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“This summer, the Aedes aegypti mosquito will begin its proliferation throughout much of the southern and eastern United States, and fears about the Zika virus, which the insects can carry and transmit, will no doubt reach a fever pitch. But a major outbreak of Zika is unlikely in the continental U.S. (though “local outbreaks” affecting a few dozen people are projected to occur), just as the country doesn’t see widespread outbreaks of dengue, also carried by Aedes aegypti, outside of a few individual cases. That’s due, in part, to a sturdy and aggressive program of mosquito control in the country. But as all eyes turn to mosquito prevention, new research released Saturday finds a connection between one common method of mosquito control—spraying insecticide from planes—and heightened incidence of autism in children born where it occurs.

“Outside of a posting on a government website, or perhaps notifications by mail, you might not know it, but in many places in the U.S. (including nearly every ZIP code in New York City) larvicides are sprayed from planes on neighborhoods to combat mosquitoes. When Steve Hicks, a physician and assistant professor of pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine, looked at rates of autism diagnoses in eight ZIP codes where aerial spraying of pyrethroids, a common class of insecticides, happens in the summer months, and compared them with those in 16 surrounding ZIP codes where mosquito control is done primarily through pellets distributed on the ground, he and his team found a 25 percent higher rate of autism among the plane-sprayed group.

“Of the 19,000 kids living in the eight ZIP codes sprayed by planes, there were 159 cases of autism (0.84 percent). In the 16 control ZIP codes, 298 out of 44,000 children (0.67 percent) were diagnosed with autism. Overall, both rates are lower than the national average for autism, but Hicks says that could be due to the fact that his team relied on data from children who came through SUNY Upstate University Hospital, a regional medical center, potentially leaving out children who were diagnosed by their family doctors and never went to the regional center.

A Beechcraft airplane sprays an insecticide over Dallas to curb the spread of West Nile virus on August 20, 2012. LM OTERO/AP

A Beechcraft airplane sprays an insecticide over Dallas to curb the spread of West Nile virus on August 20, 2012. LM OTERO/AP

“The research stemmed from an earlier major study known as the CHARGE Study (Childhood Autism Risks From Genetics and the Environment), which found that if pregnant mothers in their third trimester were exposed to pyrethroids and two other common pesticides their children were much more likely to be diagnosed with autism.

“The ZIP codes in the latest study are all northeast of the city of Syracuse, New York, near an area called Cicero Swamp, where, as the name suggests, mosquitoes carrying viruses like West Nile or eastern equine encephalitis could easily proliferate.

“I want to be careful not to cause a scare that we should be abandoning these pesticide spraying practices,” Hicks says. “We know that autism has a genetic component. It’s not something that’s caused solely by environmental risk factors,” he explains. But twin studies “estimate that 50 percent of autism is genetic, and about 50 percent is things we’re exposed to in our environment. In a child who is genetically predisposed, there might be one environmental trigger that could push them over the edge into a diagnosis.”

“Hicks speculates that the aerial spraying of pyrethroids is not as localized or precise as other mosquito control methods. “If you think about the physical act of spreading pellets on the ground, you’re doing it in a controlled manner. You know exactly where they’re landing. From a plane, they have to travel hundreds of meters to the ground” and could be subject to drift in the air.

“The local department of health in the Syracuse area issues advisories about the spraying, but Hicks is concerned about how residents respond to those warnings, or if they even see them at all. “No one that I know of has ever surveyed people in the area to ask if they cover their garden, or their child’s play set, or if they do stay indoors” while spraying is underway, he says.

“But Hicks adds that further research is needed to know whether the increased rate of autism is due to the spraying itself or due to a presumably higher exposure to mosquito-borne illnesses. After all, experts are already warning that Zika may cause an increased risk for mental health problems.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a big upswing in ADHD, autism, epilepsy and schizophrenia,” Ian Lipkin, the director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, told The New York Times in February. That gives Hicks pause when looking at his findings. “We need to go and look if these children with autism have antibodies to these viruses in their blood,” which would indicate a latent exposure, he says.

