Angry Toxicologist

Archives for January, 2008

Everyone knows by now that the show Eli Stone misrepresents the facts about thimerosal and autism in it’s fictional story of a lawyer going after a pharmaceutical after they put “mercuritol” in vaccines. It’s clear that the story is supposed to mimic the thimerosal issue but as some defenders of the show say, hey, it’s…

Two things got me thinking about the upcoming topic. 1) I saw “Into the Woods” recently and there’s a part where the old hermit asks the baker how much $ a son would be worth (he’s trying to have a kid). The baker first thinks this is a insane question, but you can see a…

In an Slate article critiquing Marian Burros’ story about mercury levels in fish, Jack Shafer takes issue with the omission of any discussion of a review published in 2000 in Environmental Research entitled “Twenty-seven Years Studying the Human Neurotoxicity of Methylmercury Exposure”. Mr Shafer goes on for a while about the findings of this paper,…

Warning: Rambling screed approaching. More mean? Maybe, but only if you can empower and inspire people to make a change. Let me give you a three good examples: 1) Breastfeeding is best. By miles. Still, not everyone really knows about the benefits. So there are intense campaigns around to pressure mothers to breast feed. The…

Okay so it’s a sort of sciency Friday. I had a bit of fun reading the Washington Post this morning. EPA or EWTIFUBARTFSA? First up, this article on the largest mining fine in EPA history: 20 million dollars! Now, $20 million isn’t all that much for a huge company like Massey but forget that, let’s…

So the FDA says that cloned meat is safe and this is making big news. Well, this isn’t much of a surprise, it’s unlikely that a clone would be unsafe (it’s a clone of a naturally healthy animal!). What sucks is the media’s take on this (and the government’s complicity in them getting it wrong).…

Practical Water Bottle Advice

A reader asked me for some help choosing a water bottle because of concerns about antimony, bisphenol A, and phthalates (BPA is really the only risk worth thinking about in this trifecta). She read this NYTimes article about plastic bottles and risks,…etc. She was rather confused by the article. No doubt, it’s more stream of…

A reader sent an article from The Pink Sheet (an industry rag focused on Pharma). If you’ve never read industry-specific news publications, you’re really missing out. They’re really facinating and instructive. Sometimes you get early knowledge about industry trends and others, if you’re lucky, that are not so subtle messages to other readers. This is…

Okay first: Where have I been? It’s too complicated to answer and retain anonymity, so suffice it to say: “away”. Thanks for all the e-mails over the past month asking for posts again. An item in Science caught my eye yesterday: Revolutionizing China’s Environmental Protection. I’m sure you all know about China’s problems. If you…