Via Mother Jones
Congresswoman Pat Schroeder was scrambling eggs, one day back in 1984, when she coined one of the most durable political metaphors of our time. Her 1984 description of Ronald Reagan as "the Teflon President" became instant vernacular, attaching itself to everyone from "Teflon Tony" Blair to "Teflon Don" John Gotti.
It is all the more ironic, then, that our favorite metaphor for bad press that won't stick comes from a product whose toxic legacy will stick around forever. Teflon, it turns out, gets its nonstick properties from a toxic, nearly indestructible chemical called pfoa, or perfluorooctanoic acid. Used in thousands of products from cookware to kids' pajamas to takeout coffee cups, pfoa is a likely human carcinogen, according to a science panel commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency. It shows up in dolphins off the Florida coast and polar bears in the Arctic; it is present, according to a range of studies, in the bloodstream of almost every American—and even in newborns (where it may be associated with decreased birth weight and head circumference). The nonprofit watchdog organization Environmental Working Group (ewg) calls pfoa and its close chemical relatives "the most persistent synthetic chemicals known to man." And although DuPont, the nation's sole Teflon manufacturer, likes to chirp that its product makes "cleanup a breeze," it is now becoming apparent that cleansing ourselves of pfoa is nearly impossible.
It is pretty apparent, given where they are finding the toxic effects, that both bush and Teflon are toxic to the entire world's population. (H/T cookie jill)
As a side note on this: If you are unfamiliar with the Environmental Working Group... They certainly deserve their day in the sun:
Via Dr. Z's Medical Report at Health Talk:
I’ve written a number of times about the importance of using sunscreen, and today there is important news about sunscreen products. An organization called The Environmental Working Group has released a report on their 18-month investigation of 783 sunscreen products with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. And the results are shocking: “The analysis found that 84 percent of 785 sunscreen products with an SPF rating of 15 or higher offer inadequate protection from the sun’s harmful rays, or contain ingredients with safety concerns.”
The good news is that they also identified 128 products that offer very good sun protection with ingredients that present minimal health risks to users.Because there are so many products involved, I can’t list either the “bad” ones or the “good” ones here. I urge you to visit the EWG Web site to get the full details.
They are a group that is doing some great work that the EPA should be doing (IMHO) but doesn't under the corrupt and coporate owned bush administration.