Experts warn that many people are unwittingly exposed to small amounts of arsenic every day . Each exposure may not be acutely deadly, or even noticeably harmful, but the sum of tiny doses over time may however, take a toll on the body.
It is reported by Dr. Michael Harbut, Chief of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine that these ‘trace amounts’ of toxin can potentially triggering or exacerbating disease.
The consequences can run the gamut of today’s major health concerns, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It is even argued by some, that untested arsenic and other toxins are attributing to the surge in behavioral and other neurological delays that society has experienced within the last two decades.
“Arsenic is quite remarkable in how many things it can do and how many systems in the body it seems to perturb in subtle ways,” said Joshua Hamilton, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., adding that arsenic tends to do its damage slowly and quietly, without raising a typical doctor’s suspicions.
Particularly vulnerable are young kids. Low-level exposures in the womb and during childhood can set the stage for problems later in life, Hamilton said.
Evidence occurrence are already visible among inhabitants of under developed nations that access highly contaminated water.