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Archives for August, 2007

Meathead of the Week: Sen Criag. He grabbed instant meathead status when he tried to use the excuse that he’s got a “wide stance”. Hehehe; it’s the new “the dog ate my homework”. Where is South Carolina? We need more maps! Why didn’t we think of this before? Oh it’s just too good, such as.…

Is your Doctor in Denial?

That’s the hed for the Washington Post story on the study that found that doctors ignored or dismissed patients concerns about side effects and didn’t report them to MedWatch (the FDA system for collecting side effects). The Post goes through some reasons for this but I think the end conclusion is that this is a…

Libby, MT, Asbestos Central

I saw a good documentary on Libby MT (the town that got pummled with asbestos from the surrounding vermeculite mines) last night on PBS’s P.O.V. program. You should check it out, there are rebroadcasts in most areas for taping it. Check it out here: P.O.V. What happend in Libby is really a good learning tale…

FDA proposes new sunscreen rule

Yesterday FDA proposed a new sunscreen rule that did two things. 1) It set out rules for measuring UVA protection (currently SPF only measures UVB protection. UVB causes burns but UVA is a greater risk for skin cancer). Finally! The new system will give you SPF for UVB (now up to 50+, as far as…

I’m traveling right now but wanted to post a link to NYTimes’ “Choking on Growth” series. It’s well worth a read (it’s not the best written article I’ve seen – it repeats itself a lot, but the facts make a good story). The author of “The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future”…

Question from LindaW: What’s up with bioidentical hormones? Is it okay to take them? Bioidentical progesterone is a joke. Don’t even think about buying it. Then, consult your doctor with your health concerns. Bioidentical progesterone is sold on numerous web pages after having been popularized by John Lee and now Joseph Mercola (and by findings…

From Rueters: Healthy subjects who received daily caffeine-free green tea extract capsules had an increased production of detoxification enzymes, which may provide some cancer-fighting benefits, study findings show. “Concentrated green tea extract could be beneficial to those who are deficient in the detoxification enzyme and shouldn’t be harmful for those who have adequate detoxification enzyme,”…

Chemical Trespass Redux

So I if walked over to your house and dumped something over your fence, that’s probably trespassing, unless that something happened to be a box of Krispy Kreme, then it’s just tasty. If it’s grass clippings, you’d be pissed off; if it’s an industrial chemical, you might sue. If I came over with said chemical…

Meatheads of the week: The passport office. A must read about One Man’s Journey Into the Greatest Bureaucracy Ever Assembled over at Slate. It’s been a busy week here on AngryToxicologist with sunscreens and STATS and all. I appreciate the hearty discussions. Please e-mail me other topics that you’re wondering about. Speaking of busy weeks,…

It’s cheap, durable, and beautiful. I was going to post on this next week, but Slate beat me to the punch. So instead of reinventing the wheel I’ll send you over there. One thing that most people don’t think about is the fact that tons of painted items not meant for kids and ceramics not…