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PFAS “Forever Chemicals” (from Toxic Sewage Sludge and Military Waste), Immunotoxicity, and COVID-19

Toxic sewage sludge applied as a “fertilizer” on agricultural lands is banned on any farm or ranch that is certified as Organic or Biodynamic, and for good reason. If an organic farm is contaminated with PFAS, this is almost always because it was contaminated before it became certified as organic. Read more about this on OCA's Stop Toxic Sludge campaign page.

OCA’s ally, Alliance for Natural Health, warns that there is a “startling connection between PFAS exposure and COVID-19 severity. A study published December 2020 in the journal PLoS, indicates that a specific perfluorinate may increase risk for more severe cases of Covid-19 pneumonia.”

Environmental Health Symposium reports:

“Exposure to PFAS has been correlated with many different health conditions—kidney and testicular cancer, low birth weight, thyroid disease, decreased sperm quality, cancer, thyroid disease, asthma, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, reproductive damage and immunotoxicity. Areas with high levels of perfluorinates in drinking water have shown increased incidence of diabetes, cerebrovascular diseases, myocardial infarction, and Alzheimer’s disease in both sexes and kidney cancer, breast cancer, and Parkinson’s disease in females… A study published December 2020 in the journal PLoS, indicates that a specific perfluorinate may increase risk for more severe cases of Covid-19 pneumonia. ‘It’s probably what’s in the lungs that counts because that’s where the big Covid battle is fought,’ said Philippe Grandjean, the principal author of the study looking at Covid-19 hospitalized patients and their PFAS levels.’

Grandjean’s study involved 323 patients with Covid-19, 215 of whom were hospitalized. The researchers analyzed the blood of these patients for the presence of five PFAS compounds known to be immunotoxic and found that only perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA), was associated with the severity of the disease. More than half of those seriously ill with Covid-19 had elevated PFBA levels in their plasma, while less than 20 percent of those with mild illness had elevated levels of the chemical.”

Read more: PFAS the “Forever Chemicals”, Immunotoxicity, and Covid-19

Read more about how military bases are the major source of PFAS pollution in the U.S.