Everything that we encounter in life is made of chemicals, including the air we breathe, our environment, our bodies and everything we eat. Therefore, chemical in themselves are not hazardous to humans. Chemicals, however, do become hazardous to us when they interfere with the normal processes that allow our bodies to function.
Also, it is the level of a chemical that makes us sick. Some chemicals can make us sick at very low levels (e.g. dangerous types of mycotoxins produced by fungi), while it takes high levels of other types of chemicals (e.g. table salt) to exert a toxic effect.
In addition, some chemical can make us sick almost immediately after we are exposed to them (e.g. arsenic), while others take months to years (e.g. heavy metals) before we notice their harmful effects.
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