Potential dangers of the chlorine tablet shortage
<p>High demand for a chemical product in short supply creates a perfect storm for accidental poisoning exposures according to a New Jersey Poison Control Center advisory. Dr. Diane Calello, MD tells us in this episode how these incidents can occur. She also give us prevention tips. Dr. Calello is the medical and executive director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center.</p>
<p>New Jersey Poison Control Center website</p>
<p>Poison Center phone number (US)</p>
<p>NJ Poison Control Center online chat</p>
<p>Canadian Poison Centers phone number (Different number for each province)</p>
Tips to reduce waterborne illness cases in swimming pools and hot tubs
<p>The majority of recreational water outbreaks occur in public pools, hot tubs or water playgrounds according to a recent CDC report. We discuss the causes and how to reduce the occurrence of Legionella and Cryptosporidium in treated recreational waters with Michele Hlavsa, MPH of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).</p>
<p>Michele Hlavsa is the chief of the CDC's Healthy Swimming Program. She has a BSc in Nursing from the College of New Jersey and a Master of Public Health from Emory University.</p>
<p>CDC Healthy Swimming Program: <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/index.html">https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/index.html</a></p>
<p>Article: <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7020a1.htm">https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7020a1.htm</a></p>
<p>Model Aquatic Health Code: <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/mahc/index.html">https://www.cdc.gov/mahc/index.html</a></p>
<p>12 Steps for the prevention of recreational water illnesses: <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/aquatics-professionals/twelve-steps-for-prevention-rwi.html">https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/aquatics-professionals/twelve-steps-for-prevention-rwi.html</a></p>
<p>Toolkit for controlling Legionella: <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/wmp/control-toolkit/index.html">https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/wmp/control-toolkit/index.html</a></p>
<p>Disinfection of hot tubs containing Legionella: <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/downloads/hot-tub-disinfection.pdf">https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/downloads/hot-tub-disinfection.pdf</a></p>
Indoor air quality
<p>Winter is coming soon. This means we will be spending more time indoors. We've invited Dr. Miriam Diamond of the University of Toronto to talk about ways to improve indoor air quality and to reduce the health impacts of indoor air contaminants.</p>
<p>Show notes </p>
<p>10m55s VOCs are volatile organic compounds. These substances are contained in building materials, cigarette, cleaning products, air fresheners, glues and moth repellants. People can be exposed to these compounds through inhaling VOC gases or skin contact with products that contain these chemicals. VOCs can induce nausea, dizziness, fatigue, headache and irritation of the respiratory system and eyes. Long term exposure to these compounds is associated with cancer, kidney and liver problems.</p>
<p>Source: <a href="https://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/chemicals-and-contaminants/volatile-organic-compounds-vocs">https://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/chemicals-and-contaminants/volatile-organic-compounds-vocs</a></p>
An online Poison Control Center
<p>If you don't want to call the Poison Center with your phone, you can use an online tool developed by the National Capital Poison Center to get information on first aid procedures related to poisonings. Dr. Kelly Johnson-Arbor MD, will tell us all we need to know on Web Poison Control.</p>
<p>Web Poison Control</p>
Safe spring cleaning
<p>Julie Weber RPh, CSPI of the Missouri Poison Center is joining us for Poison Prevention Week to talk about how to prevent poisonings associated with cleaning chemicals.</p>
<p>Missouri Poison Center Spring Cleaning article</p>
<p>American Association of Poison Control Centers Prevention page</p>
<p>Canadian Poison Control Centres phone number <strong>(numbers are different for each provinces)</strong></p>
<p><a href="https://www.aapcc.org/centers">https://www.aapcc.org/centers</a> <strong>Look under Canada </strong></p>
<p>Statements about Poison Prevention Week 2019 from the Canadian Minister of Health</p>
<p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2019/03/message-from-the-minister-of-health--national-poison-prevention-week-2019---march-17-23-2019.html">https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2019/03/message-from-the-minister-of-health--national-poison-prevention-week-2019---march-17-23-2019.htm</a><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2019/03/message-from-the-minister-of-health--national-poison-prevention-week-2019---march-17-23-2019.html">l</a></p>
<p>US President's Proclamation on Poison Prevention Week 2019</p>
A chemist's quest for food safety
