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Exposure to substances in the environment and foods and their relationship to various human diseases have interested scientists and others for many years. It is often difficult to establish a linkage between exposure to substances and human disease on account of the low concentrations of the chemicals of interest in the environment. These materials may be in the general working environment or in food items. It is the later group that we investigate here. Our primary interest is with the intake of nitrates/ nitrites and amines for when these are simultaneously present in the body powerful carcinogenic nitrosamines are generated. We look at the foods in which they are often found and draw on this information to reflect on some statements made by Ellen White more than 100 years ago warning of the dangers apparently inherent in eating certain food items.
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