A prominent endocrinologist discusses the health and environmental impact of perfluorinated compounds (PFAS, PFOS), chemical compounds used in many products -from popcorn bags to fire-fighting foam to upholstery materials. These compounds are now found globally – in people, animals, and environment. They affect, among other things, the brain, kidneys and the immune system, and are associated with a number of diseases. The producers of PFOAs were aware of the toxicity of these chemicals even in the late 1970s, but only recently have scientists been able to obtain that data. Because PFAS remain in the body over the lifespan, the withholding of data for decades has undermined medical research.
BIO: Philippe Grandjean, D.M.Sc, M.D.
Philippe Grandjean is Professor and Chair of Environmental Medicine, University of Southern Denmark; Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-Editor (with David Ozonoff, Boston University School of Public Health) of Environmental Health journal. Author, Only One Chance: How Environmental Pollution Impairs Brain Development – and How to Protect the Brains of the Next Generation (Oxford Univ Press, 2015).