To read more, visit http://www.newsweek.com/autism-insecticide-mosquito-spraying-453645

EWG Lists The Top 10 Toxic Chemicals EPA Should Review Now

This from the Environmental Working Group:

Americans are exposed daily to these chemicals found in consumer products



“WASHINGTON –The nation’s new chemical safety law promises to give the EPA expanded authority to regulate hazardous chemicals in consumer products. But of the tens of thousands of chemicals on the market, most of which were never tested for safety, which should the EPA tackle first?

“Today the Environmental Working Group released a list of high-priority chemicals the EPA should act on quickly. It includes chemicals in products Americans use every day – detergents and household cleaners, clothes, mattresses, furniture, toys and even kids’ jewelry.

“After decades of stagnation, the EPA can now ban or restrict the use of toxic chemicals, and order companies to conduct safety testing when more information is needed,” said EWG Senior Scientist David Andrews. “It’s important that the agency act promptly to eliminate or reduce Americans’ exposure to industrial compounds linked to cancer, birth defects, hormone disruption and other health problems.”

“For many chemicals on the list, action is long overdue. For example, many Americans believe asbestos – a carcinogen that claims 12,000 to 15,000 lives each year – was banned decades ago, as 55 other nations have done. But U.S. industry still imports, uses and sells asbestos and asbestos products, including automobile brake pads and clutches, vinyl tile, and roofing materials.

“With so many hazardous chemicals in use, any list of those posing the greatest risks would be subjective and incomplete. But the vast catalog of chemicals that have never been evaluated for safety make it urgent for the EPA to move quickly to tackle the backlog. The agency put 90 chemicals known to pose health risks on a list called the TSCA Work Plan.

“The Work Plan list represents opportunities for assessment and regulation where EPA action is overdue,” said EWG Senior Scientist Johanna Congleton. “In some cases, such as with some kinds of flame retardants, the initial EPA review was hindered by the lack of safety and exposure data. The EPA must now use its expanded authority to fill in these critical information gaps.”

“EWG scientists scrutinized the chemicals on the Work Plan, analyzed studies by U.S. and international researchers and consulted fellow experts in environmental health. They considered each chemical’s health risks, how widely Americans are exposed to it and the likelihood of EPA action under the new law.

“Here are the 10 chemicals EWG urges the EPA to thoroughly review and regulate as soon as possible:

  1. Asbestos. The cancer-causing substance is still found in automobile brake pads and clutches, vinyl tiles, and roofing materials. While some uses have been banned since 1989, no new risk assessment is scheduled.
  2. PERC. This probable carcinogen appears in dry-cleaning fluid, spot removers and water repellents.
  3. Phthalates. These chemicals are linked to early puberty in girls and other reproductive harms. They show up in PVC plastic, toys and plastic wrap.
  4. BPA. This carcinogen is linked to infertility, developmental risks and diabetes. BPA is used in food cans and other food containers, as well as cash register receipts.
  5. Chlorinated phosphate fire retardants. These chemicals turn up in upholstered furniture, foam cushions, baby car seats and insulation. They are linked to possible nerve and brain damage.
  6. TBBPA and related chemicals. This potential carcinogen and endocrine disruptor is seen in electronics, auto parts and appliances.
  7. Brominated phthalate fire retardants. These chemicals are linked to developmental toxicity, and appear in polyurethane foam for furniture and baby products.
  8. 1-Bromopropane. This probable carcinogen is used in aerosol cleaners and adhesives, and is linked to reproductive harm.
  9. DEHA. This probable carcinogen is found in plastic wrap and PVC plastic. It is also linked to developmental toxicity.
  10. P-dichlorobenzene. This probable carcinogen is detected in moth balls and deodorant blocks. It is linked to liver and nerve damage.

Read more at http://www.ewg.org/release/ewg-lists-top-ten-toxic-chemicals-epa-should-review-now#.V5DPiSCRXhU.twitter

Black Lives Matter: Health Disparities

Police aggression is not the only arena in which Whites and Blacks are treated differently. In environmental health, too, there are systematic and significant differences. Asthma, caused primarily by air pollution, is one of the most common chronic diseases among children. The mortality rate for African American children is 500% greater than Caucasian children. One in five Puerto Rican and Filipino children have asthma, and the overall cost to the U.S. economy was $19.7 billion in 2007 (EPA 2016). Lead likewise shows disparities by income and race, particularly for Black non-Hispanic children (EPA 2016). Poor housing contributes, and poor housing is higher in Cook County than elsewhere (County Rankings, 2016). Within the county, the West Side of Chicago, which is predominantly non-White (CityData, 2016), showed some of the highest levels of any region (Oyana et al., 2010). There may be no better example of health disparities than the environmental racism shown in examples like the Flint, Michigan water crisis. While there are some individual choices that can be made to avoid common environmental health hazards, the largest sources of such hazards are societal. Once the air has been polluted, it is very difficult for any citizen in a polluted area to mitigate their risk. If you live in a house painted with lead paint, with soil that has been contaminated for decades by emissions from leaded fuel, you can do a few things to protect your children – cover the soil, clean the dust in your house, and avoid anything that will disrupt the lead – but much of the exposure is out of your control, even though you had nothing to do with the lead being there. Reducing lead is often acknowledged an important environmental health goal, including in Healthy People 2020 (2016; Bennett et al., 2016).

It is worth saying that the fact that lead contamination continues to be a nightmare is so because paint and fuel companies vehemently insisted on the safety of lead even while knowing the contrary was true. Lead Wars documents the politics by which this was allowed to happen, as does the authors’ earlier book, Deceit and Denial, which was recommended to me by a Professor of Chemistry at Benedictine, Ed Ferroni. It is shocking to read about the National Lead and Sherwin-Williams discussing the dangers of lead paint to children among themselves in the 1920s, while maintaining a rigorous advertising campaign about safe and sanitary lead paint through the 1960s. All this came to light only because of lawsuits filed against the companies; otherwise, their duplicity may never have been known (Markowitz & Rosner, 2014, p. xii-xiii). There is a reason people do not trust corporate America; perhaps new technologies like GMO foods may prove not to be harmful, but given the guilty history of the chemical industry, one can hardly blame the public, often made unwitting guinea pigs, for having a skeptical attitude.

A quote from the more recent book, is, I think, completely illustrative of the premises of environmental health, environmental justice, and public health more generally, and is therefore worth quoting in full:

If the history of lead poisoning has taught us anything, it is that the worlds we as a society construct, or at least allow to be built in our name, to a large extent determine how we live and how we die. The social, economic, political, and physical environments humans create bring about specific diseases that are emblematic of these conditions. If poverty, for example, and great disparities of wealth result in those on the bottom of the social scale living in crowded conditions without access to pure water, adequate sanitation, or pure air, we can expect infectious and communicable diseases to predominate as they did in nineteenth-century American cities. If we systematically pollute our water and air, we can expect chronic diseases emblematic of the late twentieth century to predominate. (Markowitz & Rosner, 2014, p. xiv-xv)

Similar stories have played out with asbestos, tobacco, mercury, PCBs, and pesticides with terrible impacts on the health of all people, but particularly on those who are most vulnerable.

What causes health care disparities is a very complicated question, addressed by an entire field of study – Environmental Justice. But I would say that the answer ranges from out-and-out racism to economic forces based on externalized costs – costs that are put outside the economic calculus of the market: for instance, the cost of mentally handicapped children – which seem mostly to be borne by the least powerful and influential people in society. In reality, lead poisoning affects many people, but it does so disproportionately, allowing many people to selfishly live in denial that it will affect them.


The solution to the lead problem is fairly simple: safely remove the lead. If Public Health as a discipline were able to solve these problems – if they had had the will, the money, and the political power to do something about racial disparities and mass poisonings, they would have by now. It seems to me that this is a result of two far larger problems: one, societal tolerance for the systematic poisoning of our population for profit; and two, racism.

Sadly, we are reminded that Public Health officials are not always the solution; sometimes they are the problem, as seen in the tragic case of the Flint poisoning. In brief, the manager running the city of Flint, rather than paying higher fees for clean water, switched the city over to water from the Flint River, which is highly polluted. It is also acidic, which caused the lead pipes in the town to corrode, releasing high levels of lead into drinking water. Children were harmed – it’s hard to say how many or to what degree. Time will tell, but there were roughly 9000 children in Flint, and no amount of lead is considered safe. What is worse is that even after citizens complained, state and local officials, including Public Health officials, claimed that the water was fine. As Marc Edwards, the civil engineer from Virginia Tech who helped lay bare the scandal, has said, “In Flint the agencies paid to protect these people weren’t solving the problem, they were the problem. What faculty person out there is going to take on their state, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?… If an environmental injustice is occurring, someone in a government agency is not doing their job” (Kolowich, 2016). Edwards argues that public science is broken, that scientists often pursue their own interests, publications and career advancement, rather than the interests of those they are pledged to serve, particularly those who are powerless.

Primary Prevention

Primary Prevention is obviously superior to secondary or tertiary, in that it is aimed at preventing disease from ever occurring. Primary Prevention is essential in lead poisoning because once a child has been exposed, there is very little that can be done to reduce the risk or mitigate the damage. Those children in Flint are likely harmed for life to varying degrees. Markowitz and Rosner discuss how at the beginning of the lawsuits against the lead industry, and the discussion of remediation, in the 1990s, the aim was to spend $15 billion fixing the problem and ending the epidemic of lead poisoning among children. Instead, because of the pressure of landlords, industry, and others, that plan was abandoned for weak, partial, and ineffective measures that continued to allow millions of children to be poisoned (Markowitz & Rosner 2014, p. 19-20). That said, I often use lead levels as a success story to demonstrate what can be done when policy is changed and prevailing narratives challenged. It is terrible to have to offer a partial success as one of the greatest ones, but this graph counters a prevailing narrative, promoted by the industry and its allies, that poisoning our children – in the many ways we do – is inevitable, almost natural.

Lead levels

Figure 1. Percentage of children 1-5 years old in the U.S. population

with elevated blood lead levels (≥ 10 μg/dL) (Jones et al. 2009).

The problem with this graph is that while we have made progress, recent research has shown that there is no safe level of lead exposure for children, and the action level has been moved down to ≥ 5 µg/dL ((DHHS & CDC, 2011; Lanphear et al., 2005; Chiodo et al., 2007; Jusko et al., 2008; Jedrychowski et al., 2009). The problem with our society is that we are much more likely to tolerate damaging levels of lead in children who are brown, black, or economically deprived.

Opportunities and Barriers

As if we needed further reminder this week that Black Lives Matter. We need to confront the systematic racism that has made Flint possible. Racism has been institutionalized into all our major organizations and professions, and Public Health is no exception. That is the barrier. Changing a culture is not easy. But the opportunities are vast. The cost of IQ points lost to lead alone amount to $192-270 billion per birth cohort, not counting the personal cost of a lower IQ. The return on investment is such that for every dollar spent on lead abatement, $17-221 would be recompensed (Gould, 2009). I have been pleased to see that Health Disparities have been explicitly addressed in Benedictine’s MPH program; whether that is a result of our Benedictine values or national mandates, the change is to be lauded – at least as a start. Changing culture is not easy, but I do believe that education can be part of that. Recognizing and understanding injustice is the first step in working against it, and I hope that in the future we will all be part of remedying this grave injustice.



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Chiodo, L.M., Covington, C., & Sokol, R.J. (2007). Blood lead levels and specific attention effects in young children. Neurotoxicology and Teratology 29 (5): 538-46.

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Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2011). Advisory committee on childhood lead poisoning prevention. Atlanta, Georgia. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/acclpp/meetings/minutes/acclpp_minutes_final2.pdf

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Gould, E. (2009). Childhood lead poisoning: Conservative estimates of the social and economic benefits of lead hazard control. Environmental Health Perspectives 117(7):1162-1167.

Healthy People 2020. (2016). Healthy People 2020: Environmental Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/environmental-health/objectives

Jedrychowski W., Perera, F.P., & Jankowski, J. (2009). Very low prenatal exposure to lead and mental development of children in infancy and early childhood. Neuroepidemiology 32 (4): 270-78.

Jones, R.L., Homa, D.M., Meyer, P.A., Brody, J.F., Caldwell, K.L., Pirkle, J.L., & Brown, M.J. (2009). Trends in blood lead levels and blood lead testing among U.S. children aged 1 to 5 years, 1988-2004. Pediatrics 123 (3): e376-e385.

Jusko, T.A., Henderson, C. R., Lanphear, B.P., Cory-Slechta, D.A., Parsons, P.J., & Canfield, R.L. (2008). Blood lead concentrations < 10 µg/dL and child intelligence at 6 years of age. Environmental Health Perspectives 116 (2): 243-8.

Kolowich, S. (2016). The water next time: Professor who helped expose crisis in Flint says public science is broken. The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/The-Water-Next-Time-Professor/235136

Lanphear, B.P., Hornung, R., Khoury, J., Yoton, K., Baghurst, P., Bellinger, D.C., … Roberts, R. (2005). Low-level environmental lead exposure and children’s intellectual function: An international pooled analysis. Environmental Health Perspectives 113 (7): 894-9.

Oyana, T.J., Margai, F.M. (2010). Spatial patterns and health disparities in pediatric lead exposure in Chicago: Characteristics and profiles of high-risk neighborhoods. Prof. Geogr; 62:46–65. doi: 10.1080/00330120903375894.

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Organic Lawn Care: Midwest Grows Green

You, too, can have a beautiful organic lawn with handy tips from Midwest Grows Green:


#TakeAction in your own lawn

Build a lawn ready to last the summer with tips from our Natural Lawn Calendar:

  • Fertilize the 1st-15th of the month
  • Look for signs of weed, disease, or pest problems – address underlying soil  or turf health issues

Visit MPAC resources for more natural lawn tips.

#TakeAction in your community

In a unanimous vote this June, the Municipal Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago passed a policy to reduce its herbicide use by 92 percent. MWRD Commissioner Frank Avila consulted with MPAC and MGG to eliminate synthetic herbicide use in turf landscapes, shrub beds, and paved areas. Read more about the collaboration here.

#TakeAction Midwest-wide

100 pledges…one hundred engaged natural lawn care activists now back your commitment to this MGG effort! Your overwhelming support these first three months helped us make headway to achieving 10 pesticide free parks by the end of 2016. For that we thank you and look forward to your continued support in recruiting 200 pledges!


Read more about caring for your lawn organically at http://midwestpesticideaction.org/

Mosquito Spraying

Clarke Environmental

When people read about Zika virus or West Nile, the first thing they want to do is solve the problem. Pesticides seem an easy way to do that. The problem is that while the benefit conveyed by spraying may be very visible for a small number of people, the risks are both invisible and very high. As public officials respond to complaints about mosquitoes, at least it seems they are doing something.

To be clear, Zika virus has not been acquired locally in the U.S., and the mosquitoes responsible are rarely found in the Midwest. It’s a no-brainer to larvicide, reduce mosquito breeding grounds, and take common-sense precautions like staying inside during peak mosquito times, wearing clothes, and applying lower-risk mosquito repellents. But the calculation whether or not to adulticide is a difficult one.

There are some great resources out there — the non-profits I admire most have been thinking seriously about this problem, which, IF Zika comes to the U.S., may be a sort of Sophie’s choice for women who are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Would you rather have a child with Zika or a child who may develop autism, ADHD, or leukemia? How do you calculate those risks? How measure those risks in toto against celebrating a beautiful day outside in warm weather?

Here’s where I go to consider problems like this:

Environmental Working Group (EWG). http://www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-guide-bug-repellents/pregnant

Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC). http://midwestpesticideaction.org/zika-and-panic-beware-the-scare/

Illinois Department of Health (IDPH). http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/zika 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information





Fourteen Years

Katherine and JM.JPGKatherine died fourteen years ago today. An acquaintance once told me, in response to our story, that at least young children do not understand death. “They do when they are dying themselves,” I replied. At least Katherine did, as much as any of us ever do. Imagine having to face that kind of existential agony at age eight. As much as we hoped for more time for her, and as much as she struggled for every minute, I often wish she had died three weeks earlier, before her imminent death had become so clear to her, tormenting her with her own end, all the things she had left undone. She could have died at the very beginning of her final illness. Delirious with lack of sleep, I accidentally overdosed her on morphine, using the red-capped syringe to flush her port instead of the white. Immediately, she crumpled into herself and sunk into respiratory depression, her breathing labored and slow. We thought she would die. It was hours before I realized what had happened. The distraught young paramedics came and dosed her with an anti-narcotic. Riding in the ambulance, I was struck with how beautiful the sunrise was, how for everyone else on the road that early morning, it was just another day, while my world was ending. Carrying her into the hospital, she woke in my arms, after I thought I would never hear her voice again: “Mommy, where are we?” I comforted her, and the inquiry was mercifully short. She was her own little self again, her brain uninjured.

Where am I going with this? I scarcely know. But this respite she had was both all too brief and too torturously long. She would wake in the morning after a night of struggling for breath, near death, and sigh, “Mommy, I survived the night.” The morphine barely covered her bone pain. A fan blowing in her face helped her feel less the struggle to breathe. Great blue bruises accumulated as her circulation slowed and her platelets diminished. Her urine turned brown as her kidneys failed, and she lost the ability to swallow her medicine, however much she tried to comply. She mourned all she could not do on a beautiful June day and all she would never do again. She lamented all the years of life she would miss, which she would have enjoyed to the fullest, as she always did. She told me she loved me, in an ardent and anguished tone I will never forget. She had me record her last words to her brother and everyone else she loved. I suppose I hope to impress on you all that although deaths from childhood cancer rarely make headlines, although they seem somehow silent and inevitable, they are both horribly violent and completely avoidable. Every day we do not rein in the chemical industry’s business as usual, we are complicit in many more such deaths. And all the corporate profits and perfect lawns in the world cannot be worth my one darling Katherine.

Today, President Obama signed into law the Lautenberg Act, which puts some constraints on chemical production and use in the U.S. The Act is a start, but far from complete. And one can hardly expect those of us with children already dead to rejoice. But we can perhaps be soberly glad to think that with further regulation, maybe someday, no other parent will have to so needlessly bury a beloved child as a result of environmental chemicals.

To celebrate Katherine’s memory, please do something to remedy this grave injustice: read more about the Lautenberg Act on the EDF website, work to eliminate pesticides and other chemicals, and, most important, vote the environment so that we can pass more such life-saving legislation.


Notification Law — When Neighbors Spray

ChemLawn: Ironic for new name and for featuring dogs, given link to canine lymphoma
If you are trying to protect yourself or your family from pesticides, it can be very frustrating when neighbors hire ChemLawn (ironically named TruGreen now), Green Drop, Green T, Scotts, or one of many different lawn chemical applicators. But you can at least get enough notification to close your windows, bring in your laundry, and keep your children and pets inside for the day.
Here is the protection offered homeowners:
(d) Prior notification of application to lawn. In the case of all lawns other than golf courses:
(1) Any neighbor whose property abuts or is adjacent to the property of a customer of an applicator for hire may receive prior notification of an application by contacting the applicator for hire and providing his name, address and telephone number.
(2) At least the day before a scheduled application, an applicator for hire shall provide notification to a person who has requested notification pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection (d), such notification to be made in writing, in person or by telephone, disclosing the date and approximate time of day of application.
(3) In the event that an applicator for hire is unable to provide prior notification to a neighbor whose property abuts or is adjacent to the property because of the absence or inaccessibility of the individual, at the time of application to a customer’s lawn, the applicator for hire shall leave a written notice at the residence of the person requesting notification, which shall provide the information specified in paragraph (2) of this subsection (d).
If your neighbors apply chemicals themselves, I encourage you to have a conversation with them and ask them to notify you if they intend to apply chemicals. Share information. They may never have thought about the health effects and may benefit from your resources. After all, who would think such a commonly available product could be lethal, both in the long and short term?

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