Monthly Archives: November 2013

Poisons By The Dose

arsenic soapFrom Arsenic and Old Lace to arsenic in rice, mercury making hatters mad to mercury used today in skin creams, some poisons just won’t go away. In this episode we talk about chemicals that threaten our health, often even at very low doses.

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Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize winning science journalist and author of several books that look at the intersections between science and society. We talked about her 2010 book The Poisoner’s Handbook, which uncovers the birth of modern forensic toxicology and features two crusading public servants in the New York City medical examiner’s office in the 1930’s. The two men, Charles Norris and Alexander Gettler, pioneered forensic science and advocated for public health reforms that were far ahead of the times. We also speak to scientist Pete Myers of Environmental Health Sciences about the health threats from low-dose exposures to chemicals that can alter and disrupt our bodies’ natural hormones.

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Episode 6 Promo – Poisons by the Dose

PoisHbComing soon! We hear from Pulitzer Prize winning science journalist Deborah Blum, on her book The Poisoner’s Handbook, which uncovers the little-known history of the birth of modern forensic science pioneered by two men who took over the New York City medical examiner’s office in the early 20th century. Deborah also gives us a sneak preview of her forthcoming book on the history of food poisonings and food safety regulations. And we hear from a special guest, a scientist whose work focuses on exposure to low-doses of chemicals that can alter and disrupt our bodies’ natural hormones.

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