7 Simple Ways to Detox Your Diet and Your Home
What Are Dioxins and What Are PCBs?
“Dioxins” are a family of chemicals (including some polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs) with known cancer-causing properties. Dioxins are by-products of combustion—released via industrial processes, volcanoes, forest fires, even backyard burn piles—widespread in the environment but in low levels. They take years to degrade and they accumulate in fat—so they concentrate up the food chain. More than 90 percent of our exposure to dioxins is through food, mostly meat, dairy, fish and shellfish.
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