Angry Toxicologist

Archives for August, 2007

Friends of Earth put out a report on nanotechnology and sunscreens recently. They bungled it. Big time. A little background. Zinc (Zn) and Titanium (Ti) Oxides are the best sun protectants known. They don’t break down in the sun and they have broad UVA UVB coverage. However, they are bright opaque white (you remember the…

Tap Water’s Low Blow?

Most cities and towns use chlorine or bromine to disinfect water. When the water is polluted, chlorine or bromine reacts with the pollution (agricultural runoff is probably a bigger problem here than traditional industrial pollution) to create what are called disinfection by-products (DBPs). DBPs are associated in humans with adverse pregnancy outcomes (usually miscarriage)*. Since…

Do STATS lie?

To get right to the heart of the matter, Salon did an article about the risks of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics. From the land where nothing is harmful, a reply came from Trevor Butterworth (real name) who is an editor at STATS. If you don’t know what STATS is, they are a non-profit attached…

Meathead of the Week: Bonds. Destroyed his moment in the sun years ago when he started doping. Enough said. Bonus Meatheads: Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who have been assuring everyone that the subprime mess has been contained. Oh, except for like our banks, and, like, the banks of Europe,…

What do the Abigail Alliance and steroid use have to do with each other? Read on. The US DC Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned the finding for the Abigail Alliance and ruled for the FDA (supported by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)). The finding…

Reading my Chemical and Engineering News (nerd alert!), I came across the article: “Toxicity Testing Without Animals” by Celia Henry Arnaud. “Oh no, here we go again”, I thought. It may come as a surprise to some of you but cells in a dish don’t equal whole bodies and even more shocking, we don’t know…

So I’m looking around at news stories and I find one on Eurekalert about neurodegenerative disease entitled “Researchers link metal ions to neurodegenerative disease”. My first thought: “Wow.” Then I read the article. Then I thought: “Wow. Eurekalert screws it up (again).” According to the news snippet: researchers from Emory have found that a certain…

The last of the ELF (Earth Liberation Front) arsonists was sentenced yesterday for the burning down of a Redmond OR horse slaughterhouse in 1997. Thank goodness. I’m concerned abou the environment and I guess I would classify myself as an environmentalist but I certainly don’t want to be associated with these guys. They are like…

Antibiotic Salad Anyone?

Scientists took lettuce, corn, and potatoes and grew them using soil treated with hog manure that had the commonly used livestock antibiotic Sulfamethazine in it. All three plants uptook the Sulfamethazine. You know what that means: mmmmm… Wait, no, I think I meant yuk. With 9-13 million kg of livestock antibiotic used every year and…