Angry Toxicologist

Good Morning, Science Blogs!

I am a Ph.D. scientist in the public health sector with a good amount of toxicology and regulatory knowledge. I’m not going to be dishing about projects I am privy to, but I am much freer to make my opinions known anonymously, than I could do in a completely public forum.
Although other topics will probably be brought up from time to time (friday is no day for science), this blog will be focused on public health and the science behind it and will be written for the non-scientist without dumbing anything down.

I’ve added some of my previous posts onto this site for you to browse through. If you’d like to see more, the rest will still be up at The post I brought over are among my favorites (Natural does not equal safe: green tea edition), my reader’s favorites (Workers obliterate their lungs), and the controversial (Vaccines and Autism). I also post quite a bit on food, China, and bills in Congress that relate to food and drug safety.

If there’s anything you’d like to see e-mail me at Happy Reading!


  1. #1 Martin R
    July 18, 2007

    Welcome aboard! Any relation of Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf‘s?

  2. #2 Steve Higgins
    July 18, 2007

    welcome !!!

  3. #3 ctenotrish, FCD
    July 18, 2007

    Welcome! May we call you “Tox”? Looking forward to reading your posts, and thanks to PZ for the tip that you are here.


  4. #4 Former PZ Student
    July 18, 2007

    Hello!! Your blog is fascinating and I’ve been perusing all of the good information you have posted! I have a question for you….. There is a company out there called Enzacta at and they make some weird supplement (I don’t know what it does). I’m not a supplement user, but was wondering if you could tell me more about it. A personal friend of mine is “working” for this company and the things he says sound like such a hoax. They promote it as some sort of cure-all pill and it’s driving me nuts listening to this guy while I have nothing good to challenge him. Any help? Thanks!

  5. #5 AtheistAcolyte
    July 18, 2007

    Welcome to ScienceBlogs! I read over some of your earlier articles. Very nice work! I’m looking forward to becoming a regular reader.

  6. #6 Jim Lemire
    July 18, 2007

    welcome! just read your green tea and OJ articles – very interesting and informative. Looking forward to reading more.

  7. #7 Thomas Allen
    July 18, 2007

    [De-lurking to say…]

    Welcome to the community!

    [Resume lurk]

  8. #8 MikeJ
    July 18, 2007

    Welcome to Scienceblogs! Fix your charset encoding!

    Seriously, the stuff from your archive is UTF-8 and scienceblogs is sending iso-8859-1. If that’s the only problem you have moving house with your blog, consider yourself lucky.

  9. #9 King Aardvark
    July 18, 2007

    Just came over from PZ’s to say hello, and good morning to you, too (except that it’s 1:40pm where I am). Anyway, your posts look interesting, so I’ll surely be back to read some more.

  10. #10 Donalbain
    July 18, 2007

    Wooooooot! New!
    We like new!

  11. #11 coturnix
    July 18, 2007

    Welcome to The Family!

  12. #12 No1Uno
    July 18, 2007

    Very nice. Looks like I have a new blog to read. I really like the fact that I feel like I can get fair and deeply well-informed coverage here. Maybe a bit too lenient on the autism/vaccine link likelihood (I felt some of the ‘cons’ seemed like strawmen), but all in all I am thoroughly impressed.

  13. #13 Kristine
    July 18, 2007


    I have a question from an earlier thread of yours. Regarding green tea, you said, Don’t put down your cup of tea just yet, but if you’re near a GNC please run, don’t walk, the other way (good advice anytime).

    Pardon my ignorance, but what is a GNC? (Granola Nut Case? Just guessing.)

    I look forward to your posts.

  14. #14 mgr
    July 18, 2007

    Great to have you. With post on topics such as the dumping on the native reservation, you fill an empty niche.


  15. #15 revere
    July 18, 2007

    AT: Welcome to ScienceBlogs. In my professional life I’m an environmental epidemiologist and work on many of the things you write about but I blog mainly about infectious disease. I read you before you moved here and posted on you and remember you linked to us once. So welcome. Have fun. It’s a nice community, even if we fight with each other.

  16. #16 Qalmlea
    July 18, 2007

    Kristine: GNC is a chain of “health supplement” stores that mostly seem to live in malls. They carry just about any supplement you’ve ever heard of (and plenty you wish you hadn’t).

    On the topic of tea, I’d be curious to know what are the substances in green tea (or any tea)? How does the composition change if you re-use a teabag? Do more toxins get released on each re-use?

  17. #17 angrytoxicologist
    July 19, 2007

    Thanks everyone for the kind comments and friendly lurking. Clearly you don’t know me yet so I’ll cherish these warm fuzzys now: Conservatives don’t like me be cause I don’t like pollution, hazardous products,…etc and crunchy granola types don’t like me because I jump on “natural” products…etc. What’s left is a smattering of independent critical thinkers from across the spectrum.

    I like to call them independent critical thinkers because they like me and therefore must be the best and brightest. 😉 Don’t prove me wrong, now.

    MikeJ, I’m not e-phisticated enough to have any idea how to fix the encoding. 🙂 I gave up moving everything over for similar reasons. I’ll look into it, though.

  18. #18 Ted
    July 20, 2007

    Hmmm. An angry scientist. That’s an unusual and gimmicky shtick.

    Usually, they’re warm and cuddly.

  19. #19 Robster, FCD
    July 21, 2007

    Welcome from a fellow toxicologist. I look forward to reading more.

  20. #20 Pygmy Loris
    July 24, 2007

    Nice to have another scienceblog! I read some of your posts. They’re quite nice. I’ll look forward to reading more.

  21. #21 Hemilton
    November 29, 2007

    Good blog!! I visited GNC store at and saved $23 on purchasing Nature’s Best Perfect Zero Carb Isopure – Creamy Vanilla..!!

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