The Alkaline Paper Advocate

Volume 3, Number 1
Mar 1990


News

Dioxins Not Found In Mummies

(Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A5, Oct. 25, 1989)

Scientists have been looking for the sources of toxic dioxins which modern humans accumulate in their body tissues. Some experts have held the view that dioxins always have been around and that they are formed as byproducts of fuel combustion including wood burning. This theory is not borne out by studies of some 2,800-year-old mummies.

The mummies were of ancient Chileans, who cooked over wood fires. They were found to be free of dioxins. This evidence supports the view that dioxins are new to our environment, arising from industrial processes such as production of industrial oils, printing inks, resins, paints and herbicides.

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