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Grease-Proof Paper Plates May Poison Your Joints


Chemicals used in certain stain- and water-resistant fabrics, grease-proof paper food containers, personal care products, and other items may give you osteoarthritis. The toxins in question, known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), are common pollutants that take a very long time to break down.

“We found that PFOA and PFOS exposures are associated with higher prevalence of osteoarthritis, particularly in women, a group that is disproportionately impacted by this chronic disease,” says researcher Sarah Uhl. The research was the focus of Uhl’s Master’s of Environmental Science Program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Although production and usage of PFOA and PFOS have declined due to safety concerns, we are still exposed to significant amounts in the environment.

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About the Author: Carl Lowe has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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  • Ed Jackson

    Why is there an FDA? They get paid to allow manufacturers to poison us with their products. No one seems to care that our air, water and food are full of unhealthy chemicals. And now we see that grease-proof paper plates are made with chemicals known to cause health problems.
    Who is making these rotten decisions, letting these products be sold to the public, when they should be outlawed instead. What a dishonest government we have in this country! Money under the table is the way they operate, at the taxpayers expense. Mercury in our fillings, HFCS in ketchup, ice cream, etc., arsenic in rice, bromine in flour, Splenda (a tri-chlorinated hydrocarbon= possible carcinogen=franken-sugar) sold as sweetener, processed foods(?) full of lab chemicals and artificial lab colors and additives. And lots of drugs left on the market long after they’ve been proven to hurt large percentages of patients. Our federal government has sold us out to big business, big pharma and big agro-giants who poison us for maximum profit with the help of our elected “representatives,” who are getting rich from their evil partnerships.