Angry Toxicologist

Archives for August, 2008

Stupidity about cancer and meat

There’s a story in the WashPost today about how spicy marinades decrease the heterocyclic amine (HCA) content in grilled meat. They think you should care because HCAs are likely carcinogens. There are many things about this that get my back up so lets make a list: 1) Nobody knows how much cancer HCAs may be…

Terry Box wrote an piece in the WP the other day about how despite the melting glaciers and rising gas prices, he’s not giving up his muscle cars. Terry, I have to admit that I love cars. I always have and always will. The thrill of a powerful car or truck can get your adrenaline…

A reader (thanks Jen) alerted me to this article on Forbes, The FDA’s Black Box. The basics of the article are that the FDA can’t say anything about drug approvals or non-approvals (or anything else relating to a drug for that matter) if it deals with information that the drug company submitted, since that information…

Read some background on PFOA and Teflon here. A couple of years ago DuPont and other perfluorochemical industries were dismissing evidence of PFOA-caused cancer in rats, saying it was due to peroxisome proliferation in rats, which some argue isn’t relevant to humans. However, PFOA may have other mechanisms of action (disrupting thyroid hormones, gap junctions,…

And our divided country will produce the worst of both worlds. The LA city council has passed a resolution that bans fast food restaurants in poor neighborhoods (via Slate – worth moseying over for). This is so paternalistic it’s disgusting. Do poor people make bad food choices? Yes. Should we thus deprive them of choosing…