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Nutrient-Toxicant Interactions : Susceptible Populations

By Mahaffey, Kathryn R.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000134743
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Nutrient-Toxicant Interactions : Susceptible Populations  
Author: Mahaffey, Kathryn R.
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, United Nations., United Nations. Office for Disarmament Affairs
Collections: Government Library Collection, Disarmament Documents
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Publisher: United Nations- Office for Disarmament Affairs (Unoda)


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Introduction: The importance of nutrition on susceptibility to the development of various diseases or on their progress is becoming better understood for both infectious and chemically-induced diseases. Although nutrition is not the primary causative factor, poor nutritional status can greatly increase the chances that an individual will contract the disease and can affect the severity of the outcome. Tuberculosis and measles are two well known examples of the role of nutrition in influencing the course of infectious disease in humans. The role of nutritional status on the effects of disease produced by chemical contamination of the environment has been the subject of a number of research studies in laboratory animals and a very few clinical or epidemiological investigations in human populations. For example, specific dietary deficiencies are known to increase the toxicity of a number of pesticides including carbamate carbaryl, parathion and phthalidimide captan (I), a number of heavy metals including lead (2) and cadmium (3) and atmospheric contaminants including ozone (4). In this short overview we will discuss some of the general mechanisms through which nutrientitoxicant interactions occur and some of the practical nutritional problems seen in the United States.


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