  2. https://cen.acs.org/policy/chemical-regulation/define-PFAS/100/i24#
  3. https://www.jbc.org/article/S0021-9258(18)65805-3/pdf
  4. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2020/em/d0em00291g#!divAbstract
  5. https://www.fda.gov/food/environmental-contaminants-food/and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas
  6. https://www.jbc.org/article/S0021-9258(18)65805-3/pdf

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