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Current overview of arsenic in the environment and heath consequences in a US geographic context.
Current overview of arsenic in the environment and heath consequences in a US geographic context.

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Published by: David Lincoln on Oct 05, 2011
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10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOWABOUT ARSENIC POISONING
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Arsenic is found in some rat poisons and it can killyou!2.
 
Arsenic can cause cancer (especially bladder andlung cancer) in very small quantities.3.
 
The health impacts of long-term arsenic exposuremay not show up for years.4.
 
Arsenic occurs naturally in some regions in the United States and some areashave high amounts in drinking water.
 
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Old mining areas can concentrate Arsenicin spoil piles. (see satellite photo right)
 
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Safer limits for Arsenic in public systemsfor drinking water were only implementedin 2006 after millions of people hadalready been exposed
 
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The new Arsenic limits do not protect themillions of people with private wells.
 
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Have your wells tested for Arsenic or find out thehistory of your public water system Arsenic exposure.
 
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If wooden deck or playground equipment wasinstalled before 2004, it should be tested for Arsenic.10.
 
If you suspect Arsenic exposure, tell your doctor andpossibly have hair or urine tested.
 
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History of Arsenic
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Arsenic has been used as a poison for centuries and has been suspectedin the death or murders of 
the Medici’s
, King George III of England,Napoleon and Simon Bolivar to name but a few.
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While recognized as a powerful poison, it was not known just how toxicand deadly arsenic could be in minute quantities until this millennium.
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After World War II, the global and US consensus for Arsenic in drinkingwater was believed to be safe below 50 parts per billion.
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About 2000, evidence began to mount from Bangladesh, Chile, Taiwanand China that smaller concentrations could cause cancer.
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Chronic conditions like skin and bladder cancer were on the rise even inareas where the average arsenic concentrations were between 10 and 50ppb.
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In 2001, the US drinking water standard for Arsenic was lowered from50 ppb to 10 ppb.
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. A 2007 study found that over 137 million people in more than 70countries are probably affected by arsenic poisoning of drinking water.[1]

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