Author: Teddy Angert

Is chocolate poisonous for dogs?

Is chocolate poisonous for dogs?

When did chocolate become part of holiday tradition? Who cares! Everyone loves chocolate. It’s good for your heart, your brain and your psyche. It’s delicious and it goes with everything. Except dogs. Chocolate and dogs definitely don’t mix. How can chocolate be toxic? Methylxanthines are a […]

Antifreeze still poisons, even when it’s bittered

Antifreeze still poisons, even when it’s bittered

So, you have something that is sweet, tasty and tempting to sip from the bottle (or lick off the garage floor). But it’s also poisonous and can kill when ingested. It isn’t meant to be consumed anyway, so why not make it taste terrible instead? […]

The winter solution: Sunless tanners

The winter solution: Sunless tanners

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 […]

Holly berries are deadly . . . right?

Holly berries are deadly . . . right?

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? […]

Are poinsettias poisonous?

Are poinsettias 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 […]

So much less romantic when you know it means “dung twig”

So much less romantic when you know it means “dung twig”

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 […]

Carbon monoxide: The silent killer

Carbon monoxide: The silent killer

Ah, the holidays. A time for friends and family to gather at the hearth, sharing food, drink and good cheer. But could your cozy fire be poisoning your guests? It could be, and you might not even realize it. Is everyone a little sleepy? Complaining of […]

Is silica gel poisonous? It says do not eat!

Is silica gel poisonous? It says do not eat!

With the gift-giving holidays upon us, we need to talk about those ubiquitous little packets of poison. You know, the ones that come with shoes and electronics and say alarming things like, “Throw away,” “Do not eat,” and sometimes even “Dangerous.” You’ll notice the packets […]

Are those leftovers safe to eat?

Are those leftovers safe to eat?

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 […]

What’s an Everyday Poison?

What’s an Everyday Poison?

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.


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