[I wrote this back in 2007, but after my son called to tell me about his most recent injury — bone bruise – and remedy: Aleve in the AM and possibly a few beers in the PM, I thought it’s worth a repost since the basic message Be Careful What You Mix is still relevant. Please […]

Dear Mr. Pruitt, thank you for your response to my earlier letters. I have to admit, however, I have a hard time taking your responses (OK two form letters with digital signatures) very seriously. Your top priority is protecting our nation’s air, water and land? You want regulatory “certainty” so that industries will know exactly […]

Note to last class: this is the time for optimism. So, we’ve been through twenty-two weeks of toxics. From mercury and lead to atrazine and BPA. Nanoparticles too. We’ve talked toxicity, and regulation (a little), and about this current administration’s roll-back of the latter. It is like the weather today, gloomy. And yes, the sun will […]

[Featured image, Chester Higgins: East River and Manhattan, 1973] Dear Mr. Pruitt, I understand that under Executive Order 13777 your agency is seeking to identify regulations to repeal, replace or modify. I am sure you are hearing plenty from those who would love lift the reins of regulation. I imagine they must now feel like […]

Originally posted on Evolution in a toxic world:
Below is a collection of images from scientists who marched somewhere in the country on January 21, 2017. I had asked for a photo and a few words. Thank you to all who contributed. It’s nice to be in such good, positive company, these days. Feel free…

Originally posted on Evolution in a toxic world:
[Image: Maryland Pharmaceutical Company’s REM – Virus! Virus! “I’ve got the Virus!” (1953)] A toddler suddenly becomes deathly ill. In the ER she is diagnosed with dysentery, caused by a rare but particularly aggressive form of Salmonella. One antibiotic after another fails because the strain, picked up when…

When the neighborhood chit chat inevitably ends up talking ticks, Lyme, and pesticides – you know there’s a problem. A big problem. A 300,000 cases of Lyme a year kind of problem. Which may not seem like a lot, until you look at a map and realize most of these are here in the Northeast […]