The Poison Paradox: Chemicals As Friends and Foes by John Timbrell

By John Timbrell

On a daily basis we're surrounded through chemical compounds which are in all likelihood destructive. a few of these we take deliberately within the type of medications; a few we take unknowingly throughout the foodstuff we consume, and the surroundings round us. John Timbrell explores what makes specific chemical compounds damaging, what their results are, and the way we will attempt for them. He examines medicinal drugs equivalent to Paracetamol and what it does to the physique; Ricin, the main poisonous substance identified to guy; Paraquat, a broadly on hand weedkiller; and the way the puffer fish, eaten as a delicacy in Japan, can kill. utilizing case reports from everywhere in the international, akin to the Spanish Oil syndrome which revamped 20,000 humans sick in Madrid, Timbrell uncovers the evidence in the back of chemical scares. He indicates how, with a rational, medical, and balanced process, hazards might be assessed and controlled thoroughly.

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Protective agents will react with and remove 24 Bodily Functions How the body protects itself The liver and other organs, have evolved methods of protection against reactive, potentially dangerous chemicals. For example, there are antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E, which will remove chemicals such as the various forms of reactive oxygen and other free radicals. There are various kinds of thiols, molecules containing sulphur, which will also react with such reactive radicals, and the most important of these is glutathione.

Repeated doses of a drug can lead to accumulation in the body and eventually toxic effects. This happens with aspirin when it is taken repeatedly by patients with influenza or arthritis; it can lead to the build-up of toxic levels. Many of us are bitterly aware of the consequences of accumulation of alcohol: too many glasses of wine in too short a space of time (due to the desirable effects of alcohol) leads to drunkenness followed by a hangover (due to the unpleasant and undesirable breakdown products).

An alternative way in which chemicals can affect the immune system is by depressing the system so that it does not function properly. Dioxin is a Bodily Functions 43 . Schematic diagram of the development of a newborn animal. The process can be disrupted by chemicals at various stages so that the embryo develops with malformations or other abnormalities. The stages when the limbs and organs are developing are the most sensitive to disruptions that cause malformations. Disruption of early and late stages is more likely to result in smaller babies or abortions.

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