<p>In this episode, we will be discussing a book called the Poison Squad One chemist's single-minded crusade for food safety at the turn of the twentieth century.</p>
<p>My guest today is the author of the book, Deborah Blum. She is the director of the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT and publisher of Undark Magazine.</p>
<p>Author's official website</p>
Winter poisoning hazards
<p>We use various products to protect ourselves and our objects from cold and ice during the winter but they might be hazardous if they are not handled safely. Julie Weber, RPh, CSPI of the Missouri Poison Center is here with us to tell us more about the toxic content of these products.</p>
Book interview (What the eyes don't see)
<p>On this first episode of 2019, we will be talking about the book <strong>What the eyes don't see</strong>. This book is about a pediatrician who helped uncover the Flint water crisis with her study on children's blood lead level. Our guest today is the author of this book, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. </p>
<p><strong>22m38s Mistake: EPA Law and Copper Rule. Correct: EPA Lead and Copper Rule</strong></p>
<p>Dr. Hanna-Attisha's official website. Good place to visit if you want to get her book ( a part of the book's proceeds will go to the Flint kids fund).</p>
<p>Pediatric Public Health Initiative</p>
<p>Flint kids fund</p>
<p>Biography of John Snow</p>
<p>Brief explanation of what is epidemiology (if you don't know already..)</p>
Is MRI chemical agent Gadolinium toxic?
<p>Today, we will find out if that's the case with our guest Dr.Yana Lyapustina. Dr. Lyapustina is a medical doctor and emergency medicine resident at the University of Connecticut. She wrote an article review about the clinical evaluation of patient with reported gadolinium-associated illness.</p>
<p>FDA news report about gadolinium and NSF adverse reaction</p>
<p>To report adverse health effects associated with medications</p>
Soy intake can lead to negative health effects
We've all heard or read that soy intake is good for our health but according to Dr. Heather Patisaul's research soy phytoestrogens can have adverse health effects in certain groups of the population.
Dr. Patisaul is a Professor of Biological Sciences in the Center for Human Health and the Environment at NC State University. She joins us to talk about how to prevent the health impacts associated with these compounds.
Holiday Poison Prevention
If you want to know which holiday objects of this Christmas season are poisonous, Julie Weber RPh, CSPI of the Missouri Poisson Center has all the answers on today's episode.
Mercury spills in the household
Today, we will talk about mercury spills induced by broken objects containing this metal. My guest is Tony Burda of the Illinois Poison Center. We will discuss the health effects of mercury, treatment of a mercury exposure and ways to clean objects that have been contaminated with mercury.
Carbon monoxide poisoning in a pregnant woman
Today on the episode, we will talk about a carbon monoxide poisoning case in a pregnant woman. Our guest Dr. Kelly Johnson-Arbor MD of the National Capital Poison Center will tell us about the health effects of carbon monoxide, the treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning, and how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Sometimes antibiotics can be harmful
Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that can cause adverse effects such as rupture tendons or severe neurological symptoms. Dr. Beatrice Golomb MD, PhD of the Golomb Research Group at UC San Diego will tell us about the risk factors, contraindications, and management of fluoroquinolones adverse effects. We will also discuss tips for patients experiencing adverse effects associated with this drug.
Dr.Golomb's Fluoroquinolones research study
Story of a patient who experienced fluoroquinolones adverse effects
What you need to know on Flea-borne typhus
<p>In this episode, our guest Dr. Aiman Halai of the LA County Department of Public Health will tell us about the health effects of this infectious disease and what we can do to protect our family and our pets.</p>
Toxic rubber in playgrounds
Today, we will be talking about potential toxic substances contained in crumb rubber. Crumb rubber is used as infill for playgrounds and athletic fields. My guest Dr. Sarah Evans, Phd of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will tells us all we need to know about these harmful substances.
Today, our guest is Art Kubic. He's a pharmacist with the Illinois Poison Center. We will talk about the following items on this episode: toxic halloween-related products, symptoms induced by toxic halloween-related substances, first aid procedures, and tips to stay safe while trick or treating.
Lead exposure from a coffee mug and a health supplement
A case study reports a sequential exposure to lead from a ceramic mug and a maca root powder supplement in a 32 year old woman. Dr. Kelly Johnson-Arbor, a medical toxicologist with the National Capital Poison Center and an author of the study, will tell us about uncommon sources of lead, health effects of lead, and what to do if we suspect an exposure to lead.
