Chocolate has many health benefits for us, but you’ve probably heard dogs shouldn’t eat it. What makes chocolate poisonous for dogs?
Those little packets that come in shoe boxes are labeled “silica gel,” but they don’t feel like gel at all. What is this stuff, and is silica gel poisonous?
If you frequent trendy coffee houses you may be familiar with yerba mate, a caffeinated beverage made from holly’s South American cousin Ilex paraguariensisa. As we all know, just because one member of a family is stimulating, that doesn’t mean another can’t be toxic. But is holly poisonous? […]
No. They are not. I was as surprised as anyone to find the poinsettia’s reputation as a snatcher of young lives is undeserved. Why do we all believe it is so dangerous? Almost 100 years ago a child died in Hawaii, and someone said she was poisoned […]
Mistletoe literally means “dung twig,” owing to its usual means of seed dispersal: a bird eats a mistletoe berry, then excretes the seed while alighting on the branch of a tree. The berry is actually a drupe, or stone fruit, and the single seed in […]
Someday you’ll pull something from the fridge and wonder, is this okay to eat? Sometimes the answer is obvious . . . but sometimes it’s not, and that’s because the organisms that cause food to rot and decay are different from the ones that cause illness. In […]
Okay, let’s get this out of the way: You can solve a lot of food safety issues by not including meat, eggs or dairy in your Thanksgiving menu. There are several delicious, healthy and readily available alternatives. See below for more info. That being said, […]
Nothing adds to holiday merriment like snow! The white stuff that piles up outside isn’t toxic, but what about the white stuff we bring indoors? Is fake snow poisonous? Spray snow is made up of fats, waxes, plastics and adhesives. The only toxic ingredients are […]