TOXINS IN THE BODY

 
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RESPIRATORY

The Respiratory system's function is to supply oxygen to the body and remove carbon dioxide.


It includes the nasal passages, pharynx, trachea, bronchi, and lungs.

Possible health effects of the respiratory system include asbestos scarring, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, fibrosis, emphysema, and decreased oxygen supply in blood.

As of January 2015, 29% (approx. 336,383) OIF/OEF veterans received treatments for "Diseases of Respiratory System" at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

CARDIAC

The Cardiac System's function is to move nutrients, gases, and wastes to and from the body, to help stabilize body temperature, and to fight diseases and infections by transporting white blood cells to important areas. It includes the heart, blood, arteries, veins, and capillaries.


Possible health effects include heart failure (CHF) and the inability of blood to carry the necessary oxygen to the body, murmurs and issues with back flow due to weakened valves. Cardiac issues may also be secondary.

NEUROLOGICAL

The Neurological system's function is to transmit messages from one part of the body to another. It includes the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system.


Possible health effects of the nervous system include inability to move, loss of feeling, confusion, and decreased speech, sight, memory, muscle strength, or coordination.

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IMMUNOLOGY

The Immune System's function is to protect the body from tumor cells, environmental substances, and invading viruses or bacteria. It includes the lymph system, bone marrow, white blood cells, and the spleen.


Possible health effects of the immune system include overreaction to environmental substances (allergy), immune system slow down or failure, and autoimmunity (autoimmunity causes the body to attack itself – which makes it more likely to have an over-reaction or infection).

RENAL

The Renal System's function is to rid the body of waste, to regulate the amount of body fluids, and to regulate the amount of salts in the body. It includes the kidneys, the urethra, the bladder, and the ureter.


Possible health effects of the renal system include decreased formation of urine, decreased blood flow to kidney, decreased ability to filter the blood, prevented urine flow, kidney tissue damage, and kidney cancer.

REPRODUCTIVE

The Reproductive System's function is to produce egg and sperm cells, to nurture a developing fetus, and to produce hormones. For males it includes the testicles, seminal vesicles, prostate gland, and the penis. For females it includes the uterus, bladder, vagina, Fallopian tubes, ovaries, and the cervix.


Possible health effects of the reproductive system include decreased ability to have a baby, increased baby deaths, increased birth defects, infertility (the inability to have children) and low sperm/testosterone issues .

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SKIN

The Skin, is your bodies largest organ, it serves as a barrier to germs and other substances, prevents dehydration, and regulates body temperature.


Possible health effects of the skin include irritation, rash, redness or discoloration, dermatitis, and health effect related to other systems and organs due to contamination through the skin.

HEPATIC

The Hepatic System's function is to break down food and store nutrients, to make proteins which are essential for blood to clot, and to purify the body of drugs, contaminants, or chemicals. It includes the liver and its veins.


Possible health effects of the hepatic system include liver damage, tumors, accumulation of fat (steatosis), death of liver cells (necrosis) and liver cancers including those of the bile duct.

GASTROINTESTINAL

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