Potato chips to the rescue
Well, it had to happen -- my favorite snack food has turned out to have life-saving health properties! It turns out the fake fat in Olestra, which is used in a number of snack foods like potato chips and corn chips, is a superior way of clearing dioxin from the body. Somebody please send Mr. Yushchenko a year's supply of Wow! Chips and Doritos immediately.
Seriously -- if anyone can contact his campaign and his doctors have not previously looked into this it certainly looks like it is worth exploring, especially the part about the chloracne clearing quickly. That must be awfully painful, not to mention disfiguring, for the presidential candidate.
Here's an excerpt of the article from Express Newsline.
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. . .Perhaps Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko should try an "Olestra diet" to rid his body of dioxin.
It wouldn't be the first time that the "fake fat" product was used as an emergency agent to flush out dioxin, one of a group of chlorinated hydrocarbons that are toxic, lipophilic (attracted to fat) - and persistent in the environment and animal tissues. About five years ago, two Austrian women suffering from dioxin poisoning were given olestra snacks, which resulted in removal of dioxin at 10 times the normal rate, according to some reports.
In an as-yet-unpublished study, researchers at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, along with Trevor Redgrave at the University of Western Australia, treated a patient with PCB toxicity over a two-year period with olestra in the form of fat-free Pringles. The patient's chloracne disappeared and the PCB level in fat tissue dropped dramatically.