Could Your Carpets Be Killing You?


You can’t fool a fooler and you can’t kid a kid– but can you kill a killer?

Carpets can– and they’re willing to share their secret.

Because of a highly toxic, extremely persistent group of chemicals in carpets called perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, which never break down in the environment, the oceans’ killer whales– among other sea creatures– are in great peril. PFC has been detected in the blood of animals who live as far off as the Arctic Circle, and the chemical has been seen to build up in a human’s body so much as to appear in a mother’s breast milk or even the umbilical-cord blood of newborns.

You’ll probably run into one of the head honchos of this silent killer family, PFOA, which is used to manufacture Teflon coatings, grease-repellent coverings on food packaging and pet-food bags– not to mention stain- and water-repellent treatments you often use on both your carpets and clothes. Maybe you were right all along when you didn’t like your mom’s rule of  “no shoes in the house.”

But because of all the things PFOA can get into, it often resides even in household dust– which you unknowingly inhale. It also washes off clothing into graywater, which plummets into waterways and ultimately resurfaces to pollute animals and their food supply. In fact, high-fat dairy products often test positive for PFC contamination. Furthermore, this chemical compound has been associated with health issues ranging from thyroid problems to high cholesterol and infertility to preeclampsia, which is high blood pressure in pregnant women.

Unfortunately, other PFCs not named PFOA are also still being used on carpets and upholstered furniture, not to mention in after-market treatments for these same products. Things don’t get better there, either; there are many carpet-cleaning products that carry PFC-based stain repellents that end up renewing your carpet’s existing treatment, as it wears down over time and with additional cleanings.

As if that wasn’t enough to have you keepin’ the shoes on, many chemical companies are switching away from PFOA and are moving to related chemicals that offer nearly identical health risks and environmental problems!


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all health related advice.

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