Nutritional Tox. Question

Richard John Brennan brennan at mbcrr.harvard.edu
Sun Dec 3 16:37:00 EST 1995

mkennedy at sentex.net wrote:
: I don't know if there is a specific nutritional newsgroup I should being 
: posting this question to but I hope someone out there can help. I have a 
: question I am really stuck on that I need an answer to befor Dec.5. With 
: most of the toxins that we are exposed to are plant based and most of the 
: carcinogens are plant derived why is it that vegetarians live pretty 
: healthy lives (generally) when they are consuming such high quantities of 
: toxins? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Consider this, if mankind hadn't developed adequate defenses against
any xenobiotic exposure due to the food we ate, we'd've been extinct
aeons ago! Generally, the food we eat doesn't pose any health hazard.
Even the oft-cited dangers of miniscule pesticide residues are far
outweighed by the benefits of a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables
which contain many potential antitoxins from antioxidant vitamins to the
underated benefits of toxin-absorbing roughage. 

Richard J. Brennan Ph.D.                         brennan at mbcrr.harvard.edu
Molecular and Cellular Toxicology
Harvard School of Public Health                  (617) 432 0350
665 Huntington Ave.                                    432 4412
Boston, MA 02115                                       432 0377 (FAX)
"History would be an excellent thing if only it were true." (Tolstoy)

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