Tox on the Web: sarin, lithium, strychnine, and much more!

  Toxicologist as Man on Couch with Laptop: This video shows a short presentation by Larissa Laskowski a first year fellow at the NYC Poison Control Center, describing the work of Eliot Higgins and the Brown Moses blog. Higgins — an unemployed finance worker several years ago with no knowledge about weapons of warfare — started blogging about the use of different weapons in Syria, and posting online videos appearing on sites such as YouTube that demonstrated use of these weapons. He is now an acknowledge expert in the field. His work led to the identification of sarin as the agent used in the Ghouta chemical attack on August 21, 2013. Dr. Laskowski ends by challenging toxicologists to make use of their knowledge to effect positive change in the outside world. Inspiring stuff. For more on Higgins and Brown Moses, read this story in the Guardian (U.K.). [HT @acmt] Would you like some lithium with that? In a New York Times opinion piece, psychiatrist Anna Fels reviews the evidence suggesting that we’d all be better off if a little lithium were added to our water, soda, and beer. All white powders look alike: The Los Angeles Times reports that a 14-year-old boy in the town of Anderson may be charged after he allegedly gave a white powder to another youth, say it was cocaine. The other youth died after snorting the powder. Subsequent analysis revealed that it was actually strychnine. Must-read: Lake Erie and the Toxic Bloom: In...
Source: The Poison Review - Category: Toxicology Authors: Tags: Medical albert hoffman brown moses eliot higgins lithium LSD nicotine sarin strychnine syria toledo ohio tox on the web toxic algae Source Type: news

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It’s peculiar but instructive: phenomena triggered by re-exposure after being confidently wheat- and grain-free. The re-exposure can be intentional, as in “Just one can’t hurt!” or it can be inadvertent, as in “That gravy looks safe.” Typically, someone will be wheat/grain-free for at least a week. Re-exposure from, say, salad dressing or seasoning mix then triggers re-exposure fireworks. The most common re-exposure phenomena to are: Gastrointestinal distress, bloating, and diarrhea that can last hours to a couple of days. (People with celiac disease can have problems for months, h...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: News & Updates Detox Gliadin grain-free grains Inflammation joint pain re-exposure wheat belly Source Type: blogs
Conclusions Urticaria and recurrent bouts of mild unexplained anaphylaxis were triggered by C. jejuni infection. The allergic and gastrointestinal symptoms resolved after antibiotic treatment. Gastrointestinal (and other) infections should be looked for in patients with urticaria or anaphylaxis
Source: Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research
3 out of 5 stars Resolution of cannabis hyperemesis syndrome with topical capsaicin in the emergency department: a case series. Dezieck L et al. Clin Toxicol 2017 Sep;55:908-913. Abstract  Cannabis hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is a form of cyclic vomiting characterized by: chronic marijuana use recurrent vomiting, and lack of alternate explanation for symptoms A striking feature is that although CHS-induced nausea and vomiting are frequently resistant to standard antiemetics such as ondansetron, patients often report that very hot showers or baths relieve their symptoms. Several years ago, Jeff Lapoint ...
Source: The Poison Review - Category: Toxicology Authors: Tags: Medical cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome capsaicin treatment TRPV1 receptor Source Type: news
GP appointments may be hard to get, according to a third of patients - but not seeking professional help about a minor health problem, such as food poisoning, could lead to irritable bowel syndrome.
Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
E, Sosa-López FA Abstract In the fourth century, during the Chinese Dong Jin dynasty, the doctor Ge Hong described good results after the oral administration of a suspension prepared from human faeces in patients with severe diarrhoea or food poisoning. Faecal microbiota transplantation has been used for five years in order to treat different diseases in addition to the severe diarrhoea caused by Clostridium difficile(1). This paper aims to confirm that intestinal microbiota transplantation succeeds in reducing the negative impact of diseases such as severe diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, alle...
Source: Cirugia y Cirujanos - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Cir Cir Source Type: research
Much of what I write is about the expensive, inequitable and unnecessarily complex U.S. health care system. About how corporate interests control both our health care system and our government--regardless of who we vote for--and what we can do about it. I will continue to do that, but going forward I'll also write about what is going right, especially in the private sector and the nonprofit world. I'll be introducing you to individuals, businesses, health care providers and organizations that are operating outside of government and who are making a positive difference in the lives of Americans. I'll be starting with in...
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Conclusion A growing number of today’s children suffer from vaccine damage. Most individuals do not make the connection between health problems and vaccines. When asked about the cause of autoimmune disorders, asthma, allergies, diabetes, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, autism, and other common childhood diseases and illness, the majority of health care providers advise patients that the causes are unknown. Doctors, including most integrative physicians, fail to make the connection to vaccines. It takes one moment to permanently damage the health of an adult or child, but t...
Source: vactruth.com - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Logical Michelle Goldstein Top Stories autoimmune disorders gardasil HPV Vaccine Medical Authority vaccine injury Source Type: blogs
Remember Matthew? Here was his original Wheat Belly success story describing how he obtained relief from near-diabetic blood sugars, asthma, sinusitis, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, skin rashes, and daily headaches. Here is Matthew’s latest update. “Down a total of 77 pounds since May 1. Wheat Belly rocks!! Have incorporated more ketogenic principles and eat-stop-eat intermittent fasting into the mix.” Even better, Matthew shared some recent lab work: The drop in triglycerides, fasting blood sugar, and HbA1c (reflecting Matthew’s prior blood sugars over 90 days) show a dramatic r...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux asthma bmi cholesterol fatigue gluten grains IBS sinusitis triglycerides Weight Loss Source Type: blogs
Images of scientists inserting eye-of-newt genes into escarole, or wool-of-bat genes into watercress stalk the nightmares of pure food proponents, and up to a point-- rightly so. Even if the intentions of those tinkering with foods are good- such as putting antifreeze genes from amphibians into oranges so they are not destroyed by an early frost- the law of unintended consequences pertains. There is ample reason, in principle, to be wary of Frankenfoods. There may be reason in epidemiology as well. We are substantially uncertain about why rates of gluten intolerance and celiac disease are rising; genetic modification of f...
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Since she was a teenager, TV presenter Justine Gale had suffered stomach pain and diarrhoea which doctors put down to everything from irritable bowel syndrome to food poisoning.
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