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Chemical interactions

Almost nothing is understood about interactions between the many different chemicals to which we are exposed which could aggravate their effects. A recent illustration of the potential dangers is the evidence that the Gulf War syndrome affecting many soldiers who served in that conflict might be due to some combination of chemicals such as a drug that protects against nerve gas and an insect repellent. Research has demonstrated nerve damage by such combinations in laboratory animals (Institute of Medicine, 1995).


Institute of Medicine (US). 1995. Committee to review the health consequences of service during the Persian Gulf War: Medical Follow-up Agency, Institute of Medicine. Health consequences of service during the Persian Gulf War: Initial Findings and Recommendations for Immediate Action. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.


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