Angry Toxicologist

Archives for April, 2008

In today’s New England Journal of Medicine there are two articles worth reading, especially for us critics of the FDA. Playing ‘Kick the FDA’ — Risk Free to Players but Hazardous to Public Health is a good reminder of where the blame needs to go (See also Trying Times at the FDA — The Challenge…

What’s wrong with Earth Day? The name, for one. Earth day. Protecting mother earth. Saving the environment. What’s wrong with these? They’re all about the earth. No humans mentioned. For a day that’s supposed to highlight the damage we are doing and to energize some action, it’s woefully off the mark. The degredation of the…

A paper just published in Tox Sci shows that PFOS (the chemical that used to be the prime ingredient in Scotchgard) suppresses the immune system at levels, that didn’t cause noticeable toxicity that are same as what are found in the general population. Great. So, basically, many people in the US who show no other…

I’m waiting around for a meeting (about animal testing!) and thought I’d share a few things that I’ve been thinking about. 1) While we’re not going to stop using animals for testing in a long time it is a good idea to reduce them where we can and where industry and the public (at-large; I…

The Post really screwed this one up, not so much because they took a side on an issue in news piece (this is close to an opinion piece), but because it gets so much wrong and doesn’t even address the rest of the story. Issue 1: Science will save them! I’ve been over this before,…