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WASHINGTON, D. C.--If the martinis don't get you, the sugar in your coffee might. Both could easily send traces of asbestos into your system, the Senate subcommittee on the environment was told at a hearing on the pervasiveness of the highly toxic substance in modern-day society.

By now, reported Dr. Irving Selikoff, the leading medical authority in the field, Americans are "all contaminated with asbestos." The number of fibers in our bodies may be small, he said, but no one knows just how many may be ingested before cancer sets in.

The mineral is used in "several thousand... Login to read more
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