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Re: Vermiculite Warning!!
    #10755 - 04/04/00 02:40 AM (22 years, 8 months ago)

Well, here is my two cents on the topic.

First of all, asbestos requires prolonged exposure to signifigant levels to become harmful to you. Its not like cyanide where a drop will do you. Everyone here probably breathed in a lot more asbestos from the insulation when they went to school(they are still clearing some schools now).

Secondly, most of the people on this BB take drugs, often without being %100 sure of their origin. Anyone who has smoked pot has potentially inhaled all kinds of toxins from pesticides used in growing it. If you take E, without testing it, you might be getting anything from bleach to PCP. So you're used to risking your health.

I also remember reading in a chemistry textbook that there are two basic types of asbestos, white and blue. Supposedly, only the blue asbestos which is mined in Africa is harmful. I no longer have this textbook, so I can't quote from it. I'm also not sure what type is contained in the vermiculite.

Personally I consider this risk to be an acceptable one. Sort of like crossing the road. Its a risk, but you want to get to the other side.

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Re: Vermiculite Warning!!
    #10756 - 04/04/00 03:39 AM (22 years, 8 months ago)

i wouldn't be overly concerened about it, but than again i already have asbestosis, so the damage is done with me. i don't think the exposure is that great in vermiculite, but i wouldn't want my kids around it if there's ANY chance of exposure. just wet it down a little and you can have peace of mind

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Re: Vermiculite Warning!!
    #10757 - 04/17/00 01:32 AM (22 years, 7 months ago)

i remember hearing that the asbestos is only harmful if the airborn strands are curly, and the straight ones aren't that bad. i'm not 100% sure though.

"feeling good is good enough"

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