Significance of dioxin understated — Environmental Health News

Posted by Trish Riley, July 14, 2010

The term “dioxin” refers to a large group of related chemicals. TCDD is the dioxin in Agent Orange and is considered the most toxic man-made chemical in the world (Schecter et al. 2006). It causes harm at tiny doses and is a potent cancer-causing compound.

Obvious outcomes of TCDD exposure can include nausea, vomiting, headache, loss of appetite, changes in blood testosterone levels, erectile dysfunction, and rashes, including a severe and disfiguring condition called chloracne.

Illnesses that develop over time following TCDD exposure include cancer, diabetes, high blood cholesterol and triglycerides, death from cardiovascular disease and heart disease, liver damage, gum and skin pigmentation, poor mineralization of molars in children, thyroid dysfunction and excessive growth of body hair.

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