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More on Mercury and Fish Consumption During Pregnancy

Posted: October 16th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

On June 5, the IPC published a blog regarding the mercury content in fish. In the blog, the FDA recommended that people may want to limit their consumption of fish with high mercury content, especially women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, nursing mothers, and young children.  This is because the high levels of mercury found in some fish can have harmful, brain-damaging effects in a fetus. However, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids has also been shown to help fetal brain development. So what should a pregnant woman do? 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 »


Mother Nature’s Most Dangerous Toxins

Posted: September 6th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

It’s one of the biggest poison myths of all time:  ‘all-natural’ or ‘organic’ substances are safer than their man-made or ‘chemical’ counterparts.  However, the fact is that some of the most toxic substances known to man come straight from mother earth (or her creatures).   There may be many positives about organic or all-natural products, but being inherently safer to humans is not one of them.   Please don’t make the mistake of being less than vigilant in the way you store organic cleansers, all-natural pesticides or herbal supplements.  Remember the toxicology mantra “the dosage makes it so”.   Any substance can be potentially harmful/toxic in the right amount! Read more »


Truth, Dare, Double Dare…

Posted: July 19th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Unfortunately, many poison exposure incidents start with 3 little words: “I dare you…”  A group of friends egging each other on, calling bravery into question (and often offering money if the dare is completed) can quickly turn a flippant suggestion into a potential medical emergency.

Here are some  dares the IPC staff has consulted on:

  • A 40 year old male was dared to chew and swallow a lizard for $50.  A live one.  There is a reason we have the Brookfield Zoo’s senior reptile keeper’s phone number on our quick number list! Read more »