AFSO21's Weekend Wrap-up Podcast

Doctor Jamie Dewitt, aka the "Toxicology Chick" Speaks About PFAS Impact to Firefighters

April 25, 2021 Kevin Ferrara / Dr. Jamie DeWitt Season 2 Episode 9
AFSO21's Weekend Wrap-up Podcast
Doctor Jamie Dewitt, aka the "Toxicology Chick" Speaks About PFAS Impact to Firefighters
Show Notes

In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara speaks one-on-one with Doctor Jamie DeWitt from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU), North Carolina.

Dr. DeWitt shares her work on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances  (PFAS) and the impact it has on the human body, especially firefighters who use products containing PFAS in their everyday tasks.

Dr. Dewitt explains that even if the production of PFAS were to stop today, we would still be exposed due to the amount of PFAS that exists emphasizing that prevention is critical in reducing exposure.  She further explains that some PFAS that was produced by manufacturers, data is not readily accessible. 

Dr. DeWitt when asked about PFAS blood testing, she explains what she would do if her blood test results indicated high levels of PFAS.  Rather than focusing on the "numbers", Dr. DeWitt explains she would focus on "risks" such as family history of thyroid, kidney cancer, or other diseases. 

Links
Jamie C. DeWitt, Ph.D.

Toxicology Chick

The Big Reveal: Hundreds of Health Studies on Next Gen PFAS

Dr. DeWitt Congressional Testimony (July 24, 2019)

Dr. DeWitt Congressional Testimony (March 21, 2021)

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