Websites mentioned by Dr. Kelly Johnson-Arbor:
US Medical toxicology Clinics: https://www.acmt.net/cgi/page.cgi/findtoxicologist.html
US Poison Control Centers Phone Number (for more info on Poison Control Centers listen to episode 5)
Rattlesnake bite prevention
Our guest Dr. Michelle Ruha, MD, a medical toxicologist and expert in snake envenomation, will give us tips on how to avoid rattlesnake bites. She will also tell us about first aid procedures for rattlesnake bites.
Opioid medication ingestions in children and adolescents
A study published in Pediatrics reports that children and adolescents were exposed to buprenorphine, a medication used for the treatment of opioid addiction and acute pain. One of the co-author of the study, Rick Spiller of the Central Ohio Poison Center, will be discussing with us the reasons for these exposures and how to prevent them. He will also talk about the effects and the treatment of a buprenorphine overdose.
A personal battle against rat lungworm disease
Today, we're going to talk about a parasite, the rat lungworm, which is thought to be rare in the US. A report by the CDC tell us the opposite. My guest today is Kathleen Howe. She is a rat lungworm disease expert of the University of Hawaii. Kathleen has led a personal battle against this parasite since her son has been affected by this parasite. Kathleen will talk about the following items: health effects of rat lungworm, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and why rat lungworm disease is underreported in Hawaii.
How to prevent drug overdose suicides
This a special episode for International Overdose Awareness Day. We will talk about how to prevent drug overdose suicides with our guest Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber, Phd of Columbia Lighthouse Project. She will also talk about the Columbia Protocol a promising test for assessing the risk of suicide. This test can be used by anyone. For more info visit: http://cssrs.columbia.edu/
Toxic metals in e-cigarette vapor
Today, we will be talking about the health effects of metals present in e-cigarette vapors and how we can lessen the effects of these toxic compounds. My guest is Dr. Ana Maria Rule. She is a research scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Healthy practices during wildfire season
Today, BCCDC wildfire smoke expert Dr. Sarah Henderson, will give us all the necessary information to stay healthy during wildfire season. We will discuss the following items:
-Signs and Symptoms of wildfire smoke exposure
-Preventive measures to reduce exposure to wildfire smoke
-Tools to measure air quality
How to cook food safely outdoor
Hot summer temperature contributes to bacterial growth. BCCDC Food Safety Expert Lorraine McIntyre will give us the 411 on how to keep bacteria out of food when cooking outside in hot weather. In this episode, some of the topics that will be discussed are food cross-contamination, proper heat temperature for meat and poultry, and what is the best way to get bacteria out of our hands.
How to deal with a deadly mushroom
Our guest today is Cat Adams, a Phd candidate at UCBerkeley. She is doing a thesis on death cap mushrooms. She will tells us about the do's and dont's when handling this mushroom. In addition to that, she will give us tips on how to forage for mushrooms
Beware of the wild parsnip plant
In this episode, Dr. Sarah Vose, Phd from the Vermont Department of Health, tells us about the effects of this skin-burning plant and how to protect yourself from it. She also describe how this plant looks like.
A killer bacteria that won't go away
A lot of people think that tuberculosis (TB) is not present in developed countries. However, a study reveals the occurrence of TB in children and teens in British Columbia, Canada. The author of the study, Jennifer Guthrie MSc. Phd (candidate) from the BCCDC, gives us information on the symptoms, detection and prevention of TB. Also, we discuss the findings of the study.
How to protect yourself from Norovirus
Jason Tetro, aka the germ guy, is back again with advice to protect yourself from Norovirus when you're at the beach. He also talks about how to recognize and treat a norovirus infection.
First aid procedures for sea jelly stings
Today, we will discuss the do's and don'ts of first aid procedures for lion's mane jellyfish stings. In addition to that, we will talk about the signs and symptoms of jellyfish stings. Dr. Angel Yanagihara is my guest for this episode. She is a world renowned expert on this topic. Dr. Yanagihara appeared on documentaries of the BBC, CBC and PBS.
Know how to deal with a skin-burning plant
In this episode, My guest Melissa Bravo MSc. from Meadow Lake Farm Consulting will tell us why the giant hogweed is a dangerous plant. In addition to that, she will describe what to do if we get burned by the plant and how do we get rid of it.
Nasty Cyclosporas in Salad and Vegetable Trays
Jason Tetro BSc, the author of the Germ files, joins us to talk about how cyclospora induces its effects, how it is diagnosed and treated, and what to do to reduce our exposure.
Hand dryers make your hands dirtier
In this episode, Dr. Peter Setlow BSc. ,Phd from the University of Connecticut Health Center tells us what can we do to decrease our exposure to bacterial deposition by hand dryers.
How blue green algae are removed from drinking water
In this episode, I discuss with Dr. Theo Dreher, Phd from Oregon State University:
-How blue green algae appear
-Health effects of blue green algae
-Eating fish and shellfish from contaminated water
-Swimming in contaminated lakes
-Removal of blue green algae from drinking water
What you need to know about opioids
My guest today is Steve Dudley, PharmD from Arizona's Poison and Drug Information Center.
In this episode, we discuss signs of abuse, overdose symptoms and what to do in a overdose. Also, we talk about the Arizona Opioid Assistance and Referral Line that was created by the Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona's Poison and Drug Information Centers .
What to do if a child swallows a button battery
In this episode, we discuss how honey can reduce injuries induced by button batteries. In addition to that, we discuss how to prevent button battery ingestion in children. My guest today is Dr. Kris Jatana MD, FAAP, an otolaryngologist from Nationwide Childrens Hospital. If you have more questions about button batteries, please contact the National Battery Ingestion hotline at 1-800-498-8666 or your local poison center.
Increase in teens and children overdosing on ADHD drugs
<p>In this episode, we discuss the causes for this increase, how to prevent adhd medication overdoses in this population and the signs and symptoms of an ADHD drug overdose. My guest is RIck Spiller MS, D.ABAT, FAACT. He is the director of the Central Ohio Poison Center.</p>
Important facts to know about the Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons
Today my guest is Dr. Michele Jay-Russell DVM, MPVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, who is a food safety specialist from the University of California, Davis. We talked about the Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons that affected people in 5 different states in the US. We also discussed how salmonellosis is diagnosed, treated and what to do if we have contaminated melons.
Do you eat a lot of fish? You may be at risk of poisoning.
In this episode, my guest Dr. Nicholas Fisher BSc, Phd from Stony Brook University reveals to us that eating a lot of fish which contains methylmercury can cause poisoning. Dr. Fisher also explains to us how one can reduce his or her exposure to methylmercury .
What to do when you have been poisoned.
My guest today is Fiorella Carhuaz BSc, CHES, from the Oregon Poison Center. We discuss how poison control centers can help you when you've been poisoned by chemicals, medications., recreational drugs, mushrooms, venoms, plants and herbs. Dial 1-800-222-1222 to reach a poison center in the United States and the phone numbers for each Canadian provinces are listed on this webpage https://safemedicationuse.ca/tools_resources/poison_centres.html?. For more information on the Oregon Poison Center you can visit their website https://www.ohsu.edu/xd/outreach/oregon-poison-center/
What you need to know on ayahuasca
Ayahuasca is a tea from South America containing a substance with hallucinogenic properties called DMT. There are studies favoring the use of ayahuasca and other's who don't. In this interview, my guest Matthew Bilhimer PharmD, BCPS from the University of Kansas Health System gives us the facts surrounding this tea concoction.
How to protect yourself from microbes in hotel swimming pools and hot tubs
According to a report released by the CDC, 1 in 3 swimming-related disease occur in hotel. CDC expert Michele Hlavsa RN MPH explains to us how germs induce swimming-related disease and she gives tips on how to protect ourselves from these microbes.
The dangers of synthetic cannabinoids: the so called safe legal drugs
Synthetic cannabinoids are recreational drugs that are marketed as legal and safe. Sabra Botch-Jones, M.S., M.A., D-ABFT-FT a forensic toxicologist from Boston University, reveals to us that this is not the case. She also explains how these substance can be dangerous for those who use it.
How to reduce toxic chemicals in your garden
My guest this week is Hannah Shayler BS, MA, who is an extension associate at Cornell Waste Management Institute. We talk about how chemicals get into your garden and ways to reduce their presence in soils and crops.
What is the Poison Terminator Podcast all about?
In this episode, I talk about who I am, what the podcast is about and why I am doing this podcast.