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Which substances are addictive?

Which substances are addictive?

Great Question: How do I answer this question and it should be answered, not for substances only. The question has in fact evoked more questions in my mind when I think I have an answer From Nicotine to Caffeine From Alcohol to Heroin and in-betweens, From Eating disorders to Runners, From gambling to Promiscuity, all can be addictive. Its the pleasurable effect altering our mental state. No good answer. . ...Read more

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How dangerous are nicotine free electronic cigarretes/vapers compounds?

How dangerous are nicotine free electronic cigarretes/vapers compounds?

Unclear: Certainly, on balance, it is likely that e-cigs are safer than smoking tobacco in whatever form (pipes, cigars, cigarettes), and without the nicotine there is no longer a substance which causes both the physical dependency and the cardiovascular problems. However, there is usually a vehicle in the e-cig such as propylene glycol, and the safety of this when smoked is unknown. Ditto for additives. ...Read more

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Do carpets emit toxic chemicals?

Do carpets emit toxic chemicals?

Environ. Toxins: All new carpets emit 14 different types of solvents, of which, stryrene and xylene are two. These can be very toxic to environmentally ill patients and babies. Never lie a baby on new carpet! ...Read more

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Which plants absorb volatile organic compounds (vocs)?

Please be careful: Nature is full of her own volatile organic compounds, some of which are actually produced by plants -- even to communicate, or so we think. Some synthetic small molecules with low vaporizing temperatures are classed as pollutants in the VOC category. If you are persuaded that these are causing your ill-health, as some cultists say, you'll probably never feel well again. Plants won't clear them. ...Read more

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Could herbal shisha vapour actually contain carcinogens?

Could herbal shisha vapour actually contain carcinogens?

Yes: Herbal sisha vapor usually contains carcinogens. See: http://www.tobaccofreeu.org/cms-assets/documents/120710-860548.hookah.pdf ...Read more

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Are chemical sunscreens hazardous during pregnancy?

Are chemical sunscreens hazardous during pregnancy?

Sunscreen: Sunscreen is recommended for use in pregnancy as the skin is even more prone to burning and injury due to the hormonal changes ...Read more

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Does smoke from marijuana vaporizers contain carcinogens?

Does smoke from marijuana vaporizers contain carcinogens?

Yes but not problem: Yes but does not cause increase in cancer, even smoked heavily in joints chronically. ...Read more

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Is insecticide chemical harmful?

Is insecticide chemical harmful?

Yes : Please don't play with or consume insecticides. If you have done so conttact poison control and/or go to an emergency department. ...Read more

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Are lice shampoos potentially hazardous?

Are lice shampoos potentially hazardous?

Yes & no: Used appropriately these are not a problem. However, most available products are basically bug spray in liquid form or various alcohol preparations. They work by poisoning the lice. Leaving the med on too long, applying too often, inhaling the fumes etc increase the toxicity to the patient. Please follow directions & confer with your pcp if questions arise. ...Read more

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Why are harmful chemicals allowed in the workplace?

Why are harmful chemicals allowed in the workplace?

Safety: They are sometimes required to accomplish the mission. There should be msds sheets for each chemical in the workplace. ...Read more

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Is asphalt classifieded as hazardous waste?

Is asphalt classifieded as hazardous waste?

GREAT Question !: Asphalt made before the 1980's may contain coal tar products. Coal tar is classified as hazardous waste because it can pollute ground water. ...Read more

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Could hookah vape pens contain tobacco/nicotine?

Not tobacco: But the cartridges contain a liquid form of nicotine that is vaporized by the device. It can be dangerous if ingested, particularly by children. ...Read more

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Are water vapors without nicotine dangerous ?

Are water vapors without nicotine dangerous ?

Not in that way: The only danger that I can think of would be bacterial or viral infection. Moist, warm conditions are fantastic breeding ground for them. If you clean - very hot or boiling water and/or alcohol - the device before use and don't share w/ others who might carry disease it sounds safe. Even this may be a bit over-cautious for a strong, healthy young adult, but safe is better than sorry for fun things ...Read more

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Are hair dyes safe? Fumes irritate me.

Are hair dyes safe? Fumes irritate me.

Generally are TOXIC!: This is a great question. Few people (including doctors) realize how toxic most hair dyes are. Hair dyes can cause asthma & allergic reactions and are associated with increased risk of certain cancers (like non-hodgkin's lymphoma) & primary biliary cirrhosis, a lethal condition. However, not all dyes are equally toxic- there are safe alternatives like henna. See www.Squidoo.Com/hairdyedangers. ...Read more

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Are non methylated prohormones toxic to the liver?

Are non methylated prohormones toxic to the liver?

No: Not toxic..Not Helpful Another "Health Supplement" with questionable benefit at all. $$$ spent on NONSENCE. There are no scientifically based medical studies showing benefits from this latest of expensive dietary supplements Be Healthy...and Smart! Save your $$$$ Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Does thorne basic prenatal contain any synthetic materials?

Does thorne  basic prenatal contain any synthetic materials?

Yes: Here's the link to the thorne page where you can find a list of ingredients: http://www.Thorne.Com/products/womens-health/prd~vmp.Jsp i suggest you call the company (800-228-1966) if you have specific questions. ...Read more

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Are taking expired dietary supplements toxic?

Are taking expired dietary supplements toxic?

Expired medications: Dietary supplements that have an expiration date on them should be discarded. The chemical nature of any medication or supplement can change over time including the additives to that product. ...Read more

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