If you have read my book, you probably put your Teflon cookware in the rubbish, where it belongs. If not, consider this recent story, written by Michael Hawthorne and printed in the Chicago Tribune, January, 2005:
EPA (ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY) CHARGES DUPONT HID TEFLON'S RISKS
This is one more sorry tale of poisoning for profit. Much too long to re-print here, this article explains why Teflon is so dangerous and how DuPont Chemical Company has known since 1961 that it ... "accumulates in the body, doesn't break down in the environment and causes ailments in animals, including cancer, liver damage and birth defects."
Even worse, the chemical used to manufacture Teflon, perfluorooctanoic acid (PUFA), "With no government oversight, has been used since the early 1950s in the manufacture of non-stick cookware, rain-repellent clothing and hundreds of other products." And, if you want to ponder something REALLY horrible -- doctors are actually injecting a Teflon derivative into wrinkles, because it is more permenant than Botox!