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Wellness Wednesday: Long-term health risks from East Palestine train derailment

A black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio.
Gene J. Puskar
A black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern trains Monday, Feb. 6, 2023.

Welcome to Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher.

Ever since a 1.8 mile long freight train carrying hazardous materials, including the carcinogen vinyl chloride, derailed in the Ohio village of East Palestine last month, residents have complained about a variety of physical symptoms, lingering odors and long term fears.

Part of the problem has been the transfer of information, leaving questions unanswered and residents concerned about their futures.

Artificial sweeteners such as erythritol have become dietary stapes in Keto and low-sugar diets. But are they healthy?

A new study from the Cleveland Clinic has demonstrated a link between higher levels of erythritol in the bloodstream and cardiovascular health incidents.

POTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, a life-altering disorder that affects autonomic nervous system functions such as heart rate and digestion.

A study of long COVID patients found that nearly a third of the patients had developed POTS and suggest a link between the disorder and COVID-19.


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