Angry Toxicologist

Archives for November, 2007

Elizabeth “never met a toxic chemical I didn’t like” Whelan of ACSH fame posted on HuffPo Wed. an interesting little post that ripped the EPA for funding a study to figure out if/what environmental factors among children, over their childhood, contributed to their disease. To sum up her argument, there is no link so why…

A couple of weeks ago, as I’m sure you heard, the FDA held an advisory committee meeting that concluded that there should be no use of cough/cold products for children under 6. There is a good amount of evidence that the drugs (including antitussive, expectorant, nasal decongestant, antihistamine and combination products) were not effective and…

After the dust up last week about violent anti-animal testing groups (coast down through the comments on the linked Denialism post to get the short version of my take), two things stuck in my head. One, the Dalai Lama says my karma’s okay as long as I’m following what looks like a version of the…

Let’s redo the lungs, shall we? They are toxicologist’s nightmare. First, let’s point out what’s great about our airway systems: the filtration provided by our nose, nasopharynx, pharynx and larynx; the clearance of foreign substances by dual layer of mucous in the airways (a thin layer in underneath the thick so the cilia can beat…

Non-Science Fridays: Crazies

There are so many things I could write about today but this is just sitting in my head this morning: There are alot of crazies out there. By that I mean not people who are mentally ill, which deserve compassion, but those who are sane and act in crazy ways. This was spurred by this…

AngryFoodie

As promised yesterday, here’s how I make breakfast sausage (I do it for taste but it will also lower your nitrate intake). And as to the old saying, I’d much rather make sausage than make laws. You’ll need a meat grinder. I like the food grinder that attaches to a Kitchen Aid mixer since I…

Or so says USA Today on the front page, paragraph two (regarding sausage, bacon and lunchmeat). Of course they are contradicted on paragraph 8 by someone who says that “you can still occasionally have a hot dog”. The no safe level of bacon sounded fishy to me so I dug through the report (all 517…