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Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Can Teflon make you sick?

Big news story out of KATU in Portland, Oregon. They cooked bacon. That's when everything went wrong. Horribly wrong.
When a Teflon coated pan reaches 554-degrees, ultra-fine particles start coming off the pan. The particles can imbed in the lungs and lead to "Teflon Flu."

The illness causes flu-like symptoms, including headache, backache, and a temperature between 100 and 104 degrees.

The hotter a Teflon pan gets, the more chemicals are released and at 680 degrees, six toxic gases can begin to come off of heated Teflon.
ABC News is on the story.

For the love of everything that is good and pure, please cook on MEDIUM! Or MEDIUM/HIGH, if you must.

You could also try using the microwave.

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