The Department of Health in New York State, NYSDOH, has released new information to protect people from harmful toxic substances – defining substances that can be poisonous and negatively impact health. They include radon, lead, car exhaust, and chemicals that are released from landfills, to name a few common health hazards, but the new report includes others that people don’t typically consider dangerous.
Some chemicals may cause immediate and obvious reactions, such as vomiting, skin irritation, or breathing difficulties, while others may not have a noticeable effect in the short term, yet cause diseases like cancer, years later – affecting any system in the body – respiratory, digestive, circulatory, nervous, and reproductive. But, what’s really spurring momentum behind this new call to action is the fact that very few people realize the influence their daily actions can have on their health.
“What you don’t know can’t hurt you” is not a reliable attitude, according to their website, advising instead, “What you know can help you.” The NYSDOH says people are generally concerned about well-known hazards like polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and dioxin, but they intend to help people recognize that some products they use daily, including household cleaners, prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs, as well as alcohol, pesticides, gasoline, fuel and even cosmetics can be toxic and harmful to their health.
“Every organ system has different functions and physical characteristics,” explains the NYSDOH, noting that some chemicals are also affected by the way the body breaks them down and absorbs them – the original chemical structure may be metabolized into something more poisonous. “For example, carbon tetrachloride, once a commonly used solvent, is changed by the body into a more toxic chemical that causes liver damage.”
When asked about this new campaign, a representative for a popular health and wellness community said, “It’s extremely important that we begin to recognize not only what our daily actions are doing to our own health, but to the health of those around us. Initiatives like this one is a step in the right direction, really helping people realize just how damaging their typically thoughtless actions can be to their own body and the environment. Not only can substantial changes positively impact the health of our community, they might help to repair our environment as well.”
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