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I want to know what the effects on humans of the following chemicals found in water: chlorine, hardness/softness, iron, cyanide, phosphorus, nitrate, copper, and carbon dioxide.

That is a tall order. The US government conducts research on the health effects of pollution at the Health Effects Research Laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio. To obtain a listing of relevant research reports contact the Center for Environmental Research Information at (513) 569-7369, which is part of the Environmental Protection Agency. You should also read "The Health Detective's Handbook: A Guide to Researching Environmental Health Hazards for the Non- Professional" by M. Legator, B. Harper, M. Scott, 1985, Johns Hopkins University Press.


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