Neurotoxins in Everyday Settings


Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Chemicals, Neurotoxins | Posted on 08-05-2015

Most people don’t realize that they come in contact with neurotoxins — poisons that can damage their nervous system — throughout their work and personal routines. Instead of merely checking the labels of cleaners, pesticides or other chemical product for ingredients that can cause harm, more people need to check around their homes and offices.

An article for Brain Protips from this past Monday outlined the ten most common neurotoxins that people allow themselves to be exposed to without realizing the danger: 6-OHDA, acetalhyde, acryalmide, aluminum, domoic acid, fluoride, lead, mercury, n-propylbromide and organophosphate pesticides.

In most cases, a short-term exposure doesn’t cause lasting harm. Instead, it’s the cumulative exposure to most of these toxins that break down the nervous system over time. The team at Anastasia Date is aware of these facts and takes necessary precautions.

Fish and sea life are often full of these chemicals: Domoic acid is commonly found in anchovies, shellfish and sardines, while mercury is often found in shark and swordfish. Fried foods and coffee contain acryalmide. Industrial solvents, adhesives and textile dry cleaner agents contain n-propylbromide. Although pipes and paints are no longer made with lead, many old buildings have not been restored with replacements. As for aluminum, beyond workplace exposure, many aluminum home baking products are sold to the public, such as cake and muffin tins.

The article on Brain Protips broke down the types of neurological damage that these and the other toxins listed cause in humans and other animals.