State lawmakers want Washington to be the first in the nation to ban perfluorinated chemicals in firefighting foam. Perfluorinated chemicals are used in firefighting foam to help contain petroleum fires. Firefighters have sprayed the foam around Washington’s military airstrips and fire-training facilities.
The chemicals have been linked to poor liver function and changes in reproductive hormones. Scientists are less certain about how the chemicals affect people, but it might cause certain cancers, thyroid problems and pregnancy-induced hypertension. State Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, is one of the bill’s sponsors and a firefighter. He said the No. 1 cause of death for firefighters is cancer. Another bill before Washington lawmakers would ban perfluorinated chemicals in food wrappers, like microwave popcorn bags and French fry containers.
In this article, Courtney Flatt explains the health problems these bills are addressing.
In story from Kansas City Fox newscaster Shannon O’Brien, she shares her experience of a makeover of her pantry and fridge with a registered dietitian. Shannon has Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and was surprised by some of her seemingly healthy choices. I hate those products that pretend to be healthy but turn out to be anything but! you can watch her report here: