Lingering Effects

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Chemical Body Burden
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National Exposure
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Body Burden

Residues of many of the most dangerous chemicals released at the WTC site accumulate in fat tissue. By storing these chemicals in fat, the body limits their power to harm. But stress, heat, physical exertion or other factors can cause these toxins to be released from fat, and to circulate through the body, causing new exposures.

The gradual build up of fat-loving chemicals in individual organisms and the food chain is referred to as bioaccumulation.

Although much research has been devoted to establishing acceptable levels for these residues, none of these substances truly belong in the body.

The New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project is the only initiative in New York that is addressing this problem.



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