Recent studies link a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) to human thyroid hormonal imbalances and diseases. PFOA is found in the coatings of non-stick cookware, stain resistant carpeting, upholstery and clothing. The most common way PFOA makes its way into the human body is by eating foods cooked in non-stick cookware or foods that touched non-stick coatings on fast food wrappers and styrofoam packaging.
The researchers found that the individuals with the highest 25% of PFOA concentrations (above 5.7ng/ml) were more than twice as likely to report current thyroid disease than individuals with the lowest 50% of PFOA concentrations (below 4.0ng/ml). The most specific analysis included 163 women and 46 men who reported having current thyroid disease and who were taking thyroid medication at the time the blood samples were taken.
What is the moral of the story? Organic, all natural carpet, or just cut out the hairy stuff altogether. Get natural, organic furniture, not stuff made out of synthetics and PFOA. But more importantly, replace all non-stick cookware with stainless steel, woods and metals without the teflon coatings. Your thyroid will be much happier and more easily regulate your metabolism and mood without a bonbardment of PFOA.