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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Formaldehyde combined with hydrogen sulfide "can come together" to create health problems

An AP report today on the Consumer Product Safety Comm and CDC studies into Chinese drywall says that 11 deaths of people in homes contaminated by Chinese drywall were caused by pre existing conditions and not the toxic drywall. Who really thinks you can put someone with cancer and lung or heart disease in a toxic home, and it not work to hasten their death even if it was a "pre existing condition" to start with?

It is interesting, though, that these govt. agencies recognized that the toxic drywall combined with formaldehyde emissions could mix together to make people sick:

Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the safety commission, said “hundreds, if not thousands” of homeowners have reported nosebleeds, respiratory problems and other symptoms that could be linked to Chinese drywall, the AP article said. "Investigators have found a possible “synergistic effect” between hydrogen sulfide emitted from the Chinese boards and the typical traces of formaldehyde found in many homes that “can come together” to cause problems, Wolfson said."

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2011/01/31/2822568/cdc-finds-no-link-between-deaths.html#ixzz1Cium5LUN