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Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

Posted: February 22nd, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

A decision to cut federal poison center funding is penny wise and pound foolish…

“Penny-wise and Pound Foolish” refers to unwise thrift, “like the man who lost his horse from his penny wisdom in saving the expense of buying new shoes when the old one was loose” or  “locating the gas station with the lowest gas prices, but driving 20 minutes out of the way to save $0.05 per gallon, or “parking and “just running in” without feeding the meter a quarter, but returning to find a parking ticket attached to your windshield.” In looking to reduce expenses, one can focus on the wrong things and doing so, neglect the larger picture and spend more money in the long run.

The House bill HR. 1 inclusion to essentially eliminate federal poison center support is just such an example.  Read more »


You’re a mean one…Mr. Yuk!

Posted: February 15th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

  Mr. Yuk is green, Mr. Yuk is mean!  The logo and the saying are a part of poison prevention lore.  Created in Pittsburgh in 1971 (yes, 2011 is the 40th anniversary of the iconic logo), it was to replace the more traditional poison symbol of the skull and crossbones . . . a symbol that did not deter the little Pittsburgh Pirate fans in the Steel City.

Mr. Yuk quickly developed a wide reach and has recognition value with adults who were children in the 70’s and beyond.  However in the age groups most at risk for unintentional poisoning, 18 to 35 months of age, Mr. Yuk had no deterrent effect in this most vulnerable age group.  More than one study cast doubt on the efficacy of Mr. Yuk as a deterrent in the 1980’s.  Still, it is a symbol representative of poison prevention and poison centers for many. Read more »


Frightening Facts About Food-Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

Posted: February 8th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Perhaps you may have seen or heard of the perceived positive health claims of something called food grade hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen peroxide 12%, 17%, or 35%).  If you don’t read any further, let us give you our very strong opinion.  Don’t buy it! Don’t try it! Don’t bring it in your house! End of discussion.  Please read on and you’ll see all the reasons why. Read more »


Don’t Eat the Toothpaste!

Posted: February 1st, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Have you ever noticed the bold statement on the label of your toothpaste tube: “WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age.  If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately?”  Pretty scary, huh?  Especially when this stuff is supposed to do such wonderful things like prevent cavities and gum disease, freshen breath, and give you that dazzling bright smile.   Read more »