Toxic chemicals have been found in ALL brands of toilet paper all across the globe – raising alarming concerns about the dangers that consumers are exposing their bodies to on a daily basis. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio: Toxic chemicals have been found in all brands of toilet paper all across the globe, raising alarm concerns about the dangers that consumers are exposing their bodies too daily. Again, you’ve heard it before. I’ve tried the first cases ever tried dealing with these PFAS products up in the Ohio River Valley. Tried five of them. That’s the first time that anybody even learned about it. They made two movies about it. One was called Dark Waters, the other one was called, The Devil We Know. Terrible, terrible history on this chemical. Now we find it’s in toilet paper.

Farron Cousins: Yeah. It’s especially troubling, as you know, this thing can cause all kinds of endocrine problems, you know, problems with fetuses, every cancer imaginable, basically. It is poison. It is pure poison that we as humans, as other species out there as well, 98% of us already have this in our system. We’re drinking it in our water. The EPA has done nothing. They’re finally saying, maybe we’re gonna come out and start regulating this. But with it being so prevalent in all the water, it gets into all of the plants and that’s of course, where we end up with the problem that it’s now in our toilet paper.

Mike Papantonio: Why do you think there’s such a yawn story? You know, there’s stories like when we talk about climate change, it’s, ah, it’s a yawn. You know, we talk about the environment, most of the time it’s a yawn. This is a yawn story. This is where people don’t understand what we’re talking about here. I guess maybe we just haven’t broken through. But it causes cancer, it causes birth defects, it causes brain issues, neurological issues, it causes gastrointestinal issues. We tried those cases. I personally tried those cases up in the Ohio River Valley up in, actually tried ’em in Columbus, Ohio over a period of about two years. This is a bad, this is bad stuff. But again, you know, people are gonna say, ah, I don’t know what PFAS is. Therefore, I’m not worried about it.

Farron Cousins: Well, and a lot of ’em think, oh, well, if I’m already drinking it, if it’s already in my body, clearly I have no problems right now, so I’m gonna be okay. Maybe it’ll flush itself out. But it doesn’t do that. It’s bioaccumulative

Mike Papantonio: Every time you get exposed, it builds up more in your body. It’s in the environment for a million years. If it’s in the soil or the water, it’s there a million years and it has the capacity to cause horrendous, horrendous physical illness. But, you know, again, it’s, you’ll see this will be, ahh, yawn.

Farron Cousins: Well, and then folks need to understand too, with it being in the toilet paper, you can actually absorb it through the skin.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah.

Farron Cousins: So it’s not like, oh, but I’m not eating toilet paper. It’s not gonna get. Nope. It can be absorbed through your skin, through any body opening. It’s horrendous. And people, again, don’t care. And maybe it’s because they feel there’s nothing I can do about this.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah. Maybe it is. We’ll keep talking about it anyway.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.