Morten Lindhardt, a doctor at Holbaek Hospital in western Copenhagen, told Agence France-Presse, “The effect of the treatment is manifested in a 63 percent decrease (in the rate) of plasma, and approximately 3 percent of this decrease is related to the passage of time, while 60 percent is due to the drug.” ".

In other words, this cholestyramine-based drug causes the blood to get rid of pollutants 20 times faster without intervention, according to the study published in the journal Environment International.

The researchers explained that these results have promising treatment potential for people who have been exposed to high doses, because these substances that accumulate in the body can be harmful to health, and may lead, for example, to weakening the immune response to vaccination, by affecting cholesterol levels or its association with cancer or obesity. .

"If a person continues to be exposed to pollutants, I don't think they need to undergo this treatment constantly because of the side effects," which can appear in the form of a skin rash or abdominal pain, Lindhart added.

However, the drug helps eliminate the "feeling of poisoning" that people who suffer from high levels of pollutants can feel.

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large family that includes about four thousand chemical compounds.