Doctor insights on:
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
Political question: Some of our veterans in Vietnam were exposed and while the stuff can disfigure a person with very heavy exposure, the claim by many groups that this exposure causes most or all of the subsequent health problems of these soldiers and their children has more to do with a desire to help these good people than it does with science. It is not "the deadliest chemical known." ...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?
Yes: The issue it that chemicals are released into the water from the plastic in the bottle that have be shown to be carcinogenic. Breast cancer comes to mind as one type that may be related to the exposure of this chemical. ...Read more
I say no: Probably no chemical exposure has been more deeply studied than that of vietnam vets and I could find nothing in the nih database to support this; there was a small increase reported in gulf war vets. Claims that testicular cancer results from too much / too little exercise or cannabis seem soft to me. Unless it's from cryptorchidism, don't look for a cause. ...Read more
Is it safe to put my body natural cream in plastic jar in the refrigerator, what about dioxin formation?
No worries: Sure, if you like it cool! Your fridge temp is about 8celcius which shouldn't cause dioxin formation. It depends on the cream's substances and preservatives. ...Read more
Agent orange, dioxin: Not that I am aware. I.Get a more detailed answer ›
What does a tsi of 440 mean when TSH levels are normal? I have severe glaucoma and was exposed to dioxin.
Elevated TSI: Tsi stands for antibody to the thyroid called thyroid stimulating hormone and cause hyperthyroid status if your thyroid is responding occasionally as in your case you maybe euthyroid you should be continuously monitored to assure euthyroid stays in future also look for eye signs. ...Read more
Does chewing (not swallowing) toilet paper over many years (if one has pica disease) cause cancer? Because of the presence of dioxin?
Unlikely: Get your iron and CBC checked. If your iron store are low you may be able to replace the iron by preparing tomato based sauces in an iron skillet (some people cannot tolerate iron tablets) Don't chew on toilet paper. You'll find your self having to go to the store to get more just when you need it. ...Read more
Can artificial trees made of PVC cause health problems includ. Cancer to adults? Can these trees cause cancer b/c PVC releases dioxins, arsenic, &lead?
Be discerning: If you were to believe everything that you read about the supposed dangers of common chemicals, you would be reading uncritically. There is a lot of money in fear-mongering and no laws against people simply making stuff up. The plastic itself is inert though some of the chemicals used to make it have presented hazards to workers. As far as "releasing dioxins, arsenic and lead", news to me. ...Read more
For 1year nipple areolas were chapped & leaking clear yellow liquid due to scratching.& swam in pool next to dioxin plant daily. More dioxin into body?
True.: Which is why we need environmental protections, to keep industry from doing things that hurt our health. They are motivated primarily by profit, it takes an epa to police them from releasing poisons. ...Read more