Tackling the king of poisons: Source substitution and treatment can help tackle naturally occurring arsenic
“Of all the ways to die, one most lends itself to murderous intent. Arsenic is a highly toxic chemical that has no taste, colour or smell. A victim’s symptoms from a single effective dose will resemble food poisoning: abdominal cramping, diarrheoa, vomiting, followed by death from shock. There’s no simple or easy cure. From the Roman Empire through to the Victorian Age, such a fatal combination made arsenic the perfect killing agent.
Now the so-called king of poisons is threatening public health on an unprecedented scale. While there may be no individual culprit, 130 million people around the world are suffering from exposure to naturally occurring high concentrations of arsenic in drinking water.”
(Citaat: Ahmad, A., Bhattacharya, P. – Tackling the king of poisons: Source substitution and treatment can help tackle naturally occurring arsenic – The Source (2017)56-58 – Website 19 January 2018))