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If You Donít Know, Now You Know: Toxic PFA Chemicals | The Daily Show

If You Donít Know, Now You Know: Toxic PFA Chemicals | The Daily Show
right now we're all on edge because of the coronavirus and yes it is scary but you

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what helps me sleep at night it's remembering that there are a million other things that could kill me first yeah there's car accidents or fires or that suicide pact I made with my best friend in high school if we weren't married by now but luckily luckily the US government recently took action to cross one potential killer off the list the US Environmental Protection Agency is targeting pieces

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in its new proposal for a national drinking water standard PFS are

toxic

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linked to serious diseases like Oh cancer and liver damage and thyroid disease and guess what they never ever ever degrade in fact they're

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n as forever

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they're so prevalent CDC scientists believe PFS

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are in the blood streams of nearly all Americans yeah apparently there's a group of

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called natha's there are in all of our blood and it might cause cancer and because they're impossible to break down they're

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n as forever

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which sounds really dangerous but also kind of romantic it sounds like something from an old-school R&B song you

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it's just a girl I want to be your forever chemical there's nothing

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about our low but what are these forever

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and how did they get into us because if it's not sexually transmitted I don't

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how I got it well let's find out in another installment of if...
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you don't

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now you

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now forever

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might be with us until the end of time but they were only engineered by scientists about 80 years ago and for a while it seemed like they would only change the world for the better PFS

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were first discovered in 1938 accidentally by scientists they were used a few years later in the Manhattan Project what make PFS so useful in manufacturing is how the

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fit together the fluorine atoms just so happened to fit perfectly around the carbon atoms to create a bond that resists things like heat oil and water it's in most products that are water heat and grease resistant they're used to repel water grease and oil in all sorts of things from carpets to clothing to nonstick cookware that's right forever

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are used to keep things like food oil and moisture from sticking to surfaces which you can't deny is really useful I mean like I don't wanna get cancer but at the same time have you ever tried scraping eggs or not like like a sticky pan have you tried that it's a nightmare like they have definitely been times when I was just like I'd rather be dead and this technology this technology was discovered by scientists entirely by accident which always amazes me that they can do this like science is always making one thing but then they discover something totally different you

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I mean like I've done the same thing in my life like one time I was trying to create dinner for my...
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girlfriend but instead I discovered that she didn't love me I guess in a way me and Stacy were also nonstick but the point is the point is these forever

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have tons of uses they were even used in the Manhattan Project to help build the first atomic bomb which means at some point in the 1940s a general was like did you discover a way to defeat the Germans and the scientists were like we're still working on it but but before I get to that has this ever happened to you now forever

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would be incredible if they remained in all those products like they were supposed to unfortunately they just can't seem to stay put so once they're made they just accumulate in the environment they end up in our water supply they end up in our food and they end up in us the environmental watchdog group found forever

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or PF s in drinking water in some 31 states you'll find them in the lining of typical takeout containers and pizza boxes but the toxins in the packaging can transfer into food the Food and Drug Administration just found substantial levels in some grocery store meats and seafood and they found even higher levels in chocolate cake that can be bought off the shelf damn chocolate cake takes no prisoners if it doesn't get you with the diabetes it's got a backup plan to take you down with secret

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yeah it's like if Walter White teamed up with Betty Crocker and why does this always happen with food we love huh so is the food we...
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love that's coming to kill us you never hear the news say this just and fermented horse meat is bad for you it's always like do you enjoy chocolate cake and water well you did now because chocolate cake would have been bad enough but forever

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are also in our water our water people that means it's in the sink it's in the

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er which means they see me naked so it could give me cancer and blackmail me I swear to god forever

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you tell anyone about that thing hanging off my back and I'll kill you so anyway thanks to forever

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everything from your food your drinking water is contaminated and yes the EPA is finally starting to take action now but people have been raising concerns about these forever

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for decades and for decades companies like DuPont were brushing off those concerns like they were food on a Teflon pan even DuPont says it cannot rule out the Teflon connected products such as its Stainmaster carpet treatment give off the chemical uma Chaudhary a vice president of research is the DuPont executive chosen to publicly defend Teflon she says Teflon is completely safe even if the key chemical is in everyone's blood everyone has it everyone has it's in my blood your blood possibly we do not believe there are any adverse health effects good things to have it in your blood there are lots of

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that are present in our there are lots of

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in our blood yeah but right now we're talking about the...

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your company put there what kind of defense is this can you imagine if you caught someone breaking into your home and you're like hey what are you doing here they're like there are many people in houses right now I mean who's that guy like that's my husband my point exactly so at this point at this point no matter what the government does to fight forever

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there's a good chance a lot of the damage is already done if you've got blood these forever

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are in it so all companies like DuPont can do now is just put their best spin on things which isn't easy well I want life I ran into punts I would I'll try I'm trying to like figure out a way to make it look good you

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I wouldn't hide the fact that they may have poisoned almost every human on the face of the planet no I I would make ads to own it with pride what do banks real estate and the Oscars have in common discrimination but at DuPont we're all about inclusivity that's right no matter who you are or where you're from DuPont will poison you I grew up in Texas and I've got DuPont

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in my blood look at me I am from Uganda and I am poison because of all these

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in my blood the doctors say I've got cancer and so does Michael husband DuPont forever

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for everyone you