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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Why is it dangerous?

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2019 | Mesothelioma/Asbestos-Related Illness

The move toward organic and less processed foods continues. Brands use words like “natural” and “unprocessed” as synonyms for “healthy.”

But not everything natural is healthy. Numerous naturally occurring substances are harmful. A prime example is asbestos. If you have a mesothelioma diagnosis, your cancer almost certainly resulted from fulfilling the duties of your job. Asbestos has been used for thousands of years as an insulator and fire retardant on countless products, including many found in homes.  However, since asbestos is a mined natural mineral, some exposure to the toxin can occur outdoors, as well. It can also lead to misconceptions about how dangerous it is.

Where asbestos can be found

Most asbestos is found underground in mineral deposits. But did you know:

  • Mining has released asbestos into nature for thousands of years
  • Some dried samples from Swift Creek in Washington contain nearly 43% asbestos
  • Due to its extensive human use, asbestos is a common contaminant of air and water supplies

The World Health Organization (WHO) has not indicated there is substantial evidence that consuming asbestos through drinking water leads to medical conditions such as mesothelioma. However, inhaling asbestos dust has been proven to cause the terminal cancer.

The point is that wherever it is found, whether woven into insulation or released into the air, asbestos should be avoided whenever possible. It is a naturally harmful mineral.

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