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Dioxin Side Effects
Could every breath of polluted air you take contribute to your dioxin body burden, causing mutagenic, carcinogenic, and neurotoxic effects?
Whoa: You're reading disinformation. Dioxins aren't even mutagens. I'm sorry you found this stuff -- which is made up by "advocates" to get political benefits -- and that it's gotten you all worried. But you can't go through life like this. Look around you. People in the developed world have never been healthier. Be grateful, and stop letting your mind be darkened in this way. ...Read more
Dioxin exposure: The epa has set its threshold for safe dioxin exposure at a toxicity equivalence (teq) of 0.7 picograms per kg of body weight per day. Anything above that level can potentially have harmful effects. The epa further says findings show that generally, over a person's lifetime, current exposure to dioxins does not pose a significant health risk. Air levels of dioxin have dropped 90% since 1987. ...Read more
I wouldn't worry: Much of the concern of dioxin, which is not even a mutagen, is driven by the injustices and folly of the Vietnam war rather than any real science. Probably some people will disagree with me vehemently, but I'm aware of no syndrome of chronic low-level exposure, much less a lethal one. ...Read more
I was cooking vegetables in a pan but burnt a plastic choping board on hob for 10 seconds, I ate the vegetables could i have ingested dioxin?
Insignificant amount: Burning plastics can release harmful dioxins. This is a concern if you warm food within certain plastics in the microwave over time. The long term toxic effects are unknown and such toxins can persist in adipose tissue for a long time. That is just a public service warning: I would be rest assured that you have not done significant harm in this scenario. ...Read more
Not great: is an extremely toxic chemical. A draft report by the EPA described dioxin as a Group 1 carcinogen, and that levels of dioxin have been found in the US population that are "at or near levels associated with adverse health effects." Most studies linking dioxin to cancer are animal based where the animals are more susceptible. Low dose dioxin is present in almost all and are not a serious risk. ...Read more
Herbicide: This was famously used in the Vietnam war in a perhaps-ill-advised attempt to destroy the environment and make enemy fighters visible; a contaminant caused chloracne. Politicians have become involved with the difficult scientific question of whether and to what extent the chemical has caused long-term health problems in soldiers and the unborn. Read about "Agent Orange" with discernment. ...Read more
Do you know are the types of dioxins present in auto exhaust the type that bioaccumulate in the body for decades?
Danger seems minor: If you believed everything you read about dioxins, you'd be reading uncritically. It's enormously politicized, and much of what's written both by "greens" and "industry" is clearly bogus. Dioxins accumulate in the food chain, but are not specially stored in humans that ingest or inhale them; Mr. Yusuchenko got rid of the toxic dose quickly though he was left with scars. ...Read more
Is it true that a plastic bottle of water left in the sun will release dioxins and is particularly bad for woman to drink?
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