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Offline thedoc

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How can you remove asbestos from the body?
« on: 04/12/2014 11:30:01 »
bluejet asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Have a discussion concerning finding a way to cleanse asbestos fibers from the human inner body! If a way can be discovered this would prevent asbestos related diseases!

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 04/12/2014 11:30:01 by _system »


 

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Re: How can you remove asbestos from the body?
« Reply #1 on: 04/12/2014 19:53:03 »
The problem with asbestos is that big chunks aren't the problem - it's single microfibers, particularly of blue asbestos, that cause lung cancer, and they are very difficult to find.
 

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Re: How can you remove asbestos from the body?
« Reply #2 on: 04/12/2014 21:31:08 »
With the best will in the world, it is difficult to imagine people inventing a much better way of clearing out debris from the body than the body's own defence mechanisms. unfortunately, they don't do a very good job with asbestos and I doubt that technology will do any better.

The best solution is never to breathe the fibres in in the first place.
Sadly this is a case where prevention is not just "better than cure" but the only sensible option.
 

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Re: How can you remove asbestos from the body?
« Reply #3 on: 04/12/2014 22:10:35 »
The problem is that the asbestos fibers are difficult for the macrophages to envelop, then carry out of the lungs.

I wonder if you could put a person on a heart-lung bypass, then wash the lungs with water.  However, the procedure may well be more dangerous than the asbestos, and may not get it all out.  It may also depend on whether it is a recent exposure, or an exposure from decades ago.

Of course, any radical new procedure would require extensive animal testing before applying in humans.
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Re: How can you remove asbestos from the body?
« Reply #4 on: 04/12/2014 22:18:45 »
Hydrofluoric acid could do a pretty good job of dissolving asbestos fibers throughout the body. Unfortunately this would certainly be lethal.  [xx(]
 

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