Solvent Pollution

Solvent Pollution

Solvents are compounds that dissolve things. Water is a useful,

life giving solvent. Most other solvents dissolve fats and are

life threatening, because fats form the membrane wall around

each of our cells, especially our nerve cells.

The solvent that does the most harm is benzene. It goes to the

thymus, ruins our immune system, and causes AIDS. The next

worst solvent is propyl alcohol. It goes to the liver and

causes cancer in some distant organ. Other major culprits of

disease are xylene, toluene, wood alcohol, methylene chloride,

and trichloroethane (TCE). I'll discuss each one later, with the

ailment it's associated with.



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