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Radioactive Fertilizer—The Surprising Primary Cause of Lung Cancer in Smokers

Radioactive Fertilizer

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  • It’s well-recognized that smoking cigarettes can cause lung cancer, but it may come as a surprise to find out that the most likely culprit is not a chemical additive, but a radioactive element found in phosphate fertilizers
  • Research suggests that polonium-210, a radioactive element that is also chemically toxic, causes the most lung damage. Polonium is the only component of cigarette smoke shown to produce cancer in laboratory animals
  • According to previous research, smoking 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes per day can expose your bronchial epithelium to a radiation dose equivalent to a radiation dose to your skin from 300 chest x-rays per year
  • According to a recent study, American meat products and dairy may expose your organs to radiation doses that are equivalent to the dose received by smokers via cigarette smoke

By Dr. Mercola

It's well-recognized that smoking cigarettes can cause lung cancer. What isn't clear is exactly what it is in the cigarette or its smoke that causes it. Interestingly, while it may seem obvious that added chemicals would be prime culprits, research suggests it may be something else entirely.


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