Everything in your home, car and office is a poison . . . and also not a poison. The more you know, the less fearful you’ll be.
Parents and accident-prone adults now have an honest, easy-to-read source of information about the household products they use, misuse and worry about.
There’s one known carcinogen none of us can avoid: Solar radiation. Our sun isn’t a big ball of fire; it’s a huge nuclear fusion reactor. And so sunburn isn’t a thermal burn, like you get from standing too near fire. It’s a radiation burn, so it’s […]
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 […]