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Today it seems that all you have to do to sell a product is include some natural herb or mineral with it. Products ranging from shampoo to diet pills have all jumped on the “all natural” bandwagon. Just because something is all natural does not make it better or safe. There is one word in our vocabulary today that immediately connotes fear, disease and death, yet it is “all natural.” Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used for thousands of years. Everyone from the Ancient Egyptians to the Romans used asbestos for various products. From the early 1920’s until just recently, asbestos was the insulation of choice in America. Asbestos has been used in things such as pipe wrapping, roofing, insulation, brake pads, roofing shingles and many others. Unfortunately, asbestos can break down into microscopic fibers and if inhaled or ingested, can remain in the body for many years and cause serious disease.

For a long time people were ignorant of the danger that this naturally occurring mineral posed. It seemed like a miracle fiber, heat and flame resistant and virtually resistant to wear and tear. Yet the more we learn about Asbestos the more we realize the danger it presents to man. Even with all the information we have about Asbestos today some people seem to be indifferent towards this harmful material. It is expensive to clean up and it is hard to replace with a...

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