Monday, January 23, 2012 11:16:28 AM
Of course eating a sprouted potato is not good so... Besides the dose makes the poison. However organic farming can help restore economic stability which is of much greater concern than living healthier and longer. I don't want to maximize my life at the salt mine.
Earlier I made reference to the meaning and derivation of "teratogen." It`s a relatively new word, coined at about the time of the thalidomide tragedy. The developmental toxicologist I used to know once told me this story:
She was at a press conference, attended by parents and children born with birth defects. When she used the word *teratogenic*, a reporter asked for an explanation. She went into wonk mode and quickly responded, "It`s from the Greek, and means `monster-creating`...." It was out of her mouth in an instant and at that point she wanted to crawl under a rock.
Monday, January 23, 2012 4:09:15 AM
@CrakrJak (may I call you CJ?):
Thank for your observation on working with those born with birth defects. I agree: I sometimes see what grace some people are exhibiting, in the face of terrible burdens, and it makes whatever problems I have seem trivial by comparison. It's a good reality-check.
I had a lot of misgivings about posting that photo of the thalidomide baby and actually deleted the entire post at one point. I`d already been accused of fear-mongering on this topic, and that photo is just so horrible. But in the end, I decided that it`s important to remind people about the capacity for harm some of these synthetic chemicals have already demonstrated. Some of the readers of IAB are so young, they may never have even heard of the thalidomide tragedy.