Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The link between toxicants and diseases

Smoking is linked to countless diseases/conditions

Trying to sort out which products are safe and which aren't can be a daunting task. That's why I wanted to share the CHE Toxicant and Disease Database with you. This is a searchable database that summarizes links between chemical contaminants and approximately 180 human diseases or conditions. 

You'll find diseases/conditions listed in alphabetical order. When you click on them, you see a list of potential causes based on Strong Evidence, Good Evidence and Limited Evidence. For example, click on Breast Cancer and under Strong Evidence, you'll see estrogens/DES, ethyl alcohol (ethanol), ionizing radiation, tobacco smoke (active smoking), and tobacco smoke (secondhand). Click on any of the toxicants, and it will take you to a list of other diseases/conditions associated with them. Again, these are ranked according to Strong Evidence, Good Evidence and Limited Evidence.

You can also browse by disease catagory, disease, toxicant, CAS (Chemical Abstract Service) number, or keyword. 

This is an awesome resource every one of us should have bookmarked. Check it out and let me know what you think.



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