Using a Non-Stick Pan? You May Want to Read This

non stick pans 02By Dr. Edward Group

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Pans with a non-stick coating are convenient but new research suggests that the chemical used for the coating is extremely toxic and exposure can prove dangerous to brain health, the reproductive system, and immune system.

The Dangers of Non-Stick Coating

DuPont, the chemical engineering giant, is responsible for the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) used to make Teflon coating. Federal regulators linked the chemical to birth defects and cancer, and these regulators also accused DuPont of hiding these hazard reports for decades. This caused an uproar and forced DuPont to phase out production of the chemical in 2006. Regardless, PFOA has already infiltrated millions of homes; resulting in detectable amounts of the compound in the blood of nearly every American. It’s even been found in polar bears in the Arctic.

A new Environmental Working Group (EWG) report suggests that there is no safe level of exposure to the chemical in non-stick coatings, categorizing PFOA in the same league as asbestos and lead. This new report is supported by studies from the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) and Harvard University — studies that suggest blood levels of PFOA 400 times lower than the EPA’s current level could still cause adverse effects.

The Solution

There are some natural, safer alternatives to Teflon that you should be aware of. If you currently own a non-stick pan, throw them out immediately. Replace all non-stick bakeware with glass, and choose steel and cast iron for other cooking needs. Rely on healthy fats, like olive oil and coconut oil, to provide a natural non-stick surface for your cookware. Ideally, the majority of your diet should be uncooked and raw, meaning you shouldn’t have to worry too much about whether or not your food is sticking to cookware.

How do you avoid food sticking to your cookware? Please let us know in the comments!

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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About the author:

dr-edward-group-iiiDr. Edward F. Group III (DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM) founded Global Healing Center in 1998 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer. Heading up the research and development team, Dr. Group assumes a hands-on approach in producing new and advanced degenerative disease products and information.

Dr. Group has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the internet.

For more information, please visit Global Healing Center.


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  • lindasartori

    So what about ceramic pans?
    And will Dupont be held liable for purposely poisoning millions of people? Huh? Well?
    Let’s knock ’em down for this treachery.
    I mean it. Time is over for corporations to get away with murder and mayhem in the name of profit. Stop them.

    • Graham Carriage Works

      I see that nobody answered your question. I would like to know the answer as well.

  • VicLmech

    I threw out all teflon coated pans a few years ago and switched to all stainless. To keep food from sticking when frying, it is essential to clean the bottom of the pan well. You can use BonAmi powder, soap, and a good quality scouring pad. Grease with pure butter and food, even fried eggs, will cook without sticking.

  • Larry Drinnin

    Not true on using soap. Soap can be used if desired, just season after. For further clarification please go to No I don’t work for them, but I had the same questions about cleaning cast iron and it had been too many years since I had seen my great grandma’s methods.

  • David White, Toronto

    Your cast iron pans will scratch the ceramic stove top

  • TheLoneStarBand

    the directions for my flat cooktop state that I should NOT use cast iron since it may scratch or crack the surface…I’ll just use my cast iron pan on my grill. 🙂