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Odorless and tasteless, arsenic occurs naturally in the environment as an element of the earth’s crust. Arsenic compounds may be used as pesticides and as wood preservatives.
Past and current mining activities, as well as current agricultural and industrial practices, may open up pathways for arsenic to contaminate the environment. Natural deposits of arsenic may also seep into water runoff or contaminate air, water and soil from wind-blown dust.
Exposure to high levels of arsenic occurs mainly in workplaces, near or in hazardous waste sites, and in areas with high levels of arsenic occurring naturally in soil, rocks and water. High levels of exposure are associated with serious disease and even death.
If you are being exposed to low levels of arsenic on an ongoing basis, you may exhibit these symptoms:
Over time, exposure to arsenic can result in complications that become life-threatening:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or complications, it may be time to consider if you are being poisoned by arsenic. And if you are, what you should do about it.
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