04/26/2012 11:30 am ET

5 Surprising Everyday Things That Are Toxic

Thankfully, in these modern times, we seldom have to worry about things like death by bubonic plague or smallpox. But as progress has given us the tools to tame those troubles, it has also given us the ability to breed a whole new family of deleterious imps that can wreak havoc on our health — mostly compliments of the chemical industry.

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