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Toxicological Quackery Part 2

Posted: June 26th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Some  MORE Medical Treatments to Avoid like the Plague!

We hope you enjoyed our Toxicological Quackery Part 1 blog posted earlier this month.  In Part 2 we will continue by giving more procedures that you should definitely avoid due to potential for serious injury.

1.  LAETRILE (Vitamin B-17 or amygdalin)

Amygdalin is a chemical derived from various pits and seeds such as from the apricots, peaches, applea, cherries etc.  For many years this chemical has been reported to prevent and treat various cancers as well as AIDS, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and multiple sclerosis. Read more »

West Nile 2012: Reduce, Repel, Report

Posted: June 19th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Just in time for the summer months and kids on summer vacation, there was a recent Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) memo that alerted healthcare providers and public health officials that West Nile Virus (WNV) activity in mosquitoes and birds is increasing throughout the state.  The current high summer temperatures and low rainfall in Illinois are providing favorable breeding conditions for the type of mosquitoes (Culex Pipiens and related species) that carry WNV. Read more »

Toxicological Quackery Part 1

Posted: June 12th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Some Medical Treatments to Avoid like the Plague

It’s probably no surprise that there are ineffective, unproven, and potentially dangerous alternative medical procedures available for nearly every area of medicine.  Medical toxicology is no exception.  There are more than a few medical practices which are non-FDA approved and have been associated with serious injury and even death. Patients may perhaps mistrust the traditional medical system or are desperate for miracle cures.  Some examples include: Read more »

Lessons From the Mercury Disaster at Minamata Bay, Japan

Posted: June 5th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Have you ever wondered why environmentalists are so concerned about the way we dispose of even trace amounts of mercury, such as that contained in your fever thermometers, thermostats, and compact fluorescence lightbulbs (CFLs)? The answer comes from a hard lesson we learned over a half century ago involving an environmental disaster at a place called Minamata Bay, Japan. Read more »