In a shocking study from Harvard School of Public Health, people who simply switched their cookware lost an average of 14 pounds of body weight in six months.
Because the pots and pans they started using didn’t contain perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs.
Let me explain…
If you can’t lose weight, the problem might not be the food you’re eating — it could be your cookware.
Non-stick pots and pans are made with fluoride compounds that turns into a toxic gas when heated.
These fumes can cause an illness called the “Teflon flu.”
If the pan is scratched or old, you could be eating these chemicals.
And these toxins can make you fat.
Research shows that PFC plays a big role in weight gain and obesity.1 A brand new study says PFC can make you regain MORE weight after a diet.
Harvard researchers conducted a two-year trial called POUNDS LOST. They measured PFC in 621 overweight and obese people. They also measured changes in their body weight and resting metabolic rate.2
During the first six months, the people followed a diet and lost an average of 14 pounds of body weight. During months six through 24 they went off the diet and regained an average of 6 pounds.
But the data showed that people with higher levels of PFC at the start of the study — especially women — regained more of their weight.
In fact, those with the highest levels of PFC regained almost twice as much weight compared to those with the lowest levels.
People with higher PFC also had a bigger decline in their resting metabolic rate (RMR) while they were counting calories. And they had less of an increase in their RMR after they stopped. In other words, they burned fewer calories.
But these toxins don’t just make you pack on the pounds…
They also disrupt your estrogen balance.
When they get into your bloodstream, they attach to your estrogen receptors. They mimic real estrogen but they are MUCH stronger. All of these alien estrogens knock your other hormones out of balance.
And that triggers mood swings, extreme emotions, low sex drive, night sweat — as well as loss of muscle, bloating and increased belly fat.
It’s a double-whammy of weight gain.
These chemical toxins have been around since the 1950s. And they’re not just in your cookware. PFC is also dumped from chemical plants into our water supply.
Other PFCs are used to make fabrics and carpets resistant to stains and water. They are in many household items like upholstered furniture, carpeting, car seats, luggage, shoes and boots. You’ll find them in products like GORE-TEX®, Scotchgard™ and Stainmaster®.
They’re also added to cosmetics, shampoos, dental products, medical products and nail polish.
These chemicals are very stable. They break down slowly and stay in your body for a long time.
They are also linked to cancer. They can lead to low thyroid function, infertility, immune system dysfunction, cognitive impairment and developmental issues in children.3
Some PFCs including some in Teflon pans and Scotchgard™ have been banned or phased out as hazardous. But they are quickly being replaced with new PFCs that may be just as toxic.4
It’s almost impossible to avoid PFCs in our modern world. When the CDC tested the blood of 2,094 people, they found them in 98% of the people.5
Purge PFCs Naturally
I recommend detoxing on a regular basis to keep your liver working well and to eliminate PFCs from your body. Here’s what you can do:
- Clear out toxins with intravenous chelation. I offer safe intravenous (IV) chelation to just about every patient I see. For IV chelation, I inject calcium disodium EDTA directly into your bloodstream. In no time at all, EDTA grabs toxins and drags them out — painlessly.
If you’d like more information about IV chelation, contact the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine at 561-784-7852. My staff would be happy to answer your questions.
- Try some activated charcoal. Like EDTA, activated charcoal grabs onto toxic molecules. Then it escorts them from your body. Just a tiny amount can absorb and wash away years of toxins and even heavy metal buildup.
Look for activated charcoal as a very fine, black powder in your local health food store or online. I like activated charcoal made from coconut shells. Take 20 to 30 grams mixed with water once a day for one to two weeks.
- Eat the oldest food on earth. Spirulina is an algae that’s rich in cleansing nutrients that make it a powerful blood detoxifier. Its blue-green pigment stores nitrogen atoms. These atoms bond with heavy metals, toxins, and radioactive substances. Once the nitrogen grabs a toxin, it sweeps it safely out of your body.
You can buy spirulina supplements in pill or powder form at health food stores or online. Try adding the powder to smoothies, guacamole or salad dressings. Start with 500 mg and work up to 3,000 mg per day.
And when detoxing or cleansing, drink lots of water to help flush everything away.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Holtcamp W. “Obesogens: an environmental link to obesity.” Environ Health Perspect. 2012.
2. Liu G et al. “Perfluoroalkyl substances and changes in body weight and resting metabolic rate in response to weight-loss diets: A prospective study.” PLoS Med. 2018 Feb 13.
3. Fei C., et al. “Prenatal Exposure to Perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and Maternally Reported Developmental Milestones in Infancy.” Environ Health Perspect. 2008 Oct.
4. Environmental Working Group. (2017, February 1). National Study: Toxic Chemicals Still Found Many Fast Food Wrappers [Press release]. Retrieved from https://www.ewg.org/release/national-study-toxic-nonstick-chemicals-still-found-many-fast-food-wrappers#.WszIsS7waCh
5. CDC Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals (Fourth Report), 2009.