Now why should such an article give me delight – make me amused?
The same in Norways NRK
It is because the chemicals mentioned are all related to ptfe – another name for PTFE is TEFLON.
Lets be a little clearer – ptfe is polytetrafluoroethylene.
It is a chemical muchly used in house hold appliances – even for lining cookware – in the oven too.
Some 25 years ago i attended an auction and baught 600 cans of military surplus IFL. This proved to be another name for PTFE – apparently the military used a great deal of it but soldiers being what they are liked to smoke whilst using it – as a result they became very ill – so it was warehoused and – lost in the system.
I quickly found out that the stuff was worth nearly £11 a can and i had paid something like 20 pence. So i felt it important to do as much research as possible – what i found was a little surprising – but first a little story from a friend who worked at porton down
My friend told me they had been working in one of the portacabins on the site when the alarm went off – it turned out that a coulegue had been making some glassware when a co worker had sprayed some ptfe into the apparatus out of curiosity – my friend went on to say – “he had a myocardial infraction within 3 minutes, he was very lucky to survive.”
In other words the instant the chemical hit the red hot glasss a substance was produced that gave his friend a heart attack and nearly cost him his life.
So i did some research – my god this stuff is on cookware – we know about it, its no secret and yet so many people use it – no wonder we have so much sickness – people with unexplained flus.
You see PTFE gives off a number of very nasty substances when overheated – 220 degrees centigrade is the tip off point – takes an average of 6 minutes for an old fashioned electric stove to reach that temperature – the main gas is called perfleuroisobutene – this is really nasty stuff – its in section 2 of the chemical weapons register.
lets be clear the stuff destroys tissue for a start – that is why people often have heart attacks when they ingest the stuff – this is why you get fluid on your lungs – what they dont tell you is that the damage is cumulative – that is you appear to recover but you still have scar tissue – that is if you get a tiny exposure -
This is what du pont – who make the stuff says
Here you have it in black and white by the producers themselves – if it gets TOO hot it makes you sick.
IF IT GETS too HOT IT MAKES YOU SICK – CANT GET MUCH PLAINER THAN THAT.
So why does it not kill you if it is so dangerous – simple reason – the coating on cookware is extremely thin – ohh yes there is enough to kill any pet birds you may have but not you – it will just make you a little bit sick.
This is an article linked to the wiki article on perfleuroisobutene – pfib
essentially it talks about some guys dying from exposure to this gas from Tefon
Now why should i find this FUNNY – Because we have endless state run organizations supposedly protecting us from the dangers of poisonous chemicals – i found an article on dangerous household chemicals on the nrk website and contacted the authors to ask them why Teflon was not included – they agreed that the chemical was dangerous but their original source had not mentioned the substance – so i contacted their source – the miljødirektoratet and got nowhere.
I find it amusing because im no scientist – i have no qualifications – i simply read and digest – the papers i select are carefully scrutinized for reliability – and yet i am ignored – yes that is funny because i know im right.
Anyway i made a film
Buying teflon coated cookware is a expensive option – lets say your frying pan cost £30 – it lasts for 5 years and you have to buy a new one – lets say you buy a cast iron – or stainless steel one and it costs you £50 – you have it for life.