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What is the effect of chemicals on my health?

Today environmental hazards are so widespread that none of us can avoid them entirely. Chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), once widely used in adhesives, paints, lubricants, electric insulators, and printing inks, can cause skin discoloration, liver disorders, cancer, and developmental delays in children. DDT, a pesticide now banned in the United States, but still used widely in developing countries, can cause cancer and endanger wildlife. Lead, once used in plumbing, paint, and gasoline, damages the nervous system. These substances remain in the environment for decades. Even snow in Antarctica still carries residues of PCBs, DDT, and lead. Human breast milk contains high levels of some toxins, while human sperm samples are known to contain PCBs.

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