Reducing FOREVER CHEMICALS and Removing Them From Our Bodies

  • by Nils Osmar. September 16, 2023
  • This post is not intended as, and should not be taken as, medical advice. 
  • See full Medical Disclaimer

PFAS, or “P.F.A.S.” (pronounced “pea-fazz”) stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. These chemicals can cause damage on various levels, including altering our cholesterol and liver enzymes, lowering birth weight in newborn babies, and changing our immune response to vaccines. They’ve been found to increase our risk of some cancers, including prostate, kidney, and testicular cancers.

PFAS are found in hundreds of different household items ranging from waterproof fabrics to non-stick pans. Common sources include food packaging, fabric treatments and stain-resistant coatings, as well as contaminated drinking water. Some common sources include: 

  • Cosmetics
  • Cleaning products
  • Fast food containers
  • Microwave popcorn bags
  • Pizza boxes
  • Candy wrappers
  • Nonstick cookware
  • Paints, varnishes, and sealants
  • Personal care products
  • Stain-resistant coatings
  • Water-resistant clothes

Of course, it’s also good to reduce our exposure as much as possible. Things I’m doing along that line include only drinking purified water, and having air purifiers running continuously in my home and also in car whenever I’m driving it.

According to a recent study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Network Open, one way of reducing the levels of these harmful chemicals in our blood is by donating blood.  And donating plasma may have even more benefit.  

One group that can have a very high exposure to PFAS is firefighters, because of the high levels of chemicals in the foam they use to put out fires.  According to the study’s authors, “In this randomized clinical trial of 285 firefighters, both blood and plasma donations resulted in significantly lower PFAS levels than observation alone. Plasma donation was the most effective intervention, reducing mean serum per-fluoro-octane sulfonate levels by 2.9 ng/mL compared with a 1.1-ng/mL reduction with blood donation, a significant difference; similar changes were seen with other PFAX.”

I haven’t donated blood for a while, but reducing the level of contaminants in the body seems to me to be a good reason for doing so. I’ll be setting up my next donation appointment soon.

It’s a little unsettling to realize that the reason donating is reducing the chemicals in our bodies is because they’re in the blood, which is then going into other people. But obviously, people do need blood transfusions sometimes to survive.

Not medical advice

This article is not intended as, and should not be taken as, medical advice. I’m not advising that people eat any particular diet or take any particular supplement(s), just reporting on what I’m doing. Supplements, like medications and other interventions, can have side effects; I would encourage people to research both possible benefits and side effects before starting on any supplementation regimen, and consult with a medical professional about any issues which might have a medical component.  See full Medical Disclaimer

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