31 Oct '11, 10am

Ask Umbra: Can toxic pollutants escape from my body fat?

Ask Umbra: Can toxic pollutants escape from my body fat?

If I ever manage to lose these rolls and handles, will the toxic stuff I'm storing in my fat be released? Will I get sick in the process? Theodora S. Angel Fire, N.M. A. Dearest Theodora, Yours was the closest I could find to a Halloween question this year, what with the health concerns this overindulgent holiday brings. Plus: Scary topic! Boo! Before I proceed, the usual disclosure: I am not a health professional, nor have I ever played one (or even been in the running to play one) on TV. Please take my advice with a grain of salt, as it were, and consult your doctor for questions particular to your body. That said: Our body fat does indeed provide a handy storage place for toxic stuff , including the industrial chemicals foisted upon us by the "conveniences" of modern society. The nasties kicking up their feet in our fat can include dioxin, PCBs, DDT, and other persisten...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/living/2011-10-31-ask-umbra-can-toxi